Serena WilliamsSerena Williams has defeated Garbine Muguruza to clinch the sixth Wimbledon win of her career. The hugely entertaining 123-minute match ended 6-4, 6-4. After her women’s singles final victory, Williams held the winner’s trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, high overhead as she beamed at her cheering fans.

As Williams clasped her hands to a face alternating between relief and delight, her opponent, the 21-year-old Muguruza, dissolved into tears. Williams told her, “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this trophy soon.” Later, Muguruza elaborated on her emotions at the end of the match, saying, “I couldn’t stop crying. So many people are clapping. I made all these people feel like this, in a tennis court? I feel special.”

It was Muguruza’s first-ever Grand Slam final. Muguruza commented, “It’s hard to concentrate on a final because you have Serena in front of you. You’re thinking, she won five times this. You’re like, okay, every point, every point, don’t lose this point. But. I just learned that all the people are nervous, even Serena, in a final, because I saw it.” Muguruza beat Williams at the French Open 14 months ago.

Williams said afterwards of her opponent, “She really stepped up to the plate today. She came out there to win. She wasn’t out there just to play a final. That says a lot about her and her future. She never gave up, literally, ever.” When asked about her nerves during the match, Williams said she copes with the tension by singing a song in her head. She said, “If I stop singing it, I usually start losing, then I go back to singing.”

The 33-year-old Williams is now in possession of all the major titles simultaneously: Wimbledon, Australian, French and U.S. Open. She has won 21 major tennis titles to date. Many are now looking towards Williams surpassing Steffi Graf’s seven Wimbledon titles and Martina Navratilova’s nine. When asked about the future, Williams said, “Oh gosh, I’m just living for the moment. Obviously I’ll be here next year, God willing, to try to defend my title. But we’ll see.”

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