Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Serena Slams Another Title at Wimbledon

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Serena Slams Another Title at Wimbledon

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LONDON * Serena Williams was in such a competitive trance it made her slow to claim victory, but then, she was only three-quarters finished with this task she has set for herself, this still- unsatisfied business of total, all-time, world domination. For a moment, she was unsure whether she had actually won the Wimbledon title on Sunday. Then she shot her hands upward, to a roar of acclamation from the Centre Court crowd.

Williams, and the audience, needed to be sure that Garbie Muguruza, the fierce 21-year-old Spaniard across the net, was really beaten. She was, 6-4, 6-4. "I was so focused, I was like, 'Is that it?' " Williams said.

She was tested by Muguruza, who will rise to ninth in the world after her performance in the tournament.

Trailing a set and 5-1, Muguruza suddenly mounted a charge that included two breaks including a ninth game where she saved a match point and broke for 5-4 on her fifth chance.

But the success was short-lived as Williams returned the favor in the ensuing game to earn her sixth Wimbledon championship and her 21st Grand Slam title after 83 minutes when her opponent's forehand went wide.

"I'm just happy it was such a great match, I can't believe I'm standing here with another Serena Slam," Williams said in reference to holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time for the second time in her career.

"It's super exciting. I just knew I wanted to win Wimbledon this year. Of all the Grand Slams, it was the one I hadn't won in a while. It was like, I really want to win Wimbledon it happened. It feels really, really good.

"I've just been super relaxed. I've been taking time every match. I didn't have an easy go this tournament, but I still just take it one match at a time."

She is now within reach of a rare Grand Slam, a sweep of tennis's four major championships in the same calendar year. She has already won the 2015 Australian Open and French Open, and with her Wimbledon victory, only the U.S. Open remains for her to be all-conquering.

"It's huge," she said. "It's really, really, huge, but I haven't done it yet."

Muguruza could not control some tears after her battle.

"I couldn't stop crying, so many people are clapping," she said of the trophy ceremony. …

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