On Saturday, Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza beat the American Williams to be crowned the women’s Wimbledon champion.
Muguruza needed one hour, 17 minutes to secure the win and end the 37-year-old Williams’ attempt to become the oldest woman in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title.
The last player to go down 6-0 in the second set of a Wimbledon final was Eugenie Buchard in 2014 against Petra Kvitova and prior to that Belgian Justine Henin lost the third set of the 2001 final 6-0, Venus Williams dishing out that thrashing.
“Who among the male finalists, tomorrow night, would you like to dance with?” asked one of the journalists present at the post-match conference. “I knew she was going to make me suffer and fight for it”.
Roger Federer and Venus Williams might both have chosen to go at different points in the past few years.
“I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, because they’re very special”.
That was the year Williams made her Wimbledon debut.
“Not everybody can do that”, said the woman who was only seven years old when Williams beat Lindsay Davenport in the Millennium year final. There are thousands of retirees with books that tell us, and their fellow professionals, exactly what it’s like to leave a sport behind-Agassi among them, in his 2006 autobiography, Open. “So credit to her”, Williams said.
“It’s worth doing it, the other tournaments are very important for your career too”. The questions were considerably longer than the answers as the five-times champion studiously avoided elaborating in any meaningful way on her stunning second set collapse against Garbine Muguruza.
Ticket prices of 155 pounds ($203.08) for the women’s final and 190 pounds ($248.94) for the men’s final can certainly be justified in the current entertainment market but the matches hardly brought bang for the buck. “I’m happy that I won today”. If you felt it before, it’s really helpful.
“I came thinking, ‘I’m prepared, I feel good'”.
When Federer defeated Canadian Milos Raonic on Wednesday in straight sets, he became the oldest man to reach a Wimbledon semifinal since Ken Rosewall in 1974.
“She was getting every one of Venus’s shots back”.