She was determined to do well and to win.
A possible win for Williams at the U.S. Open later this year will see her complete a calendar slam.
With her 6-4, 6-4 victory over 21-year-old Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza, Williams locked up her 21st career Grand Slam title and her sixth title at Wimbledon.
Only Maureen Connolly in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970, and Steffi Graf in 1988 have won all four majors in a single season. “I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard at the end”, Williams said.
Williams is without equal in the history of women’s sport, her achievements surpassing those of track and field stars Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
Williams must now claim a record-equalling fourth consecutive USA Open title to complete one of the few streaks missing from her near-incomparable CV, that calendar slam.
Kim Clijsters, who won three USA Open titles and an Australian Open, believes Williams’ physicality tells here apart. She’s world No. 1. Williams and Graf now have 21 and 22 each.
Williams achieved a second ‘Serena Slam’, the sports term created in her namesake that refers to winning four majors in a row. “My goal is always to end the year at number one”.
“To me Serena is the best ever just because I think physically she stands out”.
“I’m going to leave here being really motivated”. At Wimbledon, she was two points from defeat twice against Britains Heather Watson in the third round, then eliminated a trio of women who are ex- No. 1s and own multiple major titles: her older sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion broke Garbine Muguruza to even the score at 4-4 in the first set.
Muguruza was touched by Williams’ gracious words.
Asked how she could do it, Williams, sounding like a commercial for the shoe company she endorses: “You just do it”.
Williams raced to the 5-1 lead in the second set but for once nerves may have gotten to Williams.
On Saturday, Muguruza was the one across the net from Williams in a Grand Slam final, the one being watched on television in Spain and elsewhere around the globe.
At 33 years and 289 days, Serena surpasses Martina Navratilova as the oldest player to win Wimbledon, and any of the other three Grand Slams, in the Open era.
Won her first WTA Tour title in Paris in 1999, beating Amelie Mauresmo in the final.
The games then went on serve with Muguruza establishing a 4-2 lead, after being two break points down, which she blasted her way out of to the delight of the crowd.
But the match petered out as quickly as it came to life, with the Spaniard losing her serve and handing over the match with a shanked forehand down the line. But Williams then broke at love in the next game to close out the match, which finished in anticlimactic fashion when Muguruza hit a forehand wide. She had broken Williams in the match’s very first game. “… To me, she could arguably be the greatest athlete of the last 100 years”.
Williams labelled an “eye-opening” second-round defeat to Muguruza at Roland Garros a year ago as the turning point that heralded United States, Australian and French Open triumphs.