John Berkok | Serena Williams' career keeps getting more historic - the World No.1 battled past Garbiñe Muguruza for her sixth Wimbledon, 21st Grand Slam title and second Serena Slam.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - There was no shortage of drama, especially right at the start and right at the end, but Serena Williams outdid Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets for her sixth Wimbledon, 21st Grand Slam title and second Serena Slam - her self-stylized name for a Non-Calendar Year Grand Slam.

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!

"I can't believe I'm standing here with another Serena Slam. It's really cool. And the crowd helped me through it - I heard all the 'I love yous' and I love you more! It's such an honor. It feels so good."

Serena Slam 1 was the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2002 and Australian Open in 2003, Serena Slam 2 the US Open in 2014 and Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015.

Williams' 21 total Grand Slam titles is second-most in the Open Era, after Steffi Graf's 22, and third-most all-time, after Margaret Court's 24 and Graf's 22. She's just the second woman all-time to win four or more Grand Slam titles in a row twice - Graf also accomplished the feat twice in her career.

And at 33 years and 289 days, the World No.1 is also the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, beating Martina Navratilova's record of 33 years and 263 days at Wimbledon in 1990.

There was a slight delay in the World No.1's celebration, though - check out the video right here: