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Garbine Muguruza: Road to the 2015 Wimbledon Final

Garbine Muguruza: Road to the 2015 Wimbledon Final

A look back at Garbine Muguruza’s passage to the ladies’ singles final, where she will go head-to-head with Serena Williams for the 2015 title.

Playing in the first Grand Slam final of her blossoming career, the No.20-seeded Muguruza came out on fire, breaking in the very first game of the match then holding for 2-0. And she held onto that break for a few more games – she extended that 2-0 lead to 3-1 and even 4-2, just a few games from the set.

But the No.1-seeded Williams came alive from there, winning five games in a row to build a 6-4, 1-0 lead, and then, after Muguruza held to even it up, 1-1, she reeled off four straight games for a 5-1 lead.

It wasn’t over at all – Muguruza clawed back, winning the next three games to close the gap to 5-4, but Williams summoned up one last break of serve to clinch the match and the championships, 6-4, 6-4.

The finalists met the BBC’s Sue Barker for the traditional on-court interviews after the match.

“I’m very happy and proud to be playing in front of this amazing crowd,” Muguruza said of her first Grand Slam final. “I love to play on big courts, and a Grand Slam final is just a dream come true for me.

“But I also want to say congratulations to Serena. She’s showing us she’s still World No.1.”

“Garbiñe played so well,” Williams said. “I didn’t even know it was over – she was fighting so hard at the end. Congratultions – don’t be sad, you’ll be holding this trophy very, very soon, believe me!

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