After starting out slow, Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday, defeating 21-year-old Spanish star Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4. Although Williams, ranked as the No. 1 female tennis player in the world, was the projected winner of Saturday's match, her win was no less exhilarating. With this win, Williams now has 21 Grand Slam titles behind her — an amazing feat that places the 33-year-old among the best female tennis players in history.
Saturday's win at Wimbledon marks Williams' third major title in 2015, having won the Australian and French Opens earlier this year. Williams is also the reigning U.S. Open champion. Her dominant Wimbledon victory secures her fourth consecutive Grand Slam win — a remarkable moment in women's tennis history — for winning the four major tournaments in tennis.
It's also the second time in her career that Williams has completed the "Serena Slam," which means she holds all four titles — Australian, French, U.S. and Wimbledon — at once. Williams had her first "Serena Slam" during the 2002-2003 tennis open season.
Williams, however, doesn't have the most Grand Slam titles in women's tennis history. Australian athlete Margaret Court is currently the Grand Slam title leader, with 24 in all. German athlete Steffi Graf comes in second, with 22 title wins, and is the current leader in the "open era." Still, Williams is now just one Grand Slam title win away from tying Graf.
At age 33, Williams also holds the record of being the oldest woman in tennis history to win a Grand Slam title. Since turning 30, Williams has clinched seven major tennis championships.
Saturday's match was a triumphant return for Williams, who exited Wimbledon after the third round in 2014 in a devastating loss to French player Alize Cornet. When she left that match, she reportedly told reporters, "I know I can do better." And on Saturday, she did just that.
Now, Williams is eyeing her fifth consecutive Grand Slam title this September at the U.S. Open. If she wins in September, Williams will have what is known as a "calendar Grand Slam" — winning all four major tennis opens in the same calendar year — something that hasn't been accomplished in women's tennis since Steffi Graf in 1988. It would truly be a historic moment for not only tennis, but also for American women in sports.
But first, a moment of celebration for America's reigning tennis star...
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