History was made on Saturday, July 11, when Serena Williams defeated Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4, garnering her sixth Wimbledon title in a row. The 33-year-old has long been hailed for her athletic acumen, so it wasn't a shock that she ended the match victoriously, but her triumphant lineage didn't make the match any less exciting. Murguza, 21, proved herself to be a formidable competitor during the match, arguably leaving many Williams fans with white-knuckled tension until the athlete reigned supreme. The victory has been marked as Williams' 21st Grand Slam title, as well as her second "Serena Slam," which she completed for the first time during the 2002-2003 tennis open season.
Ranked as the world's No. 1 female tennis player, Williams needs to glean just one more Grand Slam title to tie with German tennis player Steffi Graff for second place in having the most Grand Slam titles in the history of female tennis. (Australia's Margaret Court currently holds the top spot, with 24 titles total.) There's no doubt that Williams' illustrious career will only continue to arc upward, but hopefully she can take a little time out to celebrate before September's U.S. Open. Regardless of where she goes from here, Williams is one athlete that has proven time and time again to be a true inspiration. In celebration of her monumental win, let's take a look at some of the lessons Williams' influential victory taught us.
Believe In Yourself
Williams' confidence and dedication is something we can all learn from, particular when facing situations that can spur self-doubt.
Williams' inimitable skills make some of her wins seem effortless, but — in reality — the athlete has earned her titles thanks to arduous work and perseverance.
Do What You Love
"Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life," may seem like a hackneyed expression (particularly when the trials of adulthood leave you a bit jaded), but it rings true in the case of Williams. Win or lose, there's nothing more fulfilling than doing the thing that makes you most passionate.
I guess this one can be meant both literally and figuratively. Obviously, Williams knows how to keep a fast pace on the tennis court, but even after a landmark victory, she's onto thinking about her next achievement. That tenacity is truly inspirational.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It
The above sentiment doesn't necessarily relate to my dreams — which often include riding a roller coaster with Neil Patrick Harris after being chased by dragons — but Williams is a prime example of one who didn't let opposition get in the way of her success.
We All Face Self-Doubt
Even the No. 1 female tennis player in the world can't win every competition. In 2014, Williams was quoted as saying, "I know I can do better," after losing a third round Wimbledon match to Alize Cortez. Clearly, the loss only furthered Williams' resolve as she returned for a historic victory.
Success + The Serena Dance = Everything Ever
The video says it all.
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