WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND (CNN) – Serena Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to complete the “Serena Slam”, winning four straight major,
for the second time in her career.
The 21-year-old Muguruza, appearing in her first grand slam final, wept in her chair afterward but shouldn’t feel overly disappointed.
It’s not very often that Williams loses grand slam finals.
Muguruza started out strong with her powerful serve and ground strokes, troubling Williams at the beginning.
Williams struck three double-faults in the first game and was broken much to the delight to those gathered on Center Court.
Holding two break points in the sixth game was a warning sign; in Muguruza’s ensuing service game a forehand wide tied proceedings at 4-4.
There was no way back for Muguruza, Spain’s first female grand slam finalist in 15 years.
With Williams now into a rhythm on serve and Muguruza serving second, the pressure took its toll.
Muguruza’s first double fault at 4-5 set up a set point, which Williams duly converted.
Williams raced to a 5-1 lead in the second set, but for once nerves may have gotten to Williams. Muguruza saved a
match point at 5-3 with a forehand winner but was broken to love in the next game.