That gave Williams what she calls the “Serena Slam”, for a second time in her career, four major championships in order, the 2014 U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.
It hasn’t been done since Steffi Graf in 1988 but Serena Williams has a chance to capture the grand slam of women’s tennis with just one more major win. She will head to the US Open next month aiming to complete the first calendar year Grand Slam of her career.
Speaking after Serena beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to land her sixth Wimbledon title, Davenport called her ” the ultimate sportswoman out there”.
When the Spaniard trailed 5-1 in the second set nobody expected the match to last another four games or for the 20th seed to break the Williams serve twice more before succumbing in a gripping finale.
Muguruza came under pressure for the first time when Williams had two break points in the sixth game, but her positive approach paid off as she saved both in some style with gusto and held with a booming serve to lead 4-2.
“I couldn’t stop crying”, she said.
Williams double-faulted three times and faced four break points, the last of which she lost by thumping a backhand beyond the baseline.
“I’ve just been super relaxed”, she said.
Her last game against Garbiñe Muguruza was over so suddenly that Williams seemed surprised, unsure of what to do next-as if this were not her twenty-first major championship but her first.
“Usually you’re lucky to win it once or happy to be out here and play on the Wimbledon grounds, it’s above my expectations”.
“I think she’s having too much fun winning”. “I can’t believe I’m standing here with another Serena slam”.
The 34-year-old Swiss player, already a member of the worldwide Tennis Hall of Fame, teamed up with Sania Mirza of India to win the women’s doubles title on Saturday. She now holds all four Grand Slam titles, something she last achieved in 2002-03. She will be holding this trophy very, very soon.
Williams said she hadn’t thought about celebrating the All England Club title yet, but she would allow herself to “eat junk food for one day”. It is a prediction that appears certain to be fulfilled, but for the time being neither Muguruza nor anyone else can live with the great American when she puts her mind to it.
Patrick Mouratoglou is Serena Williams’ coach as well as lover according to most accounts. She is the oldest woman ever to be ranked number one worldwide, and the oldest to win a majors title in over 45 years.
Serving at 5-1 she was broken to love.
“I just never dreamt I would be out here still”, Williams said, “let alone winning”.
Williams, No. 1 in the rankings and seedings, was a heavily favorite over Muguruza, even though a year ago, Muguruza, a clay court specialist, beat Williams in the second round of the French Open.
“I feel like I’ve kind of knocked all that out and we’ll just go from there. I hadn’t won here in a while”. It takes guts and courage being 5-2 down in the third set.