Saturday, 11 July 2015

Lawn Tennis: Serena Makes Another History

Serena Williams has claimed her second “Serena Slam” as she won her Fourth consecutive Grand Slam title of the year. Serena beat world No 20 Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-4 to win her 21st Grand Slam title in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
After losing her first set then battling bravely to come back from a 5-1 led in the second set, the 21 years old Spanish player was eventually downed after one hour and twenty minutes as the Centre Crowd acclaimed Williams. This win means that Serena has now become the oldest Player to win the Wimbledon or any other three Grand Slams for that matter in the open era at the age of 33 years and 289 days, she surpasses Martina Navratilova.

Serena who was filled with joy had this to say after the match “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. “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’s sixth Wimbledon crown came along with a swing of other remarkable landmarks that emphasize her credentials as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. This win which made it her 21st Grand Slam crown and 68th tour level title has earned her a cheque of £1.8 million but what is of more concern would be her legacy as she now hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time which makes it the second “Serena Slam” she has achieved after the first in 2002-2003. She is the first woman to win the French Open and the Wimbledon back to back since she last won it in 2002. Serena would be the first player since Graf in 1988 to win Wimbledon, the Australian and French Opens in the same year

Now she is just one major title behind Graf on the open era leader-board and within three of all-time record holder Margaret Court's who has a total tally of 24 and considering her 39-1 record in 2015 and her remarkable streak of 28 consecutive Grand Slam match victories, many would agree that making more history come August is a likely possibility for her.

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