For the fourth time at a Grand Slam event, Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza will meet, this time in the final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. With the current head-to-head record at 2-1 for Williams, this has the potential to be a riveting match-up on Saturday. Muguruza has beaten Williams before and will be keen to do that once again en route to her first Major title.
In a match that was not far different from her previous 16 consecutive wins, Serena Williams defeated Maria SHarapova in straight sets to secure her place in the final at the All England Club. Williams hit almost twice as many winners as unforced errors, which gave her the 6-2, 6-4 victory.
“I’m really excited,” the World No.1 told the BBC right after the match. “I was a little nervous out there. The semifinals of Wimbledon – it’s been a long time since I’ve been this far in this tournament!
“I think Maria played really well. She stepped up her game, and I was able to step mine up as well. And it’s the semifinals of Wimbledon – you never want to lose, and you want to do the best you can.”
Muguruza found her way to her first Grand Slam final when she downed 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanksa in a three-set thriller. It looked as though the match would be a one-sided affair yet Radwanksa managed to rally back and force a decider. In the end, Muguruza found the crucial break and ended the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-3..
“It’s the best final you can play,” Muguruza said. “Serena in the Wimbledon final is the hardest match you can have. If you want to win a Grand Slam, when you dream, you say, ‘I want Serena in the final.’
“She’s one of the best players in all these years. So it’s obviously the best challenge to have.”
Williams and Muguruza split their past two encounters on the tour – both at Grand Slam events before Williams snuck into the lead with a win in the fourth round of the Australian Open this season. At last year’s French Open, the Spaniard avenged the loss with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the former champion in the tournament’s second round. While that is a promising sign, Williams is certainly the better hard court player, and unless she plays at a level well below her usual standard, she should find her way to edge one step closer to completing the Serena Slam and the Calendar Slam.
“She’s beaten me before, and she’s improved too,” Williams said. “It’s not going to be an easy match.”
Prediction: Serena Williams in Three Sets