A sixth Wimbledon singles title will complete a “Serena Slam”, which would see her hold all four Grand Slam titles, having won the US Open last September, plus the Australian and French Opens this year.
Against Radwanska, Muguruza demonstrated power, vulnerability and vast reserves of character that should make her the people’s favourite against the all-conquering Williams.
She has already defeated Williams, claiming a famous win at the French Open in 2014 on her way to the quarter-finals.
Williams was back to her ruthless best after yesterday’s straight sets victory of Maria Sharapova and was run close by Britain’s Heather Watson in the previous round. – She told BBC Sports. With the pound 9% weaker than the United States dollar over the course of the a year ago, Serena’s pounds won’t go as far as they would have done this time a year ago. “It was really an experience that helped me say ‘OK, Serena, if you want to be the best, you have to change certain things.'”. She also has feelings. “She also gets nervous”.
Muguruza said that Williams had been an example and an inspiration to her and recalled dreaming about playing the American in the final here when she was just eight.
Muguruza might provide an inkling on Centre Court on Saturday, but the fact that anything other than another Serena win would be deemed an upset only suggests one thing. A backhand from Muguruza landed near the baseline, and after Radwanska hit the ball, she stopped playing and lifted her racket to indicate she wanted to challenge the callat the same time that Muguruza was missing a forehand.
Muguruza has powerful groundstrokes, which may be the reason she’s rocketed from around 100 to the top 10 (where she’s guaranteed to land on Monday) in two years.
Similarly, a 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard found herself apologising to the Royal Family after a below-par final loss to Petra Kvitova past year. The women’s Wimbledon finals is Saturday.
“It’s made me know that I can come back from pretty much anything”, said Williams. “Maybe it’s not the same for me and doesn’t mean as much for me”.
“It is going to be the best day of my tennis career”.
“It’s just been going better for me”. Earlier in her career, there were sister Venus, Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters to put the American under real pressure. You know, I don’t think she’s really used to this.
The world number one launched an attacking barrage, breaking twice in the first set and once in the second, bringing up match point with an ace and thundering down another huge serve to clinch a one-sided victory.
Aside from that, Muguruza also becomes the first Spanish woman to make a grand slam final.
Here’s Williams going against a young Russian Margarita Gasparyan, who she easily dispatched in two sets in the Wimbledon opener, 6-4, 6-1. Its been OK just to free my brain from that..
To be sure, not many people will be betting against another win for Serena. I’m at a position where I don’t need to win another Wimbledon. “And I want to win tomorrow”.
Another topic five-time Wimbledon champion Williams has been reluctant to discuss is all that is at stake for her at the conclusion of this fortnight. Like getting to 18 was super stressful for me.