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#20 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 Wimbledon champion (and 2015 Australian Open & French Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Wimbledon title by defeating the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 21 year old 20th seeded #20 (career high: #20) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-4, 6-4 (Garbi is shown during the match, Serena is shown holding the "Venus Rosewater Dish" afterward).

    Serena's prize is 1,880,000 ($2,077,757 US); Garbine's prize is 940,000 ($1,038,878 US).

    Serena said: "Garbine played so well. 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!." WTA story

    Half Spanish, half Venezuelan Garbine is the first Spaniard to reach the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996. The last Spaniard to win Wimbledon was Conchita Martinez in 1994.

    Garbine said: "I'm very happy and proud to be playing in front of this amazing crowd. 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 #1."

    Serena now leads Garbi 3-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was earlier this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 4th round of the Australian Open, when Serena defeated Garbine 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

    Serena is now 68-17 in WTA singles finals (including 21-4 in Grand Slam singles finals), and has a 39-1 singles match record this season. Garbine is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals. She was playing in her first Grand Slam final. Her singles match record in 2015 is 28-13.

    Sunday men's final: s1 Novak Djokovic SRB d s2 Roger Federer SUI 7-6(1), 6(10)-7, 6-4, 6-3

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  2015 Late Rounds, Top Half

4th Round:
n1 Serena Williams USA d n16 Venus Williams USA 6-4, 6-3
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-4, 6-4
n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n6 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(1), 7-6(4)
n23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2, 6-3

n1 Serena Williams USA d n23 Victoria Azarenka BLR 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6(3)-7, 6-2

n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 6-4

  2015 Late Rounds, Bottom Half

4th Round:
*n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4
n15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n46 Monica Niculescu ROU 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
n13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-4
n21 Madison Keys USA d n122 Olga Govortosva BLR 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

n13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n21 Madison Keys USA 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3
n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-5, 6-3

n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

WTA SCOREBOARD: The Championships at Wimbledon
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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The Championships,  Wimbledon, London, England

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    The Championships at Wimbledon have 32 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Thursday. Early round play begins at noon local time, QFs & SFs at 1pm, and the Final at 2pm on Saturday.

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2015: On Thursday, June 25, young ladies looking good at the pre-Wimbledon WTA player party included
Simona Halep, 2011 & 2014 champion Petra Kvitova, 2002, '03, '09 '10 & '12 champ Serena Williams, 2004 champ Maria Sharapova, and Ana Ivanovic...
Wimbledon, 1st Round Mon-Tue Jun 29-30 11:30am
loser's prize: 29,000; points: 10
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n113 q Margarita Gasparyan RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Serena driving a forehand

    Serena said: "[Margarita] played really well. She also had a few matches under her belt from the qualifying, so she was ready for the grass. She got off to a really fast start. She was playing really well today... I would be lying if I said I wanted a hard match, of course, but I think it's good for me. At the end of the day, it's definitely good for me." WTA story

n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n108 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 6-0 Tue

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra said: "I had never played [Kiki] before, and I didn't really know what I should expect, but I served really well, and I'm glad about how I played out there. She had a really big forehand. She hit some really good serves as well." WTA story

*n106 Jana Cepelova SVK d n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Simona serving, and Jana driving a backhand

    2014 Wimbledon semifinalist and French Open finalist Simona lost in the 2nd round at Roland Garros this year.

    Simona said: "I didn't expect to lose in the first round. But [Jana] played good tennis today. She was fighting until the end out there, and she was playing aggressively when she could...
    "I had a few losses before coming here. My confidence wasn't too high. And during matches it's difficult because you feel the pressure, and if you aren't handling it very well, you might lose." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n146 wc Johanna Konta GBR 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Maria watching her serve fly

    Maria said: "[Johanna] was a solid opponent. I really had to work for my points. I thought she served really well. Probably one of the reasons she did well last week, she serves quite low on grass. It's a big advantage. She served second serves very fast, I believe mid-90s. That's a pretty great second serve. I felt quite well on the return. That helped me get in the point and get the first shot playing." WTA story

    Johanna said: "I enjoyed every minute of it. [Maria] came out and she played very well. My best just wasn't good enough today."

