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Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Closes in on Grand Slam

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Serena Williams of the United States reacts as she holds up the trophy after winning the women's singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, July 11, 2015.

Serena Williams of the United States reacts as she holds up the trophy after winning the women's singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, July 11, 2015.

American Serena Williams won the women's singles title at the Wimbledon tennis tournament near London, overcoming a slow start to defeat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Williams, rated No. 1 in the world, now has won the famed British tournament six times. And at 33, she is the oldest female player ever to hold the championship.

With victories tracing back to last year, Williams now is the current holder of all four Grand Slam tennis titles.

The “Serena Slam” is not a first for her, however; she had the same distinction in 2002-2003.

Grand Slam

But what has tennis fans on the edge of their seats is the prospect of yet another milestone for Williams – a true Grand Slam, by winning all four major championships in one calendar year.

With Wimbledon and her earlier victories in the Australian Open and the French Open, she now has won three of the four this year.

That leaves only the United States Open in New York, held in early September.

If Williams wins in New York, she would be the first woman to capture the Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.

Only two other women have ever completed a Grand Slam: Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Margaret Court in 1970.

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