Serena Williams defeated Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win Wimbledon, the 21st grand slam title in her illustrious career.
Williams overcame a sluggish start to win the first set, then fended off a late charge by Muguruza, who twice broke the champion as she was serving for the match.
“It feels so good, it’s been a little while,” Williams said after the trophy presentation, her sixth championship at Wimbledon, but first since 2012.
There was some confusion on match point, as Williams and the crowd seemed not to be sure whether Muguruza’s final shot had been called out. But once the outcome was clear, Williams celebrated in style.
The win marks the second “Serena Slam” for the champion, who took home the titles at both the French and Australian Open, as well last year’s U.S. Open. At this year’s U.S. Open, which begins in six weeks, she will attempt to win all four majors in the same calendar year, a feat not achieved since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.
“I’ve done well in New York,” Williams said.
While the Wimbledon final may have been a familiar place for Williams, it was the first Grand Slam final for Muguruza. Williams praised her opponent, who managed to break Williams’ twice as she served for the championship point.
“I didn’t even know it was over because she had been fighting so hard at the end,” Williams said.
She did acknowledge that her renowned served “really shaky” during Saturday’s match.
“She forced me to really go for a lot,” Williams said of Muguruza.
Williams now sits just behind Graf in total Grand Slam titles in the open era of tennis. Williams and Graf now have 21 and 22 each. Margaret Court holds the most overall with 24.
And while the pressure may be on for Williams to achieve even more history in New York, she took the time to savor her moment.