2015 Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza
by Staff | July 10th, 2015, 7:18 pm
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Serena Williams takes the court seeking history Saturday in the Wimbledon’s women’s final. Not only is the 33-year-old trying to win a 6th Wimbledon, but also a second “Serena Slam” and a 21st overall Grand Slam major.

Serena has won 27 straight matches in Grand Slam play, all since exiting the 2014 Wimbledon Champion in a cloud of uncertainty.

Muguruza arrives in the Wimbledon as a Cinderella, upsetting four straight Top 15 players en route to her first career Grand Slam final.

[1] SERENA WILLIAMS (USA #1) vs. [20] GARBIÑE MUGURUZA (ESP #20)
Head to Head: SERENA WILLIAMS leads 2-1
S.Williams:
• Contesting eighth final at The Championships and first since 2012; owns a 5-2 record in Wimbledon singles finals, capturing the title in 2002 (d. V.Williams in F), 2003 (d. V.Williams in F), 2009 (d. V.Williams in F), 2010 (d. Zvonareva in F) and 2012 (d. A.Radwanska in F)

• Runner-Up finishes came in 2004 (l. Sharapova, who was ranked No.15 at the time) and 2008 (l. V.Williams,
ranked No.7)

• 2015 Wimbledon represents her 60th Grand Slam main draw appearance; including SF win over Sharapova,
owns 86-12 record on grass • Making her 16th main draw appearance at Wimbledon. With her SF defeat of Sharapova, added to her lead as the active player with most main draw Wimbledon wins – 78-13, ahead of V.Williams at 76-13

• Serena is playing the 25th Grand Slam final of her career (20-4 record across all Slams) and 85th tour level final overall (66-17 match record, one title being a walkover); looking for seventh title on grass

• Winning her sixth Wimbledon singles title today would see Serena draw level with Billie Jean King on the all-time list – King won her sixth and final singles title 40 years ago, in 1975.

Muguruza:
• Contesting her first Grand Slam final; previous best results at majors were back-to-back QF appearances at
Roland Garros in 2014 (l. eventual champion Sharapova) and again this year (l. eventual R-Up Safarova)

• Defeat of A.Radwanska in SF means she will move into the Top 10 of the WTA Rankings (potentially as high as
No.6 with title win) for the first time in her career; previous high was No.19 (March 23, 2015)

• Sanchez-Vicario was the last Spanish woman to reach the singles final at Wimbledon (1995-96) while Conchita
Martinez was the last to win the title (1994; d. Navratilova in F)

• Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach any Grand Slam singles final since Martinez at 2000 Roland
Garros (l. Pierce in F)

• Becomes one of five players born in the 1990s to make a Grand Slam final – of the five, only Kvitova has gone on to lift the title, both times here at Wimbledon (2011 and 2014)

• Making third main draw appearance at Wimbledon; reaching final marks best result at Wimbledon to date;
advanced to 2r on debut in 2013 (l. Makarova) and made 1r exit in 2014 (l. Vandeweghe); fell in qualifying in 2012

• Prior to 2015 Wimbledon only had one main draw win here; including run to final is now 7-2 at the All England
Club

• Bidding to halt a run of seven defeats by a Grand Slam final debutant (Azarenka – 2012 Australian Open)

(WTA Notes)

SATURDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 2:00PM
Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [20]
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) [4] / Horia Tecau (ROU) [4] v
Jamie Murray (GBR) [13] / John Peers (AUS) [13]
Martina Hingis (SUI) [1] / Sania Mirza (IND) [1] v
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [2] / Elena Vesnina (RUS) [2]

METOFFICE WIMBLEDON SATURDAY FORECAST
Mainly dry with some further warm sunny spells. It should become cloudier and breezier later, with isolated evening showers giving way to persistent rain overnight. Maximum Temperature 79°F.

BET AT HOME ODDS
Serena Williams 1.14 vs Garbine Muguruza 4.94

US TV SCHEDULE
ESPN will have live coverage of the match starting at 9am ET, 2pm local.

