Proving once again that she is one of the greatest, if not the greatest female tennis players of all time, Serena Williams turned away 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza's challenge to win her sixth Wimbledon title and 21st grand slam overall.
The score, 6-4, 6-4, is mighty deceptive as it doesn't quite reflect the determination on the part of Muguruza to pull off what would have been the biggest win of her career. Muguruza led the world number one, 4-2, in the first set thanks to her consistent groundstrokes that had Williams reeling. As soon as Williams serves started connecting, however, it was all over in the first set as Muguruza's inexperience may have played a part in her committing unforced errors.
Williams continued to outclass Muguruza as she raced to a 5-1 lead in the second set, connecting on her first serves with power. But Muguruza broke Williams serve at love, held, then broke again, hitting shots freely, taking her opponent by surprise. Serving at 4-5, Muguruza found herself down 0-40 and at matchpoint, missed the left side line to end her Wimbledon campaign.
"It feels so good," Williams said after the match. "Garbine played so well. I didn't even know it was over because she was fighting so hard at the end. Don't be sad you will be holding this trophy very, very soon. I am happy it was such a great match," said Williams.
Williams, who has achieved Serena Slam 2.0 with the win, is only one grand slam title behind Steffi Graf. She will attempt to tie that and complete a calendar-year slam at the upcoming US Open this August. Williams can then attempt to go for the record of all time grand slam singles titles of 24 held by Margaret Court.