SERENA Williams has completed the ‘Serena Slam’ winning the 2015 Wimbledon women’s final against up-and-coming Spanish player Garbiñe Muguruza, but it was by far an easy win.
Although the 33-year-old American world number one now holds all four majors at the same time having already taken the US, Australian and French Open finals, her 6-4 6-4 win on the Centre Court was filled with errors and worry.
Twenty-one year-old Muguruza proved a tougher rival than anyone could have expected, although the Spanish player had said before the game that she didn’t think her rival was too happy to have to play against her.
Muguruza, the first Spanish woman to reach a Wimbledon final since 1996, got her first Grand Slam final off to a great start taking a 4-2 lead, and later scared Williams during the second set by fighting back from 5-1 down to almost even out the odds and make it look like a come-back was in store.
In fact the game was so closely matched that Williams, who has replaced Martina Navratilova as the oldest Wimbledon champ in the open era, did not even realize she had won when Muguruza sent the ball wide on match point until the roar of 15,000 spectators helped it sink in.
Following the match the Spanish player, who looks set to be a future regular at the British event, received a standing ovation from the crowds and was seen to be visibly moved as she explained she was lost for words.
Congratulations to Serena, and as for Garbiñe, Spain (and the rest of the world) will be watching you closely from now on, ready to pick up the chant: Mu-gu-ru-za!