"'It's a great relief", this is how Serena Williams describes her 22th Grand Slam title that allows her to equal Steffi Graf.
Serena Williams has won the first set of the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.
Kerber, however, said that she was no less and played on a really high level in the finals.
Serena has clinched a total of 71 career titles in contrast to Kerber's nine titles.
"I don't look at the reward, I look at how to achieve it, and there was clearly something missing in the last eight months, and the thing that was missing was just Serena".
Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams of the U.S hold their trophies after winning the women's doubles final against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazahkstan and Timea Babos of Hungary on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 9, 2016. You get really nervous.
Williams is trying to win her 22nd major title, and seventh at Wimbledon.
The Frenchman said: "If I'm totally honest, I'm not relieved to have the 22nd, I'm relieved to have found back Serena". She faced just one break point - at 3-all in the second set, representing Kerber's only real opening - and shut the door emphatically with aces at 117 miles per hour and 124 miles per hour.
Serena Williams will play Angelique Kerber in the women's final on Centre Court.
"I love gold. Not to knock the Olympics, but right now I am probably focused a little more on the slams, or at least I was with getting to 22", she said.
Williams lost to Kerber in the final at this years Australian Open and was beaten by Garbine Muguruza in the final of the French Open.
As Williams cements her spot in the GOAT discussion, Kerber's breakthrough at age 28 is one of the biggest storylines this season. They already have won three gold medals in doubles, at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.
"I had to start looking at positives, not focusing on that one loss per tournament which really isn't bad, and for anyone else on this tour would be completely happy about it. Once I started focusing more on the positives, I realised that I'm pretty good".
She was awarded the title after her astounding performance in 2015. "But I know how to get here, and I will hope that I will get one day the chance to play another final here".
The Royal Box was once again packed full with a galaxy of stars who have turned out for the prestigious occasion and the opportunity to see Williams confirm her status as an all-time great. "So she brought the energy from Game 1 and that really brought me up, too".
For Venus it was a consolation after she lost to Kerber in Thursday's singles semi-finals - denying her a first grand slam singles final since losing to Serena at Wimbledon in 2009.
"He said he recognized that I was different and I was back to who I am, usually", Williams said. When she directed that last forehand volley there, she fell backward to the grass - and to the top.