Serena Williams has done it! She has achieved her second, ‘Serena Slam’, holding all 4 Grand Slam titles at once. After winning the toss and opting to serve, nerves got the best of her and she was broken in the first game of the match by Garbine Muguruza. She eventually broke back Muguruza’s serve and won the first set 6-4. In the second set Serena stormed to 5-1 and nerves got the best of her again. Her serve was off for the majority of the match and she over-hit a lot of balls. Muguruza, the Spanish-Venezuelan made her pay, saving a Championship point until it reached all the way to 5-4. Serena then prevailed and won 6-4. She did not even realise she won. What an anti-climax after such a huge build up to this moment. The umpire said game-set-match and she had to hear it again as Muguruza was fighting so hard in that game, Serena felt like she still had more work to do. Hilarious. She breathed a sigh of relief, went to Muguruza then the umpire and waved to the crowd. After sitting down for a minute, it finally sunk in and she jumped out of her seat for joy. Serena will enjoy this moment and then continue her mission to win the US Open, where she would achieve the Calendar Grand Slam that was last done by Steffi Graf in 1988. Garbine Muguruza who was ranked world no. 20 is now ranked world no. 9. She has a lot of potential, since she is a power hitter and has a good serve and dangerous backhand, but her forehand is extremely weak and Suga believes no matter how nervous Serena was, that forehand would make her lose anyway.
Novak Djokovic won his 3rd Wimbledon in 4 sets including two tiebreaks versus world no. 2 and 7-time Wimbledon champ, Roger Federer. Throughout the tournament, RFed, age 33, just went for the balls he needed to, saving his energy. That worked against other opponents including, world no. 3, Andy Murray, but not against the spritzy, hungry world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. RFed could have won the first set after breaking Djokovic but quickly lost that opportunity when he was broken right after. Roger served well but a few unforced errors at crucial points in the game hurt him and he just did not have enough in him to win. We all know it could have been a different story if he won that first set. But congrats to Novak for keeping his composure and winning 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
See you at the US Open!