In New York at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams will attempt to become only the fourth woman – and the sixth player – to win a calendar year Grand Slam, joining Don Budge (1938), Maureen Connolly (1953), Rod Laver (1962, 1969), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) to sweep all four majors in a season.
“I’m just happy it was such a great match, ” William said. But when Watson broke her and took a five-games-to-four lead, hope again started fading as the young Brit prepared to serve for the match. But, serving for the match with 5-1 and then 5-3 leads, Williams was gripped by a bad case of nerves and Muguruza broke twice to prolong the contest.
“I can’t believe I’m standing here at another Grand Slam“, Williams said in an on-court interview after the match. Williams said.
Neither player seemed to realize the match was over, and there was an awkward delay before Williams covered her face with both hands, then smiled and raised her arms in the air.
“It’s hard to concentrate on a final because you have Serena in front of you“. But for now, congrats Serena Williams, we are so proud of you! It was like, I really want to win Wimbledon – it happened.
The records tumbled in the 6-4, 6-4 win over the gallant 21-year-old from Barcelona, moving within one title of Graf (22) at the top of the leader board for the most grand slam victories in the Open era.
Federer plays world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final tomorrow, and in what could perhaps be a good omen, his compatriot Martina Hingis roller back the years in the women’s doubles with a first Wimbledon title in 17 years. She will be holding this trophy very, very soon.
“I just knew I wanted to win Wimbledon this year because of all the grand slams, it was the one I hadn’t won in a while”.
Serena Williams of the United States holds the trophy after winning the women’s singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 11, 2015.
And any suggestion that Venus, with seven grand slams including five at Wimbledon, might be at all jealous were quashed by Davenport.
– At 33, she is the oldest woman to win a major title in the Open era, almost a month older than Navratilova was at Wimbledon in 1990.
Serena’s sixth Wimbledon crown brought with it a slew of other remarkable landmarks that underline her credentials as one of the greatest female athletes of all time.
As she picked at the remnants of ankle tape near a jagged scar on her lower right leg, Williams was asked whether, as she looks back on her career, she divides it into phases.
On Saturday, on the grass of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club, Williams served to open, had three double faults and was broken. A double fault cost her the first point, a net cord the second and an unforced error the third, and then the dream was over – at least for now.
Muguruza was close to tears in defeat but summoned up her reserves of poise.
“Overall physically I feel like I’m better”.
The first set saw Williams make an atypical slow start as Muguruza found herself up at 2-4. “I think that says a lot about her and her future”.