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30 Comments for 2015 Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza

Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got a 2 part breakdown of this final up at http://tennisabides.com – It should be a fun match.


Giles Says:

Serena doesn’t do fun!


FedExpress Says:

Come on mugu. Make the first step of wonderful weekend


FedExpress Says:

Dont get irritated from serenas fist pumps and screams. Focus on ur game mugu


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Serena…..your grunts aren’t nearly loud enuff to win this match!! We need more emphatic fist pumps!! :)


FedExpress Says:

The beast has woken up


FedExpress Says:

Game over for mugu. Fh not working


FedExpress Says:

Oh noooooo

mugu cant serve .


FedExpress Says:

Is serenas game all about fist pumping? WhY do it after eveey point?


FedExpress Says:

I hope some1 has the guts and kicks serenas butt of the us open.


Pitchaboy Says:

Grand slam champ playing a club level player. Getting blown off the court


FedExpress Says:

Thank god the real final is tomorrow


Okiegal Says:

The old dogs of men’s and women’s tennis are playing the best tennis of their lives! C’raazzyyy!!

Oops, nerves got the best of Serena there. Just break back and you got this!!


FedExpress Says:

Mental midget


Okiegal Says:

Being one of the old dogs myself, c’mon Serena, c’mon Fed!!!!!


FedExpress Says:

Lucky


FedExpress Says:

Testament why isnt serena the best. Cant bring a double break home. Muggu u made me proud.


FedExpress Says:

Lucked her way through another Gs


sienna Says:

I have seen Steffi Graf choke her way to many slamvictorie. She was terrible at serving out matches. Please dont get me started.


Mjj288 Says:

I bet many players wish they could luck themselves into 21 grand slam single titles or twice four straight slams. Let alone be one of the top players in history.


Skeezer Says:

Congrats to Serena! Enjoy it girl, you played awesome. Now going for the 4th @USO, what a hype that will be! And at 34?
Have to say her opposition looked like a rising star to be this Wimby, hope she breaks out and gets to the top.


Giles Says:

Garbine has made her country very proud. Terrific fight at the end. Good luck Garbine for the rest of the season.


Giles Says:

Congrats Serena. NID


Ahfi Says:

Sorry Mugu did not ‘luck’ her way to win this title. I bet she was waiting for ‘Fed Express’ permission. Too late! Better ‘luck’ next time, Fed Express!


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats to Serena on GS no 21 and counting,its a matter of time before she surpasses Graf now,cant see anyone else winning at Flushing Meadows either,i dont think she will stop at Graf either,i think shes after Courts 24 GS,and its making the talking point on the womens tour more interesting,last time she lost in a GS was to Alize Cornet at last years W,last time she lost in a GS final was against Stosur at the USO in 2011,what a woman,what a career,simply the best ever,well not far off….


Hippy Chick Says:

Sorry for Garbine,i agree with everyone in saying shes a star in the making,she put up a good fight today,i hope and believe she will get her hands on a GS at some point,she breaks into the top 10 next week too….


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Serena! Wowzer…..Garbine got a little tougher when the nerves got the better of Serena when trying to close it out on her serve…..even the number 1s of the world feel the pressure….proves they’re human after all! I believe Fed holds it together better than anyone I’ve ever watched in very tight spots. I used to could say that about Rafa, but he’s lost that particular edge as if late……sad about that too….


jalep Says:

Big wow and congratulations Serena!

She certainly is a phenomenal athlete and tennis player.

Garbine Muguruza will be back. She’s wonderful.


FedExpress Says:

Heather watson was 2 points away from saving tennis.


FedExpress Says:

http://m.bbc.com/sport/tennis/33484728

bunch of bullocks written there. These lines got me smiling:

“To remain the best, Serena has had to repeatedly beat the best. No easy match-ups, no easy years, no easy titles.

Tough. Fearless. Courageous. A competitor, and still a woman. That is Serena, and that is why we should celebrate her, even as she appears unstoppable, even as she appears forever.”

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