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Serena Williams captures second “Serena Slam”

By: Allan Blanks

Serena Williams

The “summer of Serena” continues to heat up, as Serena Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza in straight sets, 6­-4, 6­-4, to capture her sixth Wimbledon championship. With this victory, Williams earned her 21st major, and willed herself to a historic “Serena­ Slam”. This is the second time in which Williams has held all four majors at once, and the first time Williams hoisted the Venus Rosewater Dish since 2012.

“It feels so good, it’s been a little while, and I really appreciate holding it (Venus Rosewater Dish), “ Williams said. “I have to give thanks to Jehovah god for the day, I really relied on his strength. Garbine (Muguruza) played so well, I didn’t even know it was over because she was fighting so hard in the end.”

Fighting through adversity is second-­nature for the Compton, CA. native, and Williams is making a case for being the greatest fighter, and champion to grace Centre Court. Before holding the Venus Rosewater dish, Williams overcame a 3­-1 deficit in the first set, followed by a momentum shift by Muguruza, in the second set.

“It was definitely a little pressure towards the end,” Williams said. “I think Garbine (Muguruza) started playing really well and hitting some great shots. So, that made it even harder. I thought [to myself], okay, just stay out here and do the best you can.”

This Centre Court matchup was the fourth meeting between the two, and their first on the legendary lawns of Wimbledon. The 20th ranked Muguruza, is an aggressive baseliner, who attacks the ball early, and crushes shots on the rise. Fearless from both sides, Muguruza’s backhand is her weapon of choice, and arguably one of the best on tour.

At 33-years-old, Williams is an all-­court assassin with feverish speed, thunderous power, and tremendous intelligence. The world’s number one utilized each of the above attributes to improve her series lead, 3-­1. During the contest, Williams restricted the Spaniard to three backhand winners and seven unforced errors.

Throughout the match, Muguruza attempted to keep the American off­-balanced, by targeting angles and implementing drop shots. This strategy produced 15 unforced errors from Williams.

As the championship raged on, Williams aggressively attacked the persistent pushing of Muguruza, and anticipated the placement of shots. The blazing quickness of Williams, allowed her to cover the court, and counter Muguruza’s game­-plan.

Williams strung together 29 winners, 12 aces, and seven points from the net. The all­-court prowess of Williams, paired perfectly with shot placement of Muguruza. No matter where the Spaniard placed her shots, the world’s number one acquired her target, and dismantled Muguruza’s attack. Williams held her 20th ranked opponent to 10 winners and two aces, while generating nine unforced errors.

In seven weeks, Williams will set her sights on the U.S. Open. If Williams wins this major, she will tie Steffi Graf with 22 majors, and be the second player since Graf in 1988 to win the calendar grand Slam.

“I’m having so much fun out here,” Williams said. “I just never dreamt I’d be out here still, let alone winning and having so much fun. Every day is a pleasure to be out here playing.”

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