n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n65 Saisai Zheng CHN 7-5, 6-0 Tue

Caro after match point

n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE d n42 Alison Riske USA 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Mon
n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n173 q Yi-Fan Xu CHN 6-1, 6-1 Mon

Ana's forehand drive

    Ana said: "I really feel that the early loss in Birmingham gave me time to work on some things. Before Birmingham I hadn't had much time on grass but now coming into this week I feel like I'm beginning to implement some of those things we worked on, and that makes me happy." WTA story

n8 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n112 Sachia Vickery USA 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n145 wc Jelena Ostapenko LAT d n9 s9 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 6-0 Mon
n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n53 Carina Witthoeft GER 6-0, 6-0 Tue

Angelique driving a forehand

n11 s11 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n73 Irina Falconi USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Mon
*n117 Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n12 s12 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-6(3), 6-4 Tue

Ying-Ying after match point

    Genie said: "I definitely felt tight in the first set. But I also felt very unprepared for this match. That's unfortunate. But I wanted to play, no matter what. After Eastbourne we did testing and I have a grade two tear in my ab[dominal muscles]. It probably wasn't smart to play here, but I couldn't pass on Wimbledon. So I did kind of minimal preparation to save myself for this match." WTA story

n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n52 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Agnieszka launching a backhand

n14 s14 Andrea Petkovic GER d n83 Shelby Rogers USA 6-0, 6-0 Mon
n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n56 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n16 s16 Venus Williams USA d n36 Madison Brengle USA 6-0, 6-0 Mon

Venus volleying a forehand

n17 s17 Elina Svitolina UKR d n94 Misaki Doi JPN 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n18 s18 Sabine Lisicki GER d n58 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 7-5, 6-4 Tue
n19 s19 Sara Errani ITA d n78 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 Mon
n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n38 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Garbi's backhand drive

n21 s21 Madison Keys USA d n104 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Tue-dark-Wed
n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS d n92 Danka Kovinic MNE 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Samantha driving a forehand

n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n143 wc Anett Kontaveit EST 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Vika serving

*n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n24 s24 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
n25 s25 Alize Cornet FRA d n55 Ana Konjuh CRO 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Alize driving a backhand

n27 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n127 q Laura Siegemund GER 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n43 Sloane Stephens USA d n28 s27 Barbora Strycova CZE 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Sloane driving a backhand

n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n89 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 Tue

JJ fielding a backhand

n30 s29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n41 Daria Gavrilova RUS 7-6(6), 6-1 Mon
n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI d n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Belinda driving a backhand

n32 s31 Camila Giorgi ITA d n75 Teliana Pereira BRA 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
*n64 Heather Watson GBR d n33 s32 Caroline Garcia FRA 1-6, 6-3, 8-6 Mon-dark-Tue

Heather serving on match point

*n84 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n35 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n37 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n59 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Kristina's backhand drive

n39 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n47 Mona Barthel GER 6(3)-7, 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue
*n66 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n40 Karin Knapp ITA 7-6(6), 3-0 retired Tue
*n157 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n45 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n46 Monica Niculescu ROU d n91 Monica Puig PUR 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n61 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*n71 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n49 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 6-0 Mon
*n130 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n50 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*n76 Tatjana Maria GER d n51 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 7-6(2), 7-5 Tue
n54 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n77 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 7-5, 6(5)-7, 7-5 Tue
n57 Kurumi Nara JPN d n97 Magda Linette POL 3-6, 6-3, 4-3 retired Tue

Kurumi following a forehand

*n133 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n60 Tereza Smitkova CZE 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tue
n62 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n242 q Tamira Paszek AUT 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n63 Christina McHale USA d n72 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n82 Denisa Allertova CZE d n67 Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n103 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n96 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n69 Annika Beck GER 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n122 Olga Govortosva BLR d n70 Andreea Mitu ROU 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*n87 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n74 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Mon
n79 Lauren Davis USA d n81 Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 7-6(3) Mon
n80 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n100 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n85 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n105 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n95 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n86 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-6(5), 7-5 Mon
*n109 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS d n88 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 3-6 7-6(6) 10-8 Tue-dark-Wed
n93 Timea Babos HUN d n161 q Petra Cetkovska CZE 7-6(4), 6-3 Mon
*n102 S Soler-Espinosa ESP d n98 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n99 Mariana Duque-Marino COL d n197 wc Naomi Broady GBR 7-6(5), 6-3 Mon
n101 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d nNR wc Laura Robson GBR 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n107 Urszula Radwanska POL d n299 Edina Gallovits-Hall USA 6-2, 6-1 Mon
*n123 q Richel Hogenkamp NED d n110 Qiang Wang CHN 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n136 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR d n116 Lin Zhu CHN 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Mon

