Williams battles to win sixth Wimbledon title
Serena Williams was too good for her rivals at Wimbledon once again and now attention turns to Flushing Meadows next month.
Serena Williams is on her way to a calendar grand slam, having won the Australian and French Open titles and now Wimbledon to leave just the US Open in a bid to win all four majors in the same year.
She turns 34 in September but remains the player to beat at the very top of the women's game.
She showed her determination and sheer will to win throughout the two weeks of the championships in London, including the final.
Up against Britain's Heather Watson in the third round, she was 3-0 and a double break behind in the third and final set.
The Briton, cheered on by the partisan Centre Court crowd, had a point for 4-0 but Williams recovered.
Watson also served for the match at 5-4 but again the number one seed fought back and won in three thrilling sets.
She then overcame her sister Venus, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova to get through to the final, her eighth at Wimbledon.
Her opponent there was Garbine Muguruza, 14 years her junior but who had excelled in the tournament and a player who refused to be overawed by the occasion.
She had beaten Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska on the way to the final and, up against the world number one, she came out strongly from the start, breaking the American's serve in the very first game, holding and then putting pressure on the second Williams' service game.
However, the five-time champion then showed her quality as Muguruza was 4-2 up in the first set but Williams then reeled off the next four in a row to win it 6-4.
She dominated the second, racing into a 5-1 lead and served for the match. However, to her credit, the Spaniard recovered and thrilled the Centre Court crowd, achieving a double break to get back to 4-5.
It wasn't to last and, serving to level at 5-5, she double faulted to give Williams an early advantage in the game and, at 0-40 faced championship points.
She went wide on the first and Williams was, once again Wimbledon champion.
While Williams, after a disappointing last two years at Wimbledon, was crowned champion, the woman who won last year, Petra Kvitova, went out in the third round.
After conceding just three games from her first two matches and looking in excellent form, she won the first set against Jelana Jankovic but the Serbian, a former world number one, caused a shock to win the next two and knock the defending champion out of the tournament.
Kvitova has won Wimbledon twice but has never reached similar heights at the other Grand Slams and will hope to fare better at the US Open in September, where she has never gone beyond the fourth round.
The player she beat in last year's SW19 final, Eugenie Bouchard, has suffered an alarming loss of form since and she suffered a first-round exit this year, together with Simona Halep, a semi-finalist in 2014, who went out in three sets to Jana Cepelova.
Halep and Bouchard were seen as the future a year ago but the rising stars at the moment are Muguruza, aged just 21, and Madison Keys, a year younger who, after reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open, won through to the last eight at Wimbledon before losing to Radwanska.
At her home Grand Slam, the US Open, she has not yet gone past the second round, but will be expected to do so this time.