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Stop Infantilizing Venus Williams

Stop Infantilizing Venus Williams

Along the way to this final, Williams' age had been thrown into sharp relief by her opponents: a 21-year-old, two teenagers, then the 20-year-old new star on the block, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The 17-year-old from the Californian city of Thousand Oaks secured her first junior grand slam with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory over compatriot Ann Li on Court One.

- Spain's Muguruza beat Williams 7-5 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday and her second grand slam title.

For Williams, it is her ninth Wimbledon final as she goes for her sixth win.

Although Williams certainly brought more experience with her into the championship match, Muguruza was already no stranger to the big stage.

Later the American was asked how to explain the huge difference in the levels of her play in the first and second sets.

Muguruza, playing in her just fourth Wimbledon, reached the final two years ago as a virtual unknown player and was beaten in straight sets by Serena. Her response to the Sjogren's query: "She played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match". "I'm so close now, so I just got to stay focused".

Of course winning against the expectations of many, as she joked with Chairman of the All England Club Philip Brook that she had no dress for the Wimbledon Ball as she admired her name stencilled on the Winners' Board. And on the second, she sent a return long. Williams showed she was far from infallible with no fewer than three double faults in the seventh game, yet she kept up the attack, aced to hold, and then held to love for 5-4.

"When I had those set points against me, I'm like, 'Hey, it's normal".

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She won Wimbledon in 2017 after dropping just one set during the tournament. Her last one came in 2008. Now she also had former Wimbledon champion and compatriot Conchita Martinez in her corner.

Muguruza lost to Serena Williams in the final here two years ago.

"I think in this tournament I put everything together, which is very hard".

Last week Florida police said Williams was acting lawfully when she drove her sports utility vehicle into an intersection before a fatal crash with another auto on June 9. She can handle people accurately reporting that she played some very bad tennis today. However, Muguruza dug deep and pulled out the game and the set.

"This is his home court", Cilic said about Federer, "(the) place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game". "That's why I came here this year", Federer said.

"Once I did this Wimbledon final, everything changed for me because I felt like, Stop complaining, your game suits this surface". It took me a while actually to calm down, to say, Hey, it's grass, you have to adapt to the surface. "I believe I can do that".

And in her 15-minute post-match press conference Venus said she had not yet spoken to Serena but "she would".

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida.


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