Wimbledon, 2nd Round Wed-Thu Jul 1-2 11:30am
loser's prize: 47,000; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n93 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 6-1 Wed

Serena ready to swat a forehand

    About her 3rd round opponent, British #1 Heather Watson, Serena said: "I've seen [Heather] around the locker room. She's always smiling. She seems to be so super sweet. I know Venus has played her before. I've watched that match a few times. I feel like she does really well on grass. She's played well in Eastbourne. And she had a really good win today. I know it's not going to be easy for me. She has nothing to lose. She's going forward." WTA story

n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n57 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-0 Thu

Petra following a backhand

    About playing Jelena Jankovic in the 3rd round, Petra said: "It's always a big challenge to face [Jelena]. She's a former #1 player. It's always a little bit special. And she always has weapons to play. Especially her backhand, it's really great. I've never played her on grass, but I'm going to try my best to keep playing like I'm playing." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n123 q Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Maria lining up a forehand

    Maria said: "I didn't find the rhythm on my serve in a few of those games. I think the good thing, though, is that I regained my timing and started tossing the ball a little bit more consistently. Overall, it was different conditions that my first round match. The court played a lot slower. We had a lot longer rallies. I didn't get a huge advantage off the serve or the return today. I didn't serve my best. And maybe I made a few too many unforced errors. But overall, once we got into the rallies, once I realized I needed to be a little more patient, then things started working a little better for me." WTA story

n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n82 Denisa Allertova CZE 6-1, 7-6(6) Thu

Caro following a backhand

    Caroline led 5-1 in the 2nd set. Caro said: "I felt comfortable and confident. All of a sudden she started playing better. She started hitting the lines, as well. You know, small things. All of a sudden it's 5-6 instead of comfortably in the locker room having won the match. At the end of the day, I won. I kept fighting. You know, that's tennis sometimes. You need to win the last point. That's when you know you've won. I'm just happy to be through." WTA story

    About her 3rd round opponent, Camila Giorgi, Caroline said: "Camila is a player that you don't really know what to expect. She's hitting every ball as hard as she can. Either it goes in or doesn't go in.
    "For me, it's just about staying focused. I need to try to keep pressure on her. I need to return well, serve well, try not to let her dictate too much. Once she can dictate, she's a dangerous player. She is going to take the ball very early. She serves well, goes for every shot."

n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE d n130 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 6-3 Wed
*n157 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n7 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*n66 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n8 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 7-5 Thu

Magda after match point

n10 s10 Angelique Kerber GER d n39 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-2 Thu

Angelique following a forehand

*n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n11 s11 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(5) 6-4 Wed
n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n80 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-0, 6-2 Thu
n14 s14 Andrea Petkovic GER d n99 Mariana Duque-Marino COL 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Andrea's backhand drive

n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n102 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-1 Thu
n16 s16 Venus Williams USA d n95 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 7-6(5), 6-4 Wed

Venus following a backhand

*n62 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n17 s17 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-6(3), 6-3 Thu
n18 s18 Sabine Lisicki GER d n63 Christina McHale USA 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 Thu

Sabine after match point

*n84 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n19 s19 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-2 Wed
n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n54 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Thu

Garbi following a backhand

n21 s21 Madison Keys USA d n109 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-4, 7-6(3) Thu

Madison about to swat a forehand

n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS d n107 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Samantha ready to slice a backhand

n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n96 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Vika after winning a point

*n122 Olga Govortosva BLR d n25 s25 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1 Thu
*n133 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n27 s26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu
n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n101 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6(4)-7, 6-1, 6-3 Thu

JJ serving

n30 s29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 7-5, 6(4)-7, 7-5 Wed
n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI d n87 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 Wed

