She was determined to do well and to win.
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams insists she can cope with the pressure of going for an historic calendar Grand Slam on home turf at the US Open.
The last two weeks, the rapper has been in Serena Williams’ player box at the All England Club, where on Saturday he got a chance to see Williams win her sixth Wimbledon championship and her 21st Grand Slam title.
That feat has been accomplished by Maureen Connolly in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970 and Graf in 1988, the same year she also won an Olympic gold medal and went on to win the following year’s Australian Open. You’re thinking, She won five times this. She is the oldest woman ever to be ranked number one worldwide, and the oldest to win a majors title in over 45 years.
Serena Williams has admitted she owes her calendar Grand Slam bid to Garbine Muguruza, the woman blocking her path to both that very target and a sixth Wimbledon title.
She has won eight of the past 13 major singles titles and two Olympic gold medals since hiring Mouratoglou before Wimbledon in 2012.
The 21-year-old Muguruza, appearing in her first grand slam final, wept in her chair afterward but shouldn’t feel disheartened.
Her historic “Serena Slam” double puts her in a league of her own.
“I couldn’t stop crying”, she said.
Having taken control of the match, the favourite was in no mood to relinquish it as the second set got under way.
Williams fended off three more break points, screaming “Where have you been?” when firing an ace to turn the tide.
Williams was in playful mood after her victory, bouncing up and down on court before balancing the champion’s plate on her head.
The Spaniard simply would not lie down, however, and broke back twice, going toe-to-toe with Williams from the back of the court and swinging her racket to brutal effect. “… To me, she could arguably be the greatest athlete of the last 100 years”.
Williams, No. 1 in the rankings and seedings, was a heavily favorite over Muguruza, even though a year ago, Muguruza, a clay court specialist, beat Williams in the second round of the French Open.
“Right now I’m dancing a lot”, she said after Wimbledon. The best player in the world did not make it easy for herself in this her 25th slam final.
But the success was short-lievd as Williams returned the favour in the ensuing game to earn her 21st grand slam title after 83 minutes from her opponent’s forehand wide. It was 4-2 when Williams took over, winning the next four games and the set.
It seemed one-way traffic for Williams in the second set. And she finds a way, even with her being so nervous, to serve, to hit winners. Muguruza saved a match point at 5-3 with a forehand victor after Williams escaped from 0-40 with a barrage of thumping serves.
But once the outcome was clear, Williams celebrated in style.
She later accepted the winner’s trophy – the Venus Rosewater Dish – from the Duke of Kent.
Williams labelled an “eye-opening” second-round defeat to Muguruza at Roland Garros previous year as the turning point that heralded United States, Australian and French Open triumphs. “But Serena showed us why she’s still number one”. He’s strong No. 1.
2014 US Open: Serena tied Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with a whopping 18 Grand Slam titles.