Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title and sixth at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-4 victory over first-time major finalist Garbine Muguruza of Spain. After a strong and courageous start, Muguruza’s resistance was cracked midway through the first set and when it seemed that Williams would finish things off quickly in the second set, Muguruza treated tennis fans with a miraculous stretch of three game wins.
The world No.20 Muguruza broke Williams’ serve in the long opening game and hung on to that advantage all the way to 4-2, when Williams won her service game to love and finally used a break point to level the set at 4-4. Quickly afterwards, the set went into the hands of the world number one.
Having found her rhythm, Williams started cruising through the second set, quickly finding herself at 5-1. However, serving for the championship, Muguruza broke Williams to love and prolonged the inevitable. Actually, she prolonged it more than we expected, holding serve in the following game and again earning 40-0 on Williams’ serve in the ninth game of the set. Muguruza showed her heart and determination and miraculously hung in there to break Williams again, approaching the American from 1-5 to 4-5. Despite this entertaining comeback, no wonder that eventually Serena won. Muguruza is just human and one has to be superhuman to beat Serena in a Grand Slam final. However, Muguruza displayed amazing composure and power and we sure know that Grand Slam titles are waiting for her. Moreover, she’s now entering the Top 10!
The American world No.1 has repeated the Serena Slam, meaning that she has now won four consecutive Grand Slams, starting from the 2014 US Open. The first time Serena achieved that was in 2002/2003. Moreover, Serena has now won the third leg of a Calendar Slam. What’s one more US Open for her! (photo via Kate)