Belinda driving a forehand

n32 s31 Camila Giorgi ITA d n85 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-0, 7-6(5) Thu
n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n136 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 7-5, 6-1 Wed
n37 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n145 wc Jelena Ostapenko LAT 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n43 Sloane Stephens USA d n79 Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Sloane following a forehand

n46 Monica Niculescu ROU d n106 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n64 Heather Watson GBR d n71 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Heather's backhand drive

    Heather said: "I'm really happy with the way I played today. I went 3-1 down in the first set, made a few double faults in that game, kind of gave that game away. But I thought what I did really well today is I stayed composed. I didn't let that bother me. I was a lot more aggressive and played my game." WTA story

n76 Tatjana Maria GER d n117 Ying-Ying Duan CHN 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 Thu

Wimbledon, 3rd Round Fri-Sat Jul 3-4 11:30am
loser's prize: 77,000; points: 130
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n64 Heather Watson GBR 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Fri

Serena driving a forehand, and Heather launching one on the run

    Serena said: "That was probably my toughest match here, playing Heather in front of her home crowd. She played unbelievable... She really gave it her all." WTA story

    Heather took a 3-0 lead,up 2 breaks, in the 3rd set, but could not hold on. Heather said: "I was two points away [from winning the match], so I'm pretty disappointed... I can definitely learn from it, and do better next time."

*n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Sat

JJ watching her serve fly

    After losing the 1st set, JJ trailed 1-3 in the 2nd. Jelena said: "Playing on grass is very difficult for me. It doesn't come naturally. But... it didn't matter how badly I was playing or what was happening out there, I really just tried to stay one point at a time and fight." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n30 s29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-3 Fri

Maria driving a backhand

    Maria said: "Today was another match against a big server and a big hitter, and on grass that can be quite dangerous. I was quite happy that I was able to win the match in a solid two sets." WTA story

n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n32 s31 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-2 Sat

Caro serving

    Caroline said: "It was nice to win this one. You never really feel comfortable against a player like [Camila]. She hits the ball as hard as she can. Thankfully for me, her shots weren't really going in that much. I also kept serving well and I returned well, which was a big help for me today." WTA story

    Camila said: "The positive is that I have many, many things to improve in my game. The negative is, of course, I lost today. But it's okay. I'll go home and take some days off, and then I'll start again."

n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE d n43 Sloane Stephens USA 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Fri

Lucie's forehand drive

n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n10 s10 A Kerber GER 7-6(12), 1-6, 6-2 Sat

Garbi driving a forehand

    About her 4th round opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine said: "She's a little bit similar to Kerber sometimes. They have a really solid game on the baseline and really strong legs. Caroline is very consistent and has a good mentality. She's always fighting on every point. That's what makes her so good. It's going to be a long match."

n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n62 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-4 Sat

Aga driving a backhand

    Aga is 10-2 since losing in the 1st round at Roland Garros. Agnieszka said: "I think the surface makes a huge difference. Everything is just easier for me now that I'm back on the grass." WTA story

*n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n14 s14 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-5, 6-4 Fri
n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n18 s18 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6-2 Sat

Timea's backhand drive

n16 s16 Venus Williams USA d n84 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-3, 6-2 Fri

Venus driving a backhand

n21 s21 Madison Keys USA d n76 Tatjana Maria GER 6-4, 6-4 Sat

Madison driving a forehand

*n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n22 s22 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-0 Fri

CoCo following a backhand

n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n37 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-4 Fri

Vika driving a forehand

n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI d n157 q B Mattek-Sands USA 7-5, 7-5 Fri

Belinda's backhand drive

n46 Monica Niculescu ROU d n133 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-3, 7-5 Sat

Monica driving a backhand

*n122 Olga Govortosva BLR d n66 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(4), 6-3 Sat

Wimbledon, 4th Round, Mon Jul 6 11:30am
loser's prize: 127,000; points: 240
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n16 s16 Venus Williams USA 6-4, 6-3

Venus and Serena driving forehand and backhand

    Serena said: "I played solid. I knew playing someone like Venus, who's beaten me the most, I had to be solid. I had to cut down on my unforced errors. I had to take chances. And I was able to do that... Venus is playing really well. She could probably have played a lot better, as well. I've been there watching her practice every day and train, and she's practicing well, and she's putting in the time, and she's really feeling better. And you can start to see that being reflected in her game these days." WTA story

    Venus said: "It was just about the breaks, holding serve. I think we were both hitting really well off the ground. [Serena] was able to capitalize on some short balls. She's been playing so well... It'll be tough for anyone to defeat her."

