Wimbledon 2015: Grass Clippings Days 12 & 13
Though Garbine Muguruza fought gamely in her first Grand Slam final, Serena Williams simply proved to be too tough. Williams trailed in the first, then reeled off four straight games to grab the set. In the second, Williams dashed out to a 5-1 lead before her nerves allowed Muguruza to fight back to 5-4. Fortunately for Serena, she was able to close the door, grabbing the second set and the title in straight sets.
The Serena Slam and the Grand Slam
For the second time in her career, Serena Williams is the holder of all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. In 2002, she won the French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open, followed by the Australian Open in 2003. She currently holds the 2014 US Open title and has won all three Slam titles so far this year. With the first three major titles in her pocket, Serena is also currently on track to win the single-season Grand Slam—a feat last accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988. Should Serena manage to complete the single-season Grand Slam, she'll match Graf's accomplishment and tie Graf's Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
33 Years, 289 Days
At 33 years and 289 days old, Serena Williams also became the oldest woman in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam singles title.
For the second year in a row, Roger Federer came into the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic having dropped serve only once during the Championships. And for the second year in a row, Federer came oh-so-close to the trophy before falling short to the top seeded Djokovic. Federer was ascendant in his semifinal against Andy Murray, and his level remained strong against Djokovic, but it just wasn't the vintage performance that he needed.
200 Wins, 8 Titles
With his win over Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic notched his 200th Grand Slam match win, joining Pete Sampras, Roy Emerson, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and the aforementioned Roger Federer—who leads the list with 291. Djokovic also scored his ninth Slam title, moving him into eighth place on the all-time Slams titles list.
Back On Top
A former Serena Williams rival, Martina Hingis, also made some news at this year's Wimbledon in the doubles draws. Appearing in her first Wimbledon final since 1998, Hingis went back-to-back this year winning the women's doubles title and the mixed doubles title. She's the first to double up on titles at Wimbledon since Cara Black did so in 2004.
Here's a summary of who took home what hardware at this year's big W:
- Men's Singles – Novak Djokovic d. Roger Federer
- Women's Singles – Serena Williams d. Garbine Muguruza
- Men's Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau d. Jamie Murray/John Peers
- Women's Doubles – Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza d. Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina
- Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes/Martina Hingis d. Alexander Peya/Timea Babos
- Boy's Singles – Reilly Opelka d. Mikael Ymer
- Girl's Singles – Sofya Zhuk d. Anna Blinkova
- Boy's Doubles – Nam Hoang Ly/Sumit Nagal d. Reilley Opelka/Akira Santillan
- Girl's Doubles – Dalma Galfi/Fanni Stollar d. Vera Lapko/Tereza Mihalikova