Last week was especially hard on the black community in America and they certainly needed something to celebrate.
Serena Williams did not fail to be that point of celebration as she delivered a record-matching Wimbledon win over the weekend.
Serena Williams the world number one after being deprived of a record-tying 22nd grand slam title in the Australian Open and French Open finals this year, finally got her way on Saturday by defeating a dogged Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in a high-quality Wimbledon final, securing a Wimbledon win.
She has now claimed the title seven times, with the most recent win meaning she holds the joint record for 22 Grand Slams. Angelique Kerber had beat Williams in Melbourne in January but the world number one turned the tables on the grass.
Williams, 34, lost just one set throughout the tournament, beating German Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in the final.
With this 22nd Grand Slam win under her belt, Williams now holds the record number of wins alongside German player Steffi Graf since the introduction of Open Era tennis in 1968.
Margaret Court holds the all-time record, with 24 major wins, but 13 of these were won before the Open Era.
After claiming the title, Williams said her 22nd prospective win has been on her mind.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it, I had a couple of tries this year, lost to two great opponents.
Thank you for being out here to say number 22, I love you guys so much. This court definitely feels like home. I have a match out here in doubles, so I’ll be back out here later on.”
She did come back out later on Saturday and combined with her sibling, captured the women’s doubles crown. Beyoncé and Jay Z were among the crowd celebrating Williams’ win, having traveled to watch the Wimbledon final in person.