Her way into the history books
Watson went on to take a three-games-to-love lead, and even the most loyal of Williams’ fans began losing hope, believing she was on her way out of the tournament.
But Williams, renowned for digging deep, pulled off the impossible.
She then went on a sensational four-game winning streak. But when Watson broke her and took a five-games-to-four lead, hope again started fading as the young Brit prepared to serve for the match.
When it got to deuce, it looked all over, until Williams spectacularly turned things around and won the match 6-2 4-6 7-5 to much disbelief. Williams went on to inflict another defeat – against Maria Sharapova in the semis – to set up yesterday’s final showdown with promising young Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza.
Some regard the contest between Williams and Sharapova as a rivalry, but having beaten the Russian for the 17th straight time on Thursday and collecting four times more grand slams, this cannot honestly be described as such. At 18-2, it’s a one-sided affair. By beating Muguruza 6-4 6-4, Williams has now proven that she has no equal in the current Women’s Tennis Association circuit and, at the age of 33, her equals have long retired from the game.
She is now only left with the US Open to complete an incredible year and to match Graf in the grand slam stakes.
But at the pace Williams is going, she might just surpass even that record.
Maria Sharapova of Russia wipes her face in frustration during her Wimbledon semifinal match against
Serena Williams of