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The historical significance of Serena Williams' Wimbledon championship

Saturday's win was Serena Williams' seventh Wimbledon title and her 22nd Grand Slam championship. Julian Finney/Getty Images

A commanding final game gave Serena Williams a straight-sets victory over Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon women’s singles final Saturday. ESPN Stats & Information puts her accomplishments into perspective.

Adding up the titles

Williams has 22 Grand Slam titles, matching Steffi Graf for second-most among women all time behind Margaret Court (24).

Saturday’s victory was Williams' seventh Wimbledon singles title. Only Martina Navratilova, with nine, has more. Graf (seven at Wimbledon) and Chris Evert (seven at the French Open) are the only other women in the Open era with as many as seven titles at any one Grand Slam event.

In her Grand Slam career, Williams has faced -- and excelled against -- the best. Kerber was seeded fourth at Wimbledon, and Williams’ win on Saturday improved her record in matches against top-five seeds in Grand Slam events to 26-4 (.867). That’s the best winning percentage by a woman in the Open era in Grand Slam top-five matchups (minimum of five matches).

Williams had won 19 consecutive top-five Grand Slam matchups until her loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final a month ago.

Before losing the final of the Australian Open and French Open this year, Williams had never lost back-to-back Grand Slam finals. Before Saturday, the only woman who had won the third major of a year after losing in the first two finals was Navratilova in 1987.

Excelling as she ages

Williams won one Grand Slam as a teenager, whereas Graf won six. But Williams is making up for the relatively slow start.

She has won nine Grand Slam titles since turning 30, the most by any woman in the Open era. The next-closest players are Court and Navratilova, who each won three Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

At 34 years, 287 days old, Williams broke the Open era record she set at last year’s Wimbledon for the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title (33 years, 289 days).

Kerber had rare opportunity

Kerber was seeking to become the third woman to defeat Williams in multiple finals in a season. The others are Maria Sharapova (2004) and Victoria Azarenka (2013). No woman has defeated Williams in multiple Grand Slam finals in any season.

Kerber defeated Venus Williams in the semifinals and could have become the fourth woman to defeat the Williams sisters in the same Grand Slam tournament. The last woman to achieve that feat was Kim Clijsters on her way to the 2009 US Open title.

After not reaching the round of 16 at any major last season, Kerber -- the 2016 Australian Open winner over Serena Williams -- has reached the final of multiple Grand Slam events this season.

Kerber hadn’t lost a set this year at Wimbledon before Saturday’s match. The last woman to win Wimbledon without dropping a set was Marion Bartoli in 2013.