World number one Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber to win a seventh Wimbledon and 22nd Grand Slam title.
Williams beat Kerber on Centre Court to win 7-5 6-3 and equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of major titles.
Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January but could not produce another shock.
Williams ends a losing run at Slams stretching back to Wimbledon last year.
Later on Centre Court, Serena and sister Venus claimed their sixth Wimbledon women’s doubles title – and 14th Grand Slam trophy – with a 6-3 6-4 win over Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova.
Fourteen years since she first won Wimbledon, Williams claimed the title for a seventh time after dropping just one set all tournament.
The world number one banished memories of last year, when she fell two matches short of a historic calendar Grand Slam, and of losing in the Australian and French Open finals this year.
“It’s been incredibly difficult not to think about it,” she said of finally winning number 22.
“It makes the victory even sweeter to know how hard I worked hard for it.
“This court definitely feels like home, I have a match later today in the doubles, so I’ll be back out.”
Williams moves alongside German great Graf in the all-time list of Grand Slam singles champions, and just two behind overall leader Margaret Court, the Australian who won 13 of her 24 major titles before tennis turned professional in 1968.
Meanwhile, experts in the game have continued to pour encomiums on the champion.
Steffi Graf, seven-time Wimbledon champion on Facebook: “What an incredible performance by Serena at Wimbledon. Such a gift to all sport fans who get to continue to watch her add to an already amazing career #22.”
Billie Jean King, six-time Wimbledon champion: “The difference was the serve, because their groundstrokes they matched up so well.
“It is the most beautiful serve ever. I remember seeing Serena when she was probably 11 or 12 and her technique was beautiful and she is such a terrific athlete.-
“Serena hates losing and I think that is what makes her so great. If Serena can keep her motivation and stay healthy I think she can be the greatest ever. I think she is and will be, but she needs to do it.”
Lindsay Davenport, 1999 Wimbledon champion: “This has been the goal since Serena left the tournament 12 months ago, to get to 22 and seven Wimbledon titles.
“She has been a woman on a mission for two weeks. She had one iffy match against [Christina] McHale and that was it.”
John McEnroe, three-time Wimbledon champion: “I do think it is highly likely that will happen [Williams overtaking Court], she has tremendous will and desire. If you want to be the greatest of the great, that is the way you have to play.
“I don’t see anyone on the horizon that will mean she doesn’t get at least a couple more quickly.”