Serena Williams continued to add to the history books as she won her sixth Wimbledon crown, her 21st Grand Slam title, and completed her second career “Serena Slam” with her victory today. The “Serena Slam,” as it has been dubbed, first occurred in 2003, when Williams was the defending champion at all four Grand Slam tennis events. At 33, Williams, arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, is playing the best of her career, and her most credible opponent right now appears to be history.
Though this is her second career Serena Slam, Williams has never won a calendar slam, winning all four Grand Slam events in a single year. She will have that opportunity in the final Grand Slam of 2015, the U.S. Open in New York City, where she has taken home the title the last three years. With today’s win, Williams also moved one step closer to tennis legends Steffi Graf, who has 22 career Grand Slam titles, and Margaret Court, who has 24.W
It appeared Williams experienced early jitters in her match today, as she had three double faults in her first service game that allowed her opponent, Garbine Muguruza of Spain to go up an early break. But Williams quickly rebounded, breaking the Spainard during her final two service games of the first set to win, 6-4. Serena was up 5-1 in the second set before Muguruza stormed back to win three straight games. In typically dramatic fashion, Serena came back and broke her opponent to win 6-4.
After appearing to be in shock after the win, Williams jumped for joy once victory was hers. She spoke on court after her victory, with Drake, Anna Wintour, her mom and older sister, Venus, and many others in the crowd. “It feels so good. It’s been a little while and I really appreciate holding it. I have to give thanks to Jehovah God for today; I just really relied on his strength for today.”
Though it can be debated, in this writer’s opinion, there is no question that in Serena Williams, we are watching not only the greatest female tennis player, but one of the greatest athletes of all time.