Carolina, Nadal lead congratulatory messages for Muguruza

Carolina, Nadal lead congratulatory messages for Muguruza”

She suffers her first loss in the Wimbledon finals to someone other than Serena.

Together the sisters fought their way on to the stage amid derision and criticism from all corners, leveraging the twin burdens of racism and sexism with uncommon grace.

Did that mean winning the title without Sumyk had given Muguruza extra confidence? Serena won, only to announce that she had been pregnant at the time.

Through it all, through the difficult days of adjusting to life with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, through the disappointing days of first-round losses that led to questions about retirement, through all of the accumulating years, she pressed on.

"Thanks to my team who have been here day in and day out".

"When I was a little girl, I was watching these finals", said the 23-year-old Muguruza. Williams dropped only six games.

After all that's gone on, why doubt her now? She retreated again, filing to win a title of any size over the last 13 months.

Soon enough, Muguruza was shown her name on the list of winners in the stadium's lobby - "Finally!" she said - and being greeted by former King Juan Carlos of Spain. Some strayed long. Some nestled into the middle of the net. Winter is the most compelling season of an elite athlete's narrative, when the hero must compensate for the erosion of physical gifts with wits and imagination. Would she be denied once more by the dominant Williams dynasty?

She also became the first Spaniard to lift the women's trophy following her compatriot Conchita Martinez's win 23 years ago.

Konta struggled with her second serve, which "was eaten alive by a ravenous Williams" says Charlie Eccleshare of the Daily Telegraph, and Williams won the battle of the forehands. I came thinking, I'm prepared, I feel good. The magic doesn't happen just because somebody comes in, and all of a sudden you are incredible. No.

"Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work and I'm sure this means so much to you and your family", said the American.

Fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal congratulated Muguruza on the title, calling it a "great success for Spanish tennis". "So I just have more information about the situation".

But the key moment of the match were those missed set points in the first set.

"I always come very motivated to the Grand Slams". Williams's own forehand flew long on the second set point.

The message is short and sharp.

"When I knew I was playing Venus in the final, I was actually looking forward to it", she said. And she was so close to gaining the upper hand against Muguruza, holding two set points at 5-4 in the opener.

Williams twice was a point away from winning the opening set, ahead 5-4 while Muguruza served at 15-40. We both had a lot of chances.

"I think there'll be other opportunities", she said after the match. Both women came to it playing superbly. Against Williams, she created pressure from the baseline, using her forehand to move Williams around the court. But she competed really well. Twenty-three years ago on Centre Court, a 22-year-old Martinez left 39-year-old Martina Navratilova a sighing runner-up in a blaze of passing shots almost shocking in their totality.

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