Serena Williams Wins Wimbledon, Completes ‘Serena Slam’
Serena Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.
When her opponent’s final shot sailed out, Serena Williams wasn’t sure whether the match was over or not. It took a few seconds before the realization sunk in — not only had she won her sixth Wimbledon title, but her bid for another “Serena Slam” was complete.
Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to dispatch Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall.
Saturday’s win means Serena now holds all four Grand Slam titles at once — completing the second “Serena Slam” of her career. That however, is not all. The world number one is now just one Major title away from completing a calendar-year Grand Slam. If she wins the U.S. Open later this season, she will become the first player to sweep all four Slams in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988.
I can’t believe I’m standing here at another Grand Slam. I’m having so much fun out here. I just never dreamt I would be out here still and let alone winning.
– Serena Williams
Williams, who won her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and three behind all-time leader Margaret Court.
At 33, Williams is also the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She has now won eight major championships in her 30s, including her first Wimbledon title since 2012.
“It feels so good,” Williams said after accepting the winner’s trophy — the Venus Rosewater Dish — on Centre Court from the Duke of Kent. “It’s been a little while and you really appreciate holding it.”
Muguruza, the first Spanish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 15 years, was bidding to become the first to win Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez in 1994. Despite losing nine out of 10 games at one stretch Saturday, she dug in and made in tough for Williams.
I learned that she’s also nervous, even though she played I don’t know how many finals. And she finds the way, being so nervous, to serve, to hit winners. She’s world No. 1. That’s what I saw today.
– Garbine Muguruza
The Spaniard established herself as a rising star over the past two weeks and received a standing ovation Saturday that left her in tears.
“I couldn’t stop crying,” Muguruza said.
Williams hasn’t lost in a Grand Slam since falling in the third round to Alize Cornet at Wimbledon last year. Since then, she won last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian and French Opens before completing the set at Wimbledon.
Williams extended her winning streak in Grand Slam finals to eight and improved her overall record in major finals to 21-4, including 6-2 at Wimbledon.
Williams was the last player to win four majors in a row, when she achieved her first “Serena Slam” by taking the 2002 French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and the 2003 Australian Open.
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