Muguruza was playing in her first Grand Slam final on Saturday, but she was up against one of the greatest players of all time.
Garbine Muguruza is back on serve after twice breaking Serena Williams in the second set of the Wimbledon final.
But Williams need only recall her shock loss against Muguruza at last year’s French Open to ensure she guards against complacency.
Serena Williams of the United States lifts the trophy after winning her Women’s Final match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, yesterday.
If Williams wins in New York, she would be the first woman to capture the Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.
On to the next one.
It took all of a few minutes for the enormity of her Wimbledon success to sink in before Serena Williams’ attention turned to the bright lights of New York and that elusive “grand slam” of titles.
Muguruza has emerged as a surprise package over the last two weeks at the All England Club, but was unable to claim a shock win in her first grand slam final.
Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has insisted “I feel like I’ll be okay” in her quest for the elusive calendar grand slam.
“I’ve been trying to win four in a row for 12 years, and it hasn’t happened”.
“The history of tying Martina (Navratilova) and Chrissie (Evert) last year was making her a little nervous, but she is literally playing against history and I’ve never seen her as focused as she’s been the last couple of years”.
“If I can do it, God knows he can do it”, said Williams. “I honestly wouldn’t have thought about it a year ago after winning the U.S. Open that I would win the Serena Slam”.
Apart from Graf, only two women have completed a calendar-year Grand Slam – Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Court in 1970.
As impressive as the seven majors and Olympic gold medal won under Mouratoglou’s guidance have been, what might be even more impressive are Serena’s practice habits. After the two players hugged at the net, Williams hopped up and down on the side of the court with her arms above her head.
Serena’s fierce grimace and clenched fist after breaking in the fourth game of the second set suggested the finish line was in sight.
A victory would, too, draw the world No. 1 level with Graf on an Open Era leading 22 majors. I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard at the end.
She led 5-1 and came out to serve for the championship, but Muguruza refused to accept she was beaten and, to the centre court crowd’s delight, she broke the Williams serve to love.
But Muguruza’s 6-2, 6-2 win against Williams at the 2014 French Open is the American’s most lopsided loss at a major. Williams, however, has been doing equivalent circumstances on loads of occurrences and kept her bravery as it been important to assert her 6th Wimbledon ownership, which places her one ahead… And with the pressure ratcheted up, the inevitable Serena break back arrived in the eighth game when Muguruza missed with a wild forehand.