Wimbledon Day 12: Serena Williams overcomes slow start to win 21st grandslam title

World number one Serena Williams overcame a slow start to bag a 21st career grandslam, as she saw off the spirited Garbine Muguruza in a 6-4 6-4 straight sets victory to bag a sixth Wimbledon crown.

It was not all plain sailing for the American however, as she made a mess of her opening service game, with three uncharacteristic double faults, to hand the Spaniard an opening break point.

Serena Williams now holds all four majors image: rte.ie

Serena Williams now holds all four majors
image: rte.ie

The 33-year-old began to find her feet slowly but surely and by the eight game, she broke the 20th seed as Muguruza hit a backhand just past the baseline for Williams to level things up.

She wrapped up the set with a second break point on Muguruza’s fifth serve as the Spaniard’s first double fault of the game and a strong forehand wide left the Spaniard stranded to the other side of the court.

Serena Williams did not hit top form as the double faults continued form the American and somehow managed to rescue her serve in the third game of the second set with two wicked aces helping her save a break point.

The world number one then broke Muguruza again who could only smash a return into the net and Williams set 5-1 up after yet another break point as the 21-year-old could only scramble the ball into the net as Williams put her into full stretch with a shot into the far corner.

Williams served for the championship but Garbine Muguruza would not back down as the Spaniard – who was playing in her first ever grandslam final – went onto win the next three games.

Muguruza had to work hard for her third break point of the match, as she rescued a championship point and after Williams sent the ball crashing into the next after an incredible 14 stroke rally, a strong forehand from Muguruza left Williams rooted to her spot to fight back from 5-1 down to 5-4.

Garbine Muguruza put up a brave fight but could not topple the world number one image: bbc.co.uk

Garbine Muguruza put up a brave fight but could not topple the world number one
image: bbc.co.uk

However, her serve to level things up went awry as Serena went 40-0 up after Muguaruza hit a backhand too long and there was to be no comeback from the 21-year-old as she sent a forehand wide to hand Williams her first Wimbledon title since 2012 with a 6-4 6-4 win for the American.

The win completes the ‘Serena Slam’ as she now holds all four majors available and one more grandslam will take her level with Steffi Graf as the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.

More results from day 12 at SW19 can be found at this link.

Personal Reflection

I usually root for the underdog and today was no different. However, I think we all knew Serena Williams would overcome the Spaniard but she did it the hard way.

Garbine Muguruza can be very proud of not only her performance today, but over the past two weeks. At 21-years-old she definetly proved she is one to watch out for over the next few years.

As for Serena, what can I say? Even when she is not at full speed, she gets the job done. Just two more grandslam titles and she will overcome Steffi Graf as the most dominant woman in tennis and I’ll reckon she will do just that by the end of 2016.

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