Twitter hails Serena Williams as greatest ever after Wimbledon win
Plenty have hailed Serena Williams as the greatest female tennis player of all time, but there's a case for calling her the greatest ever, male or female.
The American wrapped up victory over Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon in straight sets, 7-5 6-3, to claim her 22nd career grand slam.
After 11 straight holds of serve Serena finally pounces, breaking with some excellent tennis to take the first 7-5 pic.twitter.com/85Lop0VfZC
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2016
Williams has dominated her sport, being at the top of the game for more than a decade and a half, so it is more than fair to consider her in discussions of the greatest ever.
Greatest of all time. pic.twitter.com/Ji8XXcS5Jj
— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) July 9, 2016
Look, I haven't lived for that long but Serena might just be the greatest athlete I've seen in my life.
— Priya, wearing a mask (@Priya8Ramesh) July 9, 2016
Serena Williams has not only elevated women’s tennis into a new stratosphere, but tennis as a whole. Remarkable athlete. Simply the best.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) July 9, 2016
It was Williams' seventh Wimbledon triumph - her first came all the way back in 2002 - and avenged her Australian Open final defeat against 28-year-old German Angelique Kerber.
Victory takes her career earnings above $80m, and few would rule out many more singles titles.
Her current grand slam tally sits at 22 thanks to victory over Kerber - bringing her level with another all-time great, Steffi Graf.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 9, 2016
But before that she has the ladies' doubles final to play, alongside sister Venus, with a chance to seal a sixth doubles victory in SW19 and a first since 2012.
Is Serena ready to play doubles. "I'm so pumped." #wimbledon
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) July 9, 2016
After that, attention will turn to the Men's Singles final, with a certain Scottish player chasing Wimbledon glory.
Come on then Andy. A Serena - Murray double this weekend would be perfection
— will hardy (@wiliamhardy) July 9, 2016