Spa­niard fac­ing Ser­ena Slam dunk shot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

SER­ENA Wil­liams has a Wim­ble­don itch. Its name is Gar­bine Mugu­ruza.

The Spa­niard is in Wil­liams’ sights as Grand Slam history beck­ons.

Wil­liams is not buy­ing sug­ges­tions the world No. 20 has a free shot at the All Eng­land Club ti­tle tonight.

“She has Wim­ble­don to lose,’’ the Amer­i­can said.

‘‘ I think we both have Wim­ble­don to lose, so I think that’s some­thing to lose.

“And, yeah, she’s beaten me be­fore, so she knows how to win. She knows what to do. “It’s a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion. ‘‘ So I think it puts her in a unique po­si­tion where she has an op­por­tu­nity to be­come Wim­ble­don champ.”

Or not. Like Roger Fed­erer, also a 33- year- old master of ten­nis psy­chol­ogy, Wil­liams ap­pre­ci­ates ex­actly what is on the line.

Should Wil­liams win, she will – for the sec­ond time in her ca­reer – hold all four ma­jors at the same time.

It will be the re­al­i­sa­tion of the sub­ject she has banned ev­ery jour­nal­ist, coach and fel­low player from dis­cussing – the Ser­ena Slam.

How­ever Mugu­ruza was her con­queror at the French Open last year.

WOMEN’S FI­NAL

TONIGHT 11PM - LIVE CHAN­NEL 7

SER­ENA WIL­LIAMS

US

Age: 33 Height: 175cm Weight: 70kg

Rank­ing: 1 Grand slam ti­tles: 20

Ca­reer ti­tles: 67 Ca­reer prize­money: $ 98,692,211

Coaches: Pa­trick Mouratoglou, Oracene Price,

Richard Wil­liams

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GAR­BINE MUGU­RUZA

SPAIN

Age: 21 Height: 182cm Weight: 73kg Rank­ing: 20 Grand slam ti­tles: 0

Ca­reer ti­tles: 1 Ca­reer prize­money: $ 3,602,189

Coach: Alejo Man­cisidor

HEAD TO HEAD Wil­liams leads 2- 1 TAB ODDS $ 1.14 Wil­liams $ 5.75 Mugu­ruza

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