Serena Williams wins in Wimbledon on July 11, 2015
World No. 1 Serena Williams won Wimbledon on Saturday and became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era.
The win means Williams holds all four Grand Slam titles at once – completing the second “Serena Slam’’ of her career. What’s more, she secured the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam and, if she wins the U.S. Open, will become the first player to sweep all four majors in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988.
“I can’t believe I’m standing here at another Grand Slam,’’ Williams said in an on-court interview after the match. “I’m having so much fun out here. I just never dreamt I would be out here still and let alone winning.’’
Williams, who won her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and three behind all-time leader Margaret Court.
After the match, Williams was asked what it’s like to win a Grand Slam title at almost 34 years old. “I’m having so much fun. I never dreamt I’d be out here still,” she said, through a huge smile.
“It feels so good,’’ Williams said after accepting the winner’s trophy – the Venus Rosewater Dish – on Centre Court from the Duke of Kent. “It’s been a little while and you really appreciate holding it.’’
Muguruza won a lot of fans after she played, and fought, so well. Before she spoke during the on-court trophy presentation, the crowd gave her a long standing ovation as she wiped away tears.
“You’ll be holding this trophy very, very soon,” Williams told her a few minutes later as she accepted her trophy.
At 33, Williams is also the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She has now won eight major championships in her 30s, including her first Wimbledon title since 2012
Williams will receive $2.94 million for winning, and Muguruza will get $1.47 million as the runner-up.