Serena Williams wins Wimbledon and completes the Serena Slam: as it happened
The American wins her sixth Wimbledon title, beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 in the final
She’s won it six times, she can do whatever she wants with it:
Serena’s grin is as wide as ever. Sue Barker is finally permitted to broach the subject of the Serena Slam:
I didn’t even know it was over! She’ll be holding this trophy very soon, believe me. I can’t believe I’m standing here with another Serena Slam…there was definitely a little pressure towards the end, I just thought “stay out here, do the best you can…”
Muguruza summons some words for the BBC:
I love to play in big courts – a Grand Slam final is a dream come true!
The green carpet is unfurled and the ballboys and girls assemble in double-quick time. His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, President of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, is on court for the presentations. Garbine Muguruza, who’s sealed a top 10 place with her performances here, receives her runner-up trophy with tears in her eyes, but Centre Court rises to appreciate her contribution to a final that could have raced away from her after an encouraging start.
Here comes the champion, though – and this is her TWENTY-FIRST Grand Slam title – and she gleefully receives the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Muguruza, somehow, has the opportunity to serve her way back into this match. She starts with a double fault, and a tiny piece of the collective Centre Court heart breaks. Serena, via a cruel net cord and with Muguruza scrambling valiantly, gets to 0-30. Muguruza’s fairytale seems to have reached its final page – she goes long on the forehand. Championship point! Muguruza sends a forehand wide and Centre Court erupts….eventually. There’s some inexplicable confusion at first, but Serena Williams is the Wimbledon champion for the sixth time!