American tennis star Serena Williams has taken her game to another level by becoming the oldest woman at 33 to hold all four major trophies in the game.
Williams beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to win Wimbledon for the sixth time and complete the ‘Serena Slam’ as the holder of all four major titles.
The American won 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court to claim her 21st Grand Slam title and third of 2015.
Williams withstood a late fightback from 20th seed Muguruza, to come through in one hour and 23 minutes.
Serena heads to the US Open in next month aiming to complete the first calendar year Grand Slam of her career.
Former Wimbledon three-time champion John McEnroe said Serena’s good health and desire to disprove her critics has kept her going.
“Serena Williams will get to 25 Grand Slams and some annoying person somewhere will come up with another achievement that she hasn’t done and she will figure out another way to motivate herself to keep going. It comes down to health at the end of the day. If you are still playing well, arguably better, it is pretty hard to stop. If she is able to handle nerves etc, she will be able to go as long as she wants to,” McEnroe told BBC.com
A victory in New York would see the world number one match Steffi Graf’s calendar Slam of 1988, and tie the German’s open era record of 22 major wins.
The weight of those achievements had appeared to be taking its toll on Williams when she refused to discuss the potential ‘slam’ during interviews, and the American started the final nervously.
“I can’t believe I am standing here with another ‘Serena Slam’,” added Williams.
“It is so cool. It has been a pleasure and an honour to give so many years in this unbelievable place.”