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n34 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-4, 6-4

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria had lost to Angelique Kerber in the 4th round at Wimbledon last year. Maria said: "Looking back at last year's match against Kerber, it was a tough three-setter, a very physical match, and I didn't come through," Sharapova said. "Of course you always think back, think about what could have happened if you'd managed to win a few of those points, and how far you could have gone. Obviously, being back in the situation of the fourth round at Wimbledon, I tried to put all of my effort to get further. And as we all know, it will only get tougher from here.." WTA story

*n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n5 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4

Garbi after match point

    Garbi said: "I went into the match very focused and prepared because I knew that [Caroline] was going to try to make it a long and physical match against me. So I think I used my opportunities of the short balls, good shots, the serve. I think I played really well. This helps me a lot against these kind of defensive players." WTA story

*n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA d n6 s6 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(1), 7-6(4)

CoCo driving a forehand

    CoCo said: "I kept calm and cool. So I think that helped. When the tougher, longer rallies happened, I was on the winning end of it more times than I wasn't. I think that was the difference."

n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n29 s28 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-4

Aga driving a forehand

n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n46 Monica Niculescu ROU 1-6, 7-5, 6-2

Timea driving a backhand

n21 s21 Madison Keys USA d n122 Olga Govortosva BLR 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Madison driving a backhand

    Madison said: "I think I was a little bit nervous at the beginning. She was playing really well and I wasn't playing as smart as I wanted. But I sat down and gave myself a talking to, I started playing my shots and kind of got myself back in control." WTA story

n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n31 s30 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2, 6-3

Vika after winning a point

Wimbledon, QFs, Tue Jul 7
loser's prize: 241,000; points: 430
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n23 s23 Victoria Azarenka BLR 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Vika serving, and Serena driving a forehand

    Serena said: "It was really fun out there. I was smiling at one point and I saw Victoria smiling as well. We both really enjoyed it. It's been up and down, up and down, but somehow I'm still alive. I'm just happy to be here." BBC story

    About facing Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Serena said: "It's been a while but [Maria has] been playing really well, she's such a fighter. I look forward to it. I don't have anything to lose, I'm just going in there trying to win a match."

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n48 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6(3)-7, 6-2

Maria's forehand drive

    Maria said: "I've played five matches already, I've faced different challenges, matches, opponents, circumstances. The first four matches I was playing quite well and got the job done in two sets. Today, serving for the second set, I could have made it easier. It went to a third, but I still got the job done. I have to be pleased with that, that I'm in the semifinals again here after so many years." WTA story

n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n21 s21 Madison Keys USA 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3

Madison and Aga driving forehands

    About her semifinal opponent, Garbine Muguruza, Aga said: "I've seen a few of her matches this tournament and [Garbine is] playing great tennis... It's the semifinals so, of course, there's nothing to lose. All the players are playing great tennis. I'm just going to fight for each point and try to play my best. One day's rest and I'll be ready to go." WTA story

*n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n15 s15 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-5, 6-3

Garbi's forehand drive

    Half Spanish, half Venezuelan Garbine is the first Spaniard to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1997.

    Garbine said: "It's amazing, I'm so happy. It was a very tough match. The last game was a very intense one, so there was so much relief after that... All this experience helps you a lot and makes you believe that you can do it. So I'm going to be confident and ready for the [semifinal] match." WTA story

Wimbledon, SFs, Thu Jul 9 1pm
loser's prize: 470,000; points: 780
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 6-4

Maria and Serena driving forehand and backhand, and Serena after match point

*n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n13 s13 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Aga driving a forehand, Garbi following a backhand, and after match point

Wimbledon, Final, Sat Jul 11 2pm
loser's prize: 940,000; points: 1300
winner's prize: 1,880,000; points: 2000
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n20 s20 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-4, 6-4

