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Williams scores a ‘Serena Slam’ at Wimbledon

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Serena Williams has won her sixth Wimbledon singles crown, defeating Spanish 20th seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Williams reinforced her stranglehold on the women’s game by overcoming an early wobble and resisting a spirited fightback to claim a 21st grand slam title that leaves her one behind German Steffi Graf’s record haul of professional era majors.

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Muguruza, playing in her first major final, began with calm authority and it was Williams who seemed to suffer an attack of butterflies, hitting three double faults and facing four break points before losing her serve in the opening game.

Williams is adamant her opponent will hold the Wimbledon dish 'very soon'.
Williams is adamant her opponent will hold the Wimbledon dish ‘very soon’.

The Spaniard is a heavy hitter and drilled her returns down Williams’s throat, driving the American back behind the baseline and drawing a number unforced errors from the world number one.

But Williams cranked into gear and started to find her range late in the opening set, forcing Muguruza to save two break points in the sixth game before she got her reward on the Spaniard’s serve to level at 4-4.

I didn’t even know it was over because [Muguruza] was fighting so hard at the end. She will be holding this trophy very, very soon.

Serena Williams

Looking for a fourth successive grand slam title for the second time in her career, Williams increased the pressure and, when Muguruza served a double fault to bring up set point, the American smashed a forehand winner to take the first set.

Muguruza showed great fight to battle back from 5-1 to 5-4 in the second set and was even serving for a chance to square the set at 5-5, but Williams showed her class and composure as she broke to love to win the match in 83 minutes.

“It feels so good. Garbine played so well. I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard at the end. She will be holding this trophy very, very soon. I am happy it was such a great match,” Williams said.

“I can’t believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool. It has been a pleasure and an honour to give so many years in this unbelievable place.”

Serena is the first woman to land the French Open and Wimbledon back to back since she last won that difficult double in 2002.

Regardless of her defeat, Muguruza, 21, has emerged as one of the brightest young stars on the women’s tour after a brilliant display in her first major final appearance that often left Williams rattled.

“I enjoyed it a lot. I don’t have words to say how I feel. I’m very proud and happy to be here,” Muguruza said.

“A grand slam final for me is a dream come true and I also want to say congrats to Serena, showing that she’s world number one.”

For the second-straight year, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will fight out the men’s final on Sunday night (AEST).