Serena Williams fought off a spirited challenge from Garbine Muguruza to lift the Wimbledon women's trophy for the sixth time. The world number one won 6-4 6-4 to lift the trophy and get ever nearer Steffi Graf's record of 22 singles titles in Grand Slams. Williams is now one behind on 21, so a win in New York later in the year would draw her level with the German. Having now won the Australian and French Opens as well as Wimbledon she now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, the "Serena Slam" and will complete the first calendar year Grand Slam of her career if she wins the US Open where she is 2.25.
Muguruza, the 20th seed, was competing in her first Grand Slam final but came out strongly from the start. Williams, by contrast, began poorly, three double faults in the first game giving the Spaniard an early break. In her next service game she was under pressure too. At 0-30 Muguruza was getting close to a double break but the American recovered and began to find the form that was expected of the world number one. At 2-4 down she won the next four games in a row to clinch the first set and continued in the same vein throughout the second. She led 5-1 and came out to serve for the championship but Muguruza refused to accept she was beaten and, to the centre court crowd's delight, she broke the Williams serve to love. She then held for 5-3 and once again Williams had to serve for the match. Some inspired tennis from Muguruza brought three break-back points and though Williams saved them and had championship point, the Spaniard came back to secure the break. She then served to try and level the set at 5-5 but could not deny Williams again and, on another match point Muguruza sent the ball wide. Though there was initial confusion, the ball was confirmed as out and Williams had finally closed out the game, the match and the Wimbledon title. Paying tribute to her opponent, Williams told the BBC after the match: "It feels so good. Garbine played so well. I didn't even know it was over because she was fighting so hard at the end. "I can't believe I am standing here with another Serena Slam. It is so cool. It has been a pleasure and an honour to give so many years in this unbelievable place."