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Serena wins sixth Wimbledon title

Top-seed sees off Muguruza's challenge in straight sets to win first Wimbledon title since 2012.

    Serena wins sixth Wimbledon title
    Serena has now won 21 Grand Slams [Getty Images]

    Serena Williams claimed a sixth Wimbledon title and fourth successive grand slam crown by suppressing the spirited attacking instincts of 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win the final 6-4 6-4.

    The world number one was simply too powerful and too consistent for surprise 21-year-old finalist Muguruza, who began with a valiant positive approach but could not maintain her early high level.

    Serena looked in trouble in the opening set, trailing Muguruza 4-2 before bouncing back to win it.

    Serena's Grand Slam titles
    Aus Open: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015
    French Open:2002, 2013, 2015
    Wimbledon: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
    US Open: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014

    The Spaniard's challenge faded in the second set as the American raced to a 5-1 lead.

    But while Serena was  four points away from a win, Muguruza fought back to make it 5-4.

    However, Serena broke her rival once again to win the set 6-4 and seal her 21st Grand Slam title.

    American Williams reinforced her stranglehold on the women's game by overcoming an early wobble and resisting a battling fightback to claim a 21st grand slam title that leaves her one behind German Steffi Graf's record haul of professional era majors.

    Williams now holds all four majors at the same time - the so-called 'Serena Slam' - having also won the US, Australian and French Open titles.

    "I can't believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool," Williams said courtside.

    "It has been a pleasure and an honour to have so many years in this unbelievable place."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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