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BRAVO claimed 4 for
29 against St Kitts
and Nevis Patriots
during the Caribbean
Basseterre, St Kitts
"It was definitely
amazing being able
to come out in the
first game with a
win and the way the
team played and
being able to get a
goal just topped it
CORDEL CATO on
the Soca Warriors
against Guatemala in
the Concacaf Gold
Cup on Thursday
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Serena Williams (1)
First Round --- def Margarita Gasparyan, 6-4, 6-1.
Second Round --- def Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-1.
Third Round --- def Heather Watson, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Fourth Round --- def Venus Williams (16), 6-4, 6-3.
Quarterfinals --- def Victoria Azarenka (23), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Semifinals --- def Maria Sharapova (4), 6-2, 6-4.
Championship --- def Garbine Muguruza (20), 6-4, 6-4.
All-Time Women's GS Titles
Through 2015 Wimbledon
Aus Fre Wim US Total
Margaret Smith Court 11 5 3 5 24
HelenWillsMoody - 4 8 7 19
Martina Navratilova 3 2 9 4
Billie Jean King
Maureen Connolly 1 2 3 3
LONDON---When her opponent s
final shot sailed out, Serena Williams
wasn t sure whether the match was
over or not. It took a few seconds
before the realisation sunk in---not
only had she won her sixth Wimble-
don title, but her bid for another "Ser-
ena Slam" was complete.
Williams overcame a slow start, eight
double-faults and a nervy finish to dis-
patch Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 yes-
terday for her fourth Grand Slam
championship in a row and 21st major
The win means Williams holds all
four Grand Slam titles at once---com-
pleting 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 US 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
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
"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 appre-
ciate holding it."
Williams was broken in the opening
game by Muguruza, a hard-hitting 21-
year-old Spaniard who was playing in
her first Grand Slam final, and fell
behind 4-2. But Williams began playing
more aggressively and ran off five
straight games to take the set and go
up 1-0 in the second.
Williams pulled out to a 5-1 lead but
seemed to get tight and was broken
twice serving for the match.
"It was definitely a little pressure
toward the end, but I think Garbine
just started playing really well and start-
ed hitting some great shots so that
made it even harder," Williams said.
Muguruza saved a match point and
converted on her fifth break point to
draw within 5-4. But Williams then
broke at love in the next game to close
out the match, which finished in anti-
climactic fashion when Muguruza hit
a forehand wide.
Neither player seemed to realise the
match was over, and there was an awk-
ward delay before Williams covered
her face with both hands, then smiled
and raised her arms in the air. After
the two players hugged at the net,
Williams hopped up and down on the
side of the court with her arms above
"I didn t even know it was over
because she was fighting so hard at
the end," Williams said. "I was like,
OK, do I have to serve again?"
Muguruza, the first Spanish woman
to reach a Grand Slam final in 15 years,
was bidding to become the first to win
Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez
in 1994. Despite losing nine out of 10
games at one stretch, she dug in and
made in tough for Williams.
"I learned that she s also nervous,
even though she played I don t know
how many finals," Muguruza said. "And
she finds the way, being so nervous,
to serve, to hit winners. She s world
No 1. That s what I saw today."
The Spaniard established herself as
a rising star over the past two weeks
and received a standing ovation Sat-
urday that left her in tears.
"I couldn t stop crying," Muguruza
Williams hasn t lost in a Grand Slam
since falling in the third round to Alize
Cornet at Wimbledon last year. Since
then, she won last year s US Open and
this year s Australian and French Opens
before completing the set at Wimble-
Williams extended her winning
streak in Grand Slam finals to eight
and improved her overall record in
major finals to 21-4, including 6-2 at
Williams was the last player to win
four majors in a row, when she achieved
her first "Serena Slam" by taking the
2002 French Open, Wimbledon and
US Open and the 2003 Australian
Apart from Graf, only two women
have completed a calendar-year Grand
Slam---Maureen Connolly in 1953 and
Court in 1970. Martina Navratilova also
won four straight majors in 1983-84.
Williams sixth Wimbledon singles
title puts her third on the Open era list
behind Navratilova with nine and Graf
with seven. (AP)
...Williams wins Wimbledon
Serena Williams of the United States holds the trophy after winning the women's
singles final against Garbine Muguruza of Spain, at the All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Williams won 6-4, 6-4. AP PHOTO
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