After clinching her 21st Grand Slam title yesterday, Serena Williams is just three away from equalling Margaret Court in the all-time list, at the top. Not particularly loved by everyone, but Serena is a resillent, elegant champion, and here’s why.
Going into this year’s tournament at Wimbledon, Serena was hoping to clinch her 21st Grand Slam title – no mean feat in itself. She did just that, with a straight-sets victory over 21-year-old talent Garbiñe Muguruza, who is certainly one to look out for in the not too-distant future.
That being said, the sheer way in which she defeated all her opponents on the route to the final was admirable, especially given the fact it was no easy ride for sure. And naturally, you’d expect that from the world number one.
Having had to fight back against Heather Watson in-front of a heavily biased British crowd with a home favourite ready to produce an upset, she dug deep and somehow managed to defeat the youngster, which must have drained plenty of energy both physically and mentally in doing so.
After that, she set up an emotional encounter with older sister Venus, who has not been at the same level as she so consistently produced in her earlier years due to constant injury problems. Serena slammed her way past her sibling, with relative ease.
Then, she had Victoria Azarenka as well as Maria Sharapova to face – and although the duo have been known as two of the top women in the game at the moment, Serena’s relentless energy and sheer power was too much for them to handle. She made them look ordinary, and that’s no understatement.
Muguruza, who at age 21 is the youngest currently set to feature in the WTA top ten rankings, had nothing to lose against the far more experienced American. In truth, many doubted she’d get past some of the opponents she had and yet, she proved the critics wrong with effective and impressive displays across the fortnight.
Serena has been a spearhead for the women’s game over the past decade and beyond along with her sister, and it was never going to be an easy match for the Spaniard, regardless of which Serena ‘turned up’ to face her. Despite a valiant, spirited effort, she lost 6-4, 6-4, and the 33-year-old has made history to become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam final in the women’s game.
Not only that, but she’s only three titles behind Margaret Court (24) and one behind Steffi Graf (22) in the all-time list of women’s Grand Slam triumphs.
She has cemented her place in the history books, and has shown no signs of stopping any time soon. At age 33, you’d naturally expect her to slow down and decline, but at the moment, she’s enjoying her best tennis and making all of her opponents suffer with great forehand winners and deadly serves, which are virtually impossible to return most of the time.
Next up, the US Open. The dreaded tournament, which could confirm the heavily-anticipated ‘Serena Slam’ – where she’d be the holder of all four Grand Slam titles. You’d think she’s probably still lapping up the plaudits and celebrating today’s win with her entourage, but she is still hungry for more success. That, is a true champion.