Garbine serving, Serena driving a forehand, Garbi and Serena driving backhands,
Serena serving, Garbine and Serena driving forehands, and Serena after match point

Wimbledon, Doubles Final, Sat Jul 11
losers' prize: 170,000
winners' prize: 340,000
s1 Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza d s2 Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5

Wimbledon, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun Jul 12
losers' prize: 50,000
winners' prize: 100,000
s7 Martina Hingis & L Paes d s5 Timea Babos & A Peya 6-1, 6-1

Wimbledon, Girls' Singles Final, Sat Jul 11
*Sofya Zhuk RUS d s12 Anna Blinkova RUS 7-5, 6-4

Wimbledon, Girls' Doubles Final, Sun Jul 12
s3 Dalma Galfi & Fanni Stollar HUN v Vera Lapko BLR & Tereza Mihalikova SVK 6-3, 6-2

Wimbledon, Qualifying Finals at Roehampton, Thu Jun 25 11am
Q1st loser's prize: 3,625; 2 points
Q2nd loser's prize: 7,250; 20 points
Qfinal loser's prize: 14,500; 30 points; qualifier: 40 points
n112 Sachia Vickery USA d n298 Jessica Pegula USA 7-5, 7-5
n113 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n151 Veronica Cepede Royg PAR 6-4, 6-2
n117 Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n135 Anna Tatishvili USA 6-2, 6-4
*n157 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n120 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-4
*n173 Yi-Fan Xu CHN d n121 Louisa Chirico USA 7-5, 6-2
n122 Olga Govortosva BLR d n155 Fangzhou Liu CHN 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
n123 Richel Hogenkamp NED d n193 Zhaoxuan Yang CHN 6-2, 6-2
*n130 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n125 Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-1, 5-7, 9-7
n127 Laura Siegemund GER v n205 Mandy Minella LUX 6-4, 6-3
*n242 Tamira Paszek AUT d n128 Yafan Wang CHN 6-4, 6(6)-7, 7-5
n136 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR d n190 Shuai Zhang CHN 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
n161 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n215 Elise Mertens BEL 6-3, 6-2

Wimbledon, Withdrawals/Non-entries
n26 Shuai Peng CHN
n149 Kateryna Kozlova UKR

The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
s1 Martina Hingis SUI & Sania Mirza IND
Z Diyas KAZ & S Zheng CHN R1
K Jans-Ignacik POL & A Klepac SLO R1
K Date-Krumm JPN & F Schiavone ITA R2
B Jovanovski SRB & N Kichenok UKR R1
M Erakovic NZL & H Watson GBR R2
E Kulichkova RUS & E Rodina RUS R1
s16 A Medina Garrigues ESP & A Parra Santonja ESP R3
s9 C Dellacqua AUS & Y Shvedova KAZ QF
G Dabrowski CAN & A Rosolska POL R1
D Hantuchova SVK & S Stosur AUS R2
J Husarova SVK & P Kania POL R1
K Knapp ITA & R Vinci ITA R3
C-W Chan TPE & N Melichar USA R1
A Cornet FRA & A Krunic SRB R1
s8 A Hlavackova CZE & L Hradecka CZE R2
s3 B Mattek-Sands USA & L Safarova CZE QF
N Broady GBR & E Webley-Smith GBR R1
J Cepelova SVK & S Voegele SUI R1
J Rae GBR & A Smith GBR R2
V Lepchenko USA & C McHale USA R1
L Arruabarrena ESP & I Begu ROU R2
J Gajdosova AUS & A Tomljanovic AUS R3
s13 Y-J Chan TPE & J Zheng CHN R1
M Doi JPN & S Vogt LIE R1
J Konta GBR & M Sanchez USA R2
J Goerges GER & C Witthoeft GER R1
H Chan TPE & A Van Uytvanck BEL R3
D Jurak CRO & A Konjuh CRO R2
J Jankovic SRB & M Lucic-Baroni CRO R1
K Bertens NED & A Riske USA R1
s5 R Kops-Jones USA & A Spears USA SF
s7 S-W Hsieh TPE & F Pennetta ITA QF
E Bogdan ROU & S Halep ROU R1
M Gasparyan RUS & A Panova RUS R2
Y Bonaventure BEL & K Marosi HUN R1
A-L Groenefeld GER & C Vandeweghe USA R3
M Brengle USA & T Maria GER R1
T Smitkova CZE & Y Xu CHN R1
s10 C Garcia FRA & K Srebotnik SLO R2
s14 M Krajicek NED & B Strycova CZE R3
S Aoyama JPN & R Voracova CZE R1
V Dushevina RUS & M Martinez Sanchez ESP R2
K Koukalova CZE & T Pironkova BUL R1
Ka Pliskova CZE & Kr Pliskova CZE R1
M Niculescu ROU & O Savchuk UKR R2
M Linette POL & M Minella LUX R1
s4 T Babos HUN & K Mladenovic FRA SF
s6 G Muguruza ESP & C Suarez Navarro ESP R2
A Dulgheru ROU & S Soler-Espinosa ESP R1
C Black ZIM & L Raymond USA QF
J Larsson SWE & P Martic CRO R1
C Liang CHN & R Olaru ROU R1
B Bencic SUI & K Siniakova CZE R2
A Petkovic GER & M Rybarikova SVK R1
s11 A Kudryavtseva RUS & A Pavlyuchenkova RUS R3
s15 A Rodionova AUS & A Rodionova AUS R2
I Falconi & D Gavrilova AUS R1
T Bacsinszky SUI & C Chuang TPE R1
M Barthel GER & L Kichenok UKR R3
L Davis USA & K Nara JPN R2
Y Wang CHN & K Zhang CHN R1
M Keys USA & L Robson GBR R1
s2 Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS Final
doubles withdrawals: s12 S Williams USA & V Williams USA; D Cibulkova SVK & A Schmiedlova SVK, E Bouchard CAN & L Tsurenko UKR

