On Saturday Serena Williams breezed her way to winning this year's Wimbledon in just two sets, gaining her 22nd Grand Slam title and equalling the previous world record as she did so.

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If you want a visual representation of how impressive her career has been to date, here's a break down:

In her post-match interviews, Williams talked about what it means to be a role model as the black woman from Compton, a rough area of Los Angeles, who is now arguably the greatest living athlete on the planet today.

Anyone, any kid out there that wants to be something, has dreams.

I didn’t come from any money or anything, but I did have a dream and I did have hope. That’s really all you need.

We shouldn’t put any female athlete in a box. Why do we have to be limited to just female athletes? We all work really hard. We just want to be known as just athletes.

She also made sure to mention how ongoing police brutality in the US has her fearing for her young nephews' lives, and that the struggle for equal rights is far from over.

BBC Sport put together a fitting tribute to the 34-year-old's greatness using one of her favorite poems - 'Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou.

It's a beautiful, powerful poem about the resiliency of black womanhood, written by one phenomenal woman and recited by another.


The words to the abbreviated version of the Angelou poem are:

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise
I rise
I rise.

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