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July 11: Ladies Finals

Williams Claims 6th Wimbledon, def Muguruza in Final to Complete 2nd "Serena Slam"

July 11, 2015 Beeyong Sison: London, England - Serena Williams won her 21st major and she's maybe just getting started. On Saturday, Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza of Spain in straight 6-4 6-4 in the Ladies Singles finals at the All-England Tennis Club winning her 6th Wimbledon silver plate.

 

The good news. Williams’s victory completed her “Serena Slam” having won four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since the 2014 U.S. Open in September, the 2015 Australian Open in January, the 2015 French Open in May, and now the 2015 Wimbledon. It is Serena’s second personal slam first achieving the feat winning 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 U.S. Open, and 2003 Australian Open.

 

Up next for the American will be the U.S. Open in New York where she will bid for the “Calendar Slam” winning all four majors in the same year -a feat that has never been achieved since 1988 by Steffi Graf. The 21st major win also moves Serena just one short of leader Graf at 22. Australian legend Margaret Smith-Court holds the record with 24 Grand Slam titles. 

 

Serena’s latest triumphant hoisting of her most recent Grand Slam trophy came at the expense of a spirited Muguruza who was playing in the first Grand Slam final of her young career.

 

Seeded No.20 for the Wimbledon fortnight, Muguruza came out firing on all cylinders drawing first blood breaking the opening game of the match and then won her service game for a 2-0 lead. After both players held their serves each twice to make it 4-2, Williams got her rhythm going reeling off five straight games to take the first set 6-4 and a 1-0 lead in the second.

 

The Venezuelan-born rising Spanish star battled to hold her serve before Williams took again four games in a row racing to a 5-1 lead. Muguruza managed to fight back claiming three consecutive games including two service breaks to close the gap to 5-4 and serving, but Serena again dug deep breaking Muguruza's serve at love to close out the match.

 

Of the total 72 points won by Serena, she blasted 29 winners and 12 aces to Muguruza's total of 50 points won that included 10 winners and 3 aces in the one hour and 23minute match on Center Court. Although Serena was broken 3 times, her serve proved more advantageous winning 80% of the first serves she hit in.

 

The charming Muguruza, who  is the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon semifinals in 18 years since Conchita Martinez, posted upset wins over 10th seed Angelique Kerber, 5th seed Caroline Wozniacki, and 15th seed Timea Bacsinszky en route to the finals.

 

Now with with 21 Grand Slam titles, the 33-year old Serena, who became the oldest world Number 1 player in the WTA's history in 2013 at age 31, can easily be touted as the greatest women's tennis player of all time. And I believe she's not finish yet judging with her ever-improving game

 

Of record, Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for a total 36 crowns, first among active male or female players. This record places her 5th on the all-time list with 21 majors in Women’s Singles, 13 in Women’s Doubles, and 2 in Mixed Doubles.

 

She is also the most recent player together with her sister Venus Williams, who has 5 Wimbledon singles titles, to have held all four Grand Slam women's doubles titles simultaneously 2009 and 2010. The Williams sisters are unbeaten in the 10 Grand Slam doubles finals they appeared in.

 

Serena, a five-time winner of the WTA Tour Championships, also holds the distinction of being the only female or male tennis player to date to have captured singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments. 

 

Now the bad news - to the rest of field. Judging from her recent performances for the past few years, Serena maybe poised to win at least half a dozen or more majors before she calls it quits. Technical efficiency and patience has now been molded together with her powerful athletic attributes. And most importantly, Serena seems to be enjoying the game more - the prime key to her longevity...

Wimbledon Ladies Singles Champions Since 2000

2015 Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6-4 6-4

2014 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Eugenie Bouchard(Canada) 6-3 6-0

2013 Marion Bartoli (France) beat Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1 6-4

2012 Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-1 5-7 6-2

2011 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3 6-4

2010 Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 6-3 6-2

2009 Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Venus Williams (U.S.) 7-6(3) 6-2

2008 Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Serena Williams (U.S) 7-5 6-4

2007 Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Marion Bartoli (France) 6-4 6-1

2006 Amelie Mauresmo (France) beat Justine Henin (Belgium) 2-6 6-3 6-4

2005 Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport (U.S.) 4-6 7-6(4)9-7

2004 Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Serena Williams (U.S.) 6-1 6-4

2003 Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 4-6 6-4 6-2

2002 Serena Williams beat Venus Williams 7-6(4) 6-3

2001 Venus Williams beat Justine Henin 6-1 3-6 6-0

2000 Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3 7-6(3)

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