Sania Mirza became the first Indian woman to win a doubles grand slam after she clinched a dramatic victory alongside partner Martina Hingis in the Wimbledon final.
Mirza and Hingis, who only started playing together last March but have since made five finals in nine outings, beat Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Saturday.
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Mirza and Hingis saved nine of 12 break points against their Russian opponents to win their first major together. Mirza had won three mixed doubles title before but never a women’s doubles crown previously.
Hingis, who is a five-time grand slam singles champion but re-launched her career as a doubles player in 2013, will be targeting another title on Sunday in mixed doubles alongside Leander Paes.
Serena Williams admits she never thought she would hold all four grand slam titles at the same time again and that achieving the ‘Serena Slam’ has taught her she is capable of anything.
For the second time in her career, and 12 years after she did it in 2003, Williams has won four grand slam titles in a row thanks to her 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Less than 12 months ago, she had gone to the US Open having not made a grand slam quarter-final in any of the other three majors in 2014. She hasn’t lost a match at a grand slam since then, her streak now standing at 28 wins in a row.
Her Wimbledon victory gave her a 21st major trophy and she is now just one shy of Steffi Graf ’s Open Era record. Asked which of her accomplishments this fortnight speaks louder to her, she said without hesitation: “For sure the Serena Slam. I mean, I’ve been trying to win four in a row for 12 years, and it hasn’t happened. I’ve had a couple injuries.
“You know, it’s been an up-and-down process. I honestly can’t say that last year, two years ago, or even five years ago, I would have thought that I would win four in a row.
“So just starting this journey, having all four trophies at home, is incredible. That for me stands out the most.”
Ex-world No1 turned TV pundit Andy Roddick joked before the match: “I think Serena will win everything, forever.”
It may have been a quip but it certainly feels that way. Knowing what was at stake, Williams was nervous yesterday against the 21-year-old Muguruza but fought back from a break down in the opening set and held off an inspired comeback from the Spaniard in the second to close out the win in one hour and 23 minutes.
Williams was so focused that she didn’t even realise she had won when the match was over and it took her a second to process that she had captured a sixth Wimbledon crown.
Been following Serena’s pro career since the beginning. Rarely seen her look as happy as she does in this post-match presser: radiant
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) July 11, 2015
“I’ve learned a lot. That I’m able to do anything. Anyone’s able to do anything they really set their mind to,” said the 33-year-old world No 1.
With the calendar year Grand Slam in her sights, Williams knows she will have huge pressure on her to win the US Open in September.
But she said: “I feel like I’ll be okay. I feel like if I can do the Serena Slam, I will be okay heading into the Grand Slam. I had a really tough draw. This gives me confidence that if I had this draw, I can do it again.”
Garbine Muguruza was at a loss for words trying to describe her emotions after the heartwarming standing ovation she received on court following her loss to Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, who will rise to a career-high No9 in the world after her efforts at SW19, even had Williams on her feet after pushing the world No1 late in the second set before falling to a 6-4, 6-4 defeat.
“I couldn’t stop crying,” Muguruza said of the moment the crowd rose to their feet.
Serena to Muguruza: “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this trophy very soon, believe me. You’re a great champ” pic.twitter.com/fxr33OulKL
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2015
“So many people are clapping. I don’t know. I make all these people feel this in a tennis court? I felt special. It’s difficult to explain.
“I think they saw in me that I really wanted to win, that I give everything to tennis.”
Muguruza had a strong start to the match, benefitting from some nerves from the top seed as she broke serve in the opening game of the match, and went down fighting in the end as Williams proved too strong for the grand slam final debutante.
“I learned that she’s also nervous, even though she played I don’t know how many finals. And she finds the way, being so nervous, to serve and hit winners,” said Muguruza of her lessons learned from her first major final.
“She’s world No1. That’s what I saw today. I see it every day.
“But if you have to choose who to win (against) or who to lose (to), I would choose Serena.”
Muguruza, the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario finished runner-up in 1995 and 1996, had won just one single match at the All England Club prior to this past fortnight.
She lost in the first round last year, making her runner-up showing an even more remarkable feat.
“I came here with another mentality from last year because I didn’t like so much grass before, and this year I came here thinking ‘no, I like grass. Seriously, Garbine, you like grass. My game is going to help’. Every day thinking this… you know, it worked!”