Serena Williams secured her 22nd Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Saturday

By Char Adams
July 11, 2016 12:00 PM
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Serena Williams‘ week is off to a great start.

On Saturday, Serena Williams secured her 22nd Grand Slam at Wimbledon after beating out Germany’s Angelique Kerber on the court, kicking off a seriously awesome time for the tennis star.

The 34-year-old uploaded an Instagram photo of herself sprawled out on the court after the match, writing, “22 Grand Slam Titles.”

Reaching her 22nd Grand Slam means Williams is now tied with tennis legend Steffi Graf‘s Open-era record. And on Saturday, Graf took to social media to congratulate Williams on her win.

“What an incredible performance by Serena at Wimbledon!” Graf wrote in a Facebook post. “Such a gift to all sport fans who get to continue to watch her add to an already amazing career #22!!!”

In true Williams fashion, the tennis star spoke confidently about the Wimbledon championships ahead of the tournament.

“I feel more than ready,” she told Gayle King during a panel following the premiere of the EPIX documentary about her life, Serena. “It feels weird, like I just feel super strong and I feel super confident.”

After stealing the show at Wimbledon, Williams couldn’t help but stop the show once more at the Wimbledon Champion’s Ball on Sunday in London.

“Wimbledon team. #squadgoals,” Williams captioned an Instagram photo of herself with a group of people.

The tennis champion sported a red, floor-length gown with red and gold detail around the chest and torso.

Wimbledon officials uploaded a photo of the athlete to its Twitter account, writing, “Welcome to the Champions’ Dinner @serenawilliams.”

Congratulations for Williams from social media users flooded in to Twitter well into Monday, with many sharing photos of the athlete and calling her an “inspiration.”

Williams also weighed in on the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Louisiana and Minnesota respectively as well as the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas, Texas.

“I think the shooting in Dallas was very sad, and no one deserves to lose their life. It doesn’t matter what color they are, where they’re from, we are all human and we have to learn that – we have to love one another,” Williams told reporters.

“It’s gonna take a lot of education and a lot of work to get to that point but I think in general the entire situation is extremely sad … and it is something that is very painful to see happening.

And although Williams has seen her fair share of losses – her last two Opens in France and Australia both ended in defeat – she said she tries to focus on the positives in her life.

“Obviously I had some really tough losses but if you look at the big picture – I was just thinking about getting to grand slam finals and, you know, in the past eight grand slams, I don’t know how many finals I’ve been in,” she told reporters at the post-match press conference.

“So, it’s pretty impressive and so I had to start looking at the positives and not focusing on that one loss per tournament, which really isn’t bad so once I started focusing more on the positives I realized that I’m pretty good and then I start playing a little better.”

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