1884 Wimbledon ladies draw       The first Ladies Championships at Wimbledon were held in 1884; the drawsheet is at left (photo from Virginia Wade's indispensable book Ladies of the Court).

    The "silver flower basket" valued at 20 guineas awarded to champion Maud Watson is now used as the championship trophy at Birmingham, and is known as the Maude Watson Trophy. The 20 guinea valuation seems too high; the cup is not very large, and 20 guineas then would be well over $2000 US today.

    The entry fee of 10 shillings and a sixpence equaled about $2.52 US at the time-- which, adjusted for inflation, would be around $56.60 today.

    The other "Miss Watson" whom Maude defeated in the final, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, was her older sister Lillian. Maude would win the title again in 1885, defeating 1884 semifinalist Blanche Bingley.

    Blanche, later Mrs. George Hillyard, would win the title six times, a feat matched only by Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers (7 titles), Suzanne Lenglen (6), Helen Wills (8), Billie Jean King (6), Martina Navratilova (9), and Steffi Graf (7).

from Ladies of the Court by Michael Mewshaw, (pages 122-123):

    Years ago the Competitor's Lounge at Wimbledon had, in theory, been the sacrosanct preserve of players and their guests. But, in practice, it had always been a throbbing hive of hustlers, racquet dealers, clothing reps, agents, tournament directors, assorted groupies, gofers, and camp followers. Now journalists had access to this sanctuary. Flashing a special forty-five minute permit, I passed the guard at the door and, during yet another rain delay, climbed the stairs to the third floor and stopped at the Prize Money Office, where a woman cheerfully explained her job.
    Once a player lost, he or she popped in here to pick up a check. A player's agent or manager could collect prize money, but only with written permission. "Even though we know, for example, that Ion Tiriac is Boris Becker's manager, we have to have it in writing before we'll hand over Becker's money," the woman said.

    "What if the players want cash?" I asked.
    "Then they carry the check to the bank here on the grounds."

    "Do you deduct U.K. taxes?"
    Indeed she did. Foreigners paid a flat 25% on their winnings, but they received a 150 per diem exclusion before British taxes bit into their purse. The Prize Money Office also deducted WTA dues and fines for code violations. Although it sounded complicated, she assured me that "because of computers, we can get a player in and out in thirty or forty seconds. That's a lot different from the old days." She smiled sweetly. "Now I'm afraid I can't say anything else."

    "Do you ever get any strange requests?"
    The smile never faltered. "Lots, but I'm not allowed to tell you."

