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Serena Williams win sixth Wimbledon title after beating Garbine Muguruza

By Nick Purewal

Published 11/07/2015

US player Serena Williams celebrates with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza. AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams celebrates with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza. AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza (right) with their trophies after the Ladies' Singles Final during day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
Serena Williams with the trophy after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Ladies' Singles Final during day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Serena Williams balances the Ladies Singles Trophy on her head following victory over Garbine Muguruza on day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Serena Williams balances the Ladies Singles Trophy on her head following victory over Garbine Muguruza on day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Serena Williams in action against Garbine Muguruza in the ladies singles final during day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Serena Williams in action against Garbine Muguruza in the Ladies' Singles Final during day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Garbine Muguruza in action against Serena Williams in the Ladies' Singles Final during day Twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 11, 2015. See PA Story TENNIS Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the AELTC. Still image use only - no moving images to emulate broadcast. No superimposing or removal of sponsor/ad logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
US player Serena Williams celebrates with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over Spain's Garbine Muguruza on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. Williams won 6-4, 6-4. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams (L) holds the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, next to Spain's Garbine Muguruza (R) with the runners up shield after the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams (R) embraces Spain's Garbine Muguruza (L) at the net after Williams won the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. Williams won 6-4, 6-4. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams returns against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams returns against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams returns against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams returns against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns against US player Serena Williams during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
CORRECTING BYLINE US player Serena Williams returns against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during the women's singles final on day twelve of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / POOL / DOMINIC LIPINSKIDominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates at the net after winning the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States holds the Venus Rosewater Dish next to Garbine Muguruza of Spain holding the runners up trophy after her victory in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States holds the Venus Rosewater Dish next to Garbine Muguruza of Spain after her victory in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Garbine Muguruza of Spain holds the runner-up trophy after the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Serena Williams of the United States during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her victory in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Garbine Muguruza of Spain plays a backhand in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Serena Williams of the United States during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning a point in the Final Of The Ladies' Singles against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Serena Williams has won her sixth Wimbledon title after beating Garbine Muguruza.

Williams now holds all four majors for the second time in her career, after dispatching Muguruza for her 21st grand slam title.

The 33-year-old completed her second "Serena Slam" by swatting aside Muguruza 6-4 6-4, some 12 years on from the last time she hogged all of tennis' top prizes.

Now the oldest female major winner in the open era, Williams needs only retain her US Open title to claim the elusive calendar grand slam.

Record nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova headed a cast list of former champions boasting a combined 17 All England Club triumphs watching on from the Royal Box as Williams faced Muguruza for the 2015 title.

Barcelona's Muguruza entered her maiden grand slam final and the biggest stage of her career, clinging to her 6-2 6-2 French Open demolition job on Williams in last year's French Open second round.

Russian teenager Maria Sharapova pulled off one of Centre Court's biggest women's final shocks by denying Williams a third consecutive Wimbledon crown in 2004.

Williams denied this year's showdown represented the potential for a similar upset in advance, claiming: "I think it's comparing apples to oranges, Garbine has been around for a while."

Incredibly, Williams fired three double faults in dropping serve in the opening game of the match.

The 21-year-old was just five when Williams claimed her first grand slam triumph, at the 1999 US Open, but maintained her unfazed opening by holding serve for a two-game lead.

US player Serena Williams (L) holds the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, next to Spain's Garbine Muguruza (R) with the runners up shield. AFP/Getty Images
US player Serena Williams (L) holds the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, next to Spain's Garbine Muguruza (R) with the runners up shield. AFP/Getty Images
Wimbledon final: Serena Williams (right) v Garbine Muguruza
Wimbledon final: Serena Williams (right) v Garbine Muguruza

Williams admonished herself, shouting: "What are you doing?" en route to holding serve and putting her stamp on the scoreboard.

Muguruza revved up her power game to fend off two break points in holding under pressure: but could not repeat that feat in her next service game.

Williams secured a foothold by breaking for four-all - then forced Muguruza to drop serve again to seal the first set 6-4.

Only Williams could win a set with relative ease despite a first serve success rate of just 49 per cent.

When the top seed and world number one resolved her service struggles after moving one set ahead, Muguruza was left with no outlet.

Williams broke twice in succession to lead five games to one in absolute dominance, to serve for the championship.

Those service wobbles came back as a double fault contributed to Williams facing three break points when she should have been serving out for the title.

A wild, wide forehand from Williams handed Muguruza a break back, allowing the Spaniard a reprieve.

Muguruza held to force Williams to serve for the match a second time.

Williams fended off three more break points, screaming "Where have you been?" when firing an ace to turn the tide.

Muguruza produced a fine forehand winner to deny Williams at Championship point - before blowing a fourth break point.

At the fifth time of asking Muguruza broke Williams once more however, to extend the contest still further.

The recovery was not to last: Muguruza's resolve then finally cracked, Williams breaking to love and converting her second Championship point.

After moving past sister Venus onto six Wimbledon titles, few will bet against her retaining the US Open title and completing that calendar slam.

Wimbledon 2015 Ladies' Final: Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza
Wimbledon 2015 Ladies' Final: Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza

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