Serena pays tribute to Muguruza for inspiration

Serena pays tribute to Muguruza for inspiration

Serena Williams will attempt to repay Garbine Muguruza for inspiring her calendar grand slam bid by denying the Spaniard the Wimbledon title.

Williams branded an “eye-opening” Roland Garros defeat to Muguruza last year as the catalyst for her landing the US, Australian and French Open trophies.

The 33-year-old can complete the second ’Serena Slam’ of her career with victory over Spain’s Muguruza on Saturday, to hold all four major titles at the same time.

To complete that elusive feat of winning all four grand slams in the same season, Williams would then need to retain her US Open title later this summer.

The 20-time major winner has banned all such talk, but rates that 2014 Paris loss to Muguruza as crucial to her revival.

“It was an eye-opening loss for me,” said Williams, of her 6-2 6-2 second round defeat to the Spaniard.

“Some losses you’re angry about, and some losses you learn from. That loss I think I learned the most from in a long time.

“I got so much better after that loss. I was able to improve a lot, I worked on things.

“I didn’t see the results straightaway, but months later I started seeing the results more and more. I learned so much from that.

“Sometimes as much as you don’t want it or as bad timing as it could be, I don’t want to lose to anyone at a grand slam.

“Unfortunately, I did, but it was really an experience that helped me say, ’Okay, Serena, you want to be the best, you’re going to have to do certain things and you’re going to have to improve certain things’.”

Williams bludgeoned mercilessly past Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-4 to book her eighth Wimbledon final appearance, claiming her 17th consecutive victory over her Russian foe.

Muguruza held her nerve for a 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska to secure a maiden grand slam final outing, with Williams wary of that previous defeat to the world number 20.

“It’s made me know that I can come back from pretty much anything,” said Williams of her glut of turnaround triumphs.

“Or at least I know that I can really try and give 100 per cent.

“I actually in a way solve the problem, come up with several different solutions to the problem. I act on it.”

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