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):

    Wimbledon's qualifying tournament is not played at Wimbledon, it is played at the Bank of England tennis club, at Roehampton, about eight miles from the All England Club.

    Everyone who has played there--and almost everyone has at some point--will tell you that the toughest tennis tournament in the world is the one at Roehampton. "There is nothing in the world farther from Wimbledon than Roehampton," John McEnroe once said. "You survive there, you're a hell of a tennis player."

    ...There are sixteen courts at Roehampton. Unlike the pampered, protected courts at Wimbledon, they are in constant use--and it shows. There are brown patches everywhere--or, to be accurate, green patches on the brown--and after it rains, players would be well advised to show up wearing cleats rather than sneakers.

    ...When the players arrive at Roehampton, they report to the referee's tent to sign in; then they await court assignments. Waiting for their matches to be called, most kill the time sitting on a large, grassy knoll that serves as both the players' and the umpires' lounge. The P.A. system is the focal point of all life at Roehampton. Announcements calling players and umpires to their courts, paging people to the telephone, seeking drivers to take players back to hotels, or updating schedules can be heard around the grounds all day long.
    The P.A. is just one of a number of distractions players must deal with while they are playing. Admission to Roehampton is free; there are no ushers and no security...

    ...the atmosphere is not the kind tennis players are accustomed to--people talking and laughing while strolling past the courts... if one wants to qualify for Wimbledon, one has to earn it.

    Roehampton is both a launching pad and a graveyard...

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 306):

    Nothing in tennis can match the tension of day one at Wimbledon.

    Everyone is tight, nervous, and ready to explode with pent-up energy. The other Grand Slams are very important; Wimbledon is history... Only at Wimbledon does Centre Court stay empty from the day of the final until the Saturday before the tournament begins the next year.

    Only at Wimbledon do you walk underneath the huge sign over the door leading to Centre Court, which quotes Rudyard Kipling: "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two imposters the same."...

    ...The weather in England is almost always rotten. Rain cuts practice time, as does a lack of practice courts. At Wimbledon, practice time on the sixteen outside courts is limited to thirty minutes at a time--unless two seeded players are practicing together. Then, they can get an hour. The adjacent practice courts at Aorangi Park (so named because the land was once owned by the government of New Zealand) are not as tight, but still tough to come by. By the time the tournament begins, people are a little tired, a little homesick, frequently frustrated, and very, very nervous.

from Lawn Tennis for Ladies (1910) by 7-time Wimbledon champion Dorothea K. Douglass Lambert Chambers, p.111-112

    I once overheard a lady who was watching a match in the centre court at Wimbledon remark, "There, that's the very first time that man has hit the net with the ball, and he has had hundreds of tries!..."

    Another lady at Eastbourne, whom I had noticed because she never left her seat, bringing her lunch with her so as not to lose a moment's play, asked me at the end of the week, while watching a double, whether the partners were side by side or opposite, as in bridge!

    (May 23, 2007) The AELTC has installed Hawkeye instant replay gear on Centre Court and Court 1. At Wimbledon in 2007, players on these courts will be allowed three incorrect challenge-video replays in each set, after which they can no longer challenge calls in that set. The US and AUSn Opens both utilize the Hawkeye instant replay system on show courts, and allow players to challenge calls and request replays until they lose two challenges in each set. Roland Garros does not yet have any form of instant replay gear installed for French Open call challenges--of course, on clay courts, ball marks are generally used to judge questionable calls. AP story

    (Jan 6, 2004 revised) Wimbledon will have a new retractable roof for Centre Court in place in 2009, officials announced. Construction will begin after The Championships in July, 2006. The 2007 Championships will be played with no roof at all (the current partial roof removed), a new fixed partial roof will be in place in 2008, and the retractable roof completed in 2009. The roof will take 10 minutes to deploy, so Centre Court rain delays of up to 30 minutes will still be possible, but the roof is being installed to assure TV networks of almost continuous coverage, even if it rains. The arena's capacity will also be increased from 13,800 to 15,000. AELTC Long-Term Plan - original BBC story.

    The article on equal pay for women in pro tennis, the Slims Tour, and the formation of the WTA, formerly reproduced here, is permanently archived on the Wimbledon 2007 page.

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