In London on Saturday morning, Serena Williams beat Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon Finals. Williams, who is ranked no. 1 in the world in women's tennis, now has seven Wimbledon championships and 22 Grand Slam titles -- and the latter number now puts her in rarefied air.
Williams' Grand Slam total ties Steffi Graf's record of the most major championships in the Open era and puts her two behind the the all-time high of 24 held by Margaret Court. The Open era began in 1968; Court's last major championship came in 1973.
"It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked for it," Williams stated after her win.
The Wimbledon final marks Williams' second meeting with Kerber so far in 2016. Williams lost when she first played the German-native in January's Australian Open, but Williams was able to bounce back and win commandingly in London.
Even the match itself made history: according to ESPN, it's "the first time in a decade two women met to decide multiple major titles in a single season." However, Kerber, ranked fourth in women's tennis, simply couldn't keep up with the powerful Williams during Saturday's rematch.