Here’s the one element that might give Muguruza a hint of hope: In the French Open’s second round previous year, she stunned Williams 6-2, 6-2, the most lopsided loss in Williams’ 318-match Grand Slam career. Muguruza saves match point with a cross-court victor and twice takes Williams to break point, finally putting it away with a forehand victor.
Williams is now one behind Steffi Graf in the list for total number of titles won in the Open Era and three behind Margaret Court who hold the all-time record with 24 Grand Slam wins.
It is the second time Williams has completed the “Serena Slam” after she also held all four major titles simultaneously in 2003.
She knocked Williams out of the French Open previous year in straight sets and though the American gained revenge at the Australian Open seven months ago, Muguruza took the opening set.
Those service wobbles came back as a double fault contributed to Williams facing three break points when she should have been serving out for the title.
After dispensing with Maria Sharapova in the semi-final with the absent-minded effort you might employ in popping bubblewrap, the real game started for Serena Williams in her press conference yesterday (Friday).
Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for the 17 straight time to end “The Siberian Siren’s” championship run.
“A lot more than I’m doing”, she said. Its a match I need to go into with a cool head..
– Just a moment or so late but the players are just about ready to walk out on to the court, Williams first followed by Muguruza. Williams served out the match at love with the three aces and a service victor that Sharapova barely got her racket on.
“We’re just enjoying our time”.
After moving past sister Venus to reach six Wimbledon titles, few will bet against her retaining the US Open title and completing that calendar slam.
While it is clear that Serena, who has sailed smoothly through the tournament if you discount the scare against Britain’s Heather Watson and a first-set hiccup against Victoria Azarenka, is the firm favourite, Muguruza is something of a dark horse. “So it’s obviously the best challenge to have”.
She will be playing in her eighth Wimbledon final, seeking a sixth title. At this year’s Wimbledon, Williams has only conceded two sets to her opponents.
“I think she was playing very good, no real ups or downs”.
Conventional wisdom would assume that, at 33, Serena Williams is entering the fading stages of her career.
Perhaps most incredibly of all, Williams has now won eight grand slam titles since turning 30. At last year’s French Open, the Spaniard avenged the loss with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the ex- champion in the tournament’s second round. Muguruza was 79% on first seres and 32% on second serves.
The 21-year-old Muguruza, appearing in her first grand slam final, wept in her chair afterward but shouldn’t feel overly disappointed.
“I don’t what the pressure of that, and I’m not thinking of that”, Williams maintained after continuing her 11-year mastery of Sharapova. The men’s doubles match features No. 4 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecaur against No. 13 seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers.