World number one, Serena Williams has claimed her 6th Wimbledon Open title after beating 20th seed, Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in the Womens’ final on Saturday July 11.
Williams holds all four Grand Slam for the second time in her career and is just she’s just one Grand Slam away from matching Stefi Graf’s open-era record of 22 Grand Slams.
In her long and ever-more remarkable career, Serena Williams has won all the major tournaments at least three times. She has won Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles. She has won WTA Tour events large and small.
Saturday’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in the Wimbledon final gave her wins in the first three legs of the Slam, which could make this year’s United States Open quite an occasion.
Only three women have completed the Grand Slam: Maureen Connolly in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970 and Steffi Graf in 1988.
“It’s probably the only thing she hasn’t done yet,” said Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams’s coach.
In truth, there is also plenty of other history to chase, even as Williams’s contemporaries continue to work in her shadow.
Saturday’s triumph on Centre Court gave her a sixth Wimbledon singles title, breaking the family tie with her older sister Venus, who has won five times at the All England Club.
This was also Williams’s 21st Grand Slam singles title, putting her one behind Graf, whose has the most of the Open era with 22. Williams is three behind Court, the attacking Australian who won 24 major titles between 1960 and 1973.
Williams won her first at age 17 in 1999 at the United States Open, fighting her way through a draw of her elders to create quite a surprise.
But she has endured like few athletes in any sport, and at 33, she is in the midst of the most extended stretch of excellence of her career.
She has won eight of the last 13 major singles titles and two Olympic gold medals since hiring Mouratoglou before Wimbledon in 2012.
After winning Wimbledon on Saturday, she holds all four of the major titles, just as she did after winning the Australian Open in 2003. The feat has been called a Serena Slam and is also considered a non-calendar-year Grand Slam by some.