Sue Barker presents live coverage of the Wimbledon ladies' singles final between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams.
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This is a national programme. Now we're going to take you over to
Wimbledon... MUSIC PLAYS Wimbledon is a place
that just drips with history. Even when you've played your part
over the years, you know it's like laying a tile in a much bigger
mosaic. I guess some just have a few more tiles.
That is it, she has won it! What a lovely moment visits. Venus
Williams, crowned supreme. Elite Shield came wings. Venus Williams is
the champion again. -- Billie Jean King wins.
This game toughens you up, physically, emotionally and
mentally. When you have lifted the trophy
before, you know what it takes to get it done on the biggest stage.
She seems unstoppable. Coming up firing. Don't get me
wrong, this is no foregone conclusion. We have all been young
once. Fiercely ambitious, keen to accept the establishment and make
our first mark on history. Nothing is stopping her now.
Muguruza has won it. It will be quite a battle, and another tile in
the mosaic of Wimbledon history. We are just waiting to find out who
will lay it. Billie Jean King ? one
of the legends of Wimbledon. And this weekend another two legends
could achieve the incredible and become the oldest champions
in the open era. Tomorrow, 35-year-old Roger Federer
will play for an eighth men's singles title,
and today 37-year-old Venus Williams goes for a sixth ladies' crown,
nine years after her last. Standing in her way
is Spain's Garbine Muguruza. The number 14 seed was a finalist
in 2015 when she was beaten But Muguruza became a grand slam
champion with victory in Paris last year, and she's played some
brilliant tennis on her Williams first played
here in 1997 and it's 17 years At times in the past fortnight she's
looked back to her very best, not least in the semifinal victory
over Britain's Jo Konta. It's Williams against Muguruza in
the Wimbledon ladies' singles final. The players will walk
onto centre court at 2pm, You probably saw that the roof is
closed, the umbrellas are up so we are in the safety of the studio. It
could be an indoor final, and I am delighted to say that Billie Jean
King and Martina Navratilova are with me. They have won so many Grand
Slams between them that I gave up counting at 95. Why?! My pen was
running out. Martina has 58, I know that. 40 between us for Wimbledon.
It was 50 years ago that I won the triple here. 50 years ago. It brings
back memories. That opening brought back memories for me. I did not know
that you guys were going to do that with the old footage. You were an
inspiration, Billie Jean, to both of us. You know I had an Afro in 75.
Not one media person noticed or asked me why. Because Black is
beautiful was in that year. You remember Arthur Ashe won, he had his
Afro. I kept waiting for somebody to ask me why I was wearing an Afro,
that is why. I am big on inclusion and all that. I was trying to make a
statement, even though I was a white girl. I thought you just had a bad
hairdresser! And that was a bad day, right?! I did that on purpose, it
was shocking, you have to per your hair. I said to Arthur, yours is
natural, mine is not. Martina, you know all about final day. Every
player says take one match at a time, this is more than a match.
This is the one. These two players treat every much like a Wimbledon
final. You have to do that mentally, physically and emotionally, treat
them as if it is the one, so when you get there you have played 100
matches like it before. Even if it is your first final. It is
Muguruza's seconds. I realised it was the final this morning, and I
thought about what it felt like for real. He was so excited, you can't
wait to get out. It is a very different feel, the whole day, in
the locker room. It is very quiet here near the end. In the beginning
there are so many people and players and chaos, all of a sudden as the
fortnight goes by it gets less and less. On the final day for me,
personally, and I have listened to others, you think of when you are a
child and you always wanted to win Wimbledon, it is always a goal, you
realise the hard work you put in and it is a moment of truth. For me it
used to be OK, this is it, I have always dreams about this. I will
either execute properly or not. It gets down to execution. The top
players know how each other play, they know exactly. Can I execute
properly, stay focused, not let up for even two points, because those
two points usually make the difference. The Konta match with
Venus, 30-40, second serve, Venus served at 106 mph. Those are the
moments of truth, and when you are in a match... I am sure that Venus
is new in the semis that she could not let the first set go. Konta has
a big serve, that is dangerous. So you really have is to make sure that
you are bringing all of yourself, I mean all of yourself, and stay in
the moment, stay in the now if you want to win. And it is can I do it
when it counts? I mentioned the weekend of history, 35-year-old
Roger tomorrow, 37-year-old Venus Williams. Incredible. Looking at
older players that have won, Serena is the oldest champion that has won,
35 years at the Australian Open, 34 when she was here. Grand Slam finals
as well. Martina, you are one of the oldest, you played the final at 37.
Was it different? About it was different from Venus because I knew
it was my last year and I did not want to play any more. I would not
have said that all made it public, even though you know. But you know
you'll time is running out regardless. Venus might have two or
three years, you don't see it going past 40. Tennis is too explosive,
everybody is hitting harder. Everything takes longer, the
recovery, the preparation. You maybe lose a little bit. It amplifies.
Venus get away with it more than others because of her long reach.
One step is still one step for her. It is when you had to take three or
four that you lose speed, but she is covering the ball as well as
anybody, maybe not as well as she used to but it is good enough. But
it is the self-imposed pressure of knowing your time is running out,
that is when the nerves kick in, a little or remote depending on how
you play. We could have the rid the champions that we had in 2007. It is
incredible how the game moves on -- we could have the repeated
champions. It is the information available, and it is the money, they
have unbelievable people around them. The support makes a huge
difference, they know how to take care of themselves. And it helps
financially, let's face it. My generation wanted to make a living.
I see the living they are making and I think, gosh, I would play until...
I played until I was 40 because it was so much fun and the money kept
going up every year. What an opportunity. And I love the
lifestyle, tennis people my friends. It is about relationships. What
Martina said was interesting, when you won you were not sure... We were
talking earlier in the year and you said I don't know if I have it any
more and I said your 90% is better than everybody else's 100%, and it
was. Sometimes you have to understand that when you are older
you will not run as fast, but is your 90% is good or better than the
others' 100%? Roger is running like a 27-year-old, to me. I cannot
believe he is not in his 20s. His position and technique, he sees the
ball early, his contact point, he keeps his head still. He watches the
ball better than anybody have seen my life. Anybody who wants to make
it in this board should watch him. As far as the day goes, you start
with a practice session. Venus was out there today. Is it different for
a final? It is the same routine, when you need to play, how long,
went to finish so you can take a shower, recover, eat, recover again.
The weather throws it a little bit. If you need to practice indoors or
shorten its because it starts raining. But champions are just, as
Billie Jean says, you adapt. You have your routine, if you need to
adapt it, you do. Her mum is coming in as well. How many matches has she
watched? She deserves a plaque, a trophy or a statue. I was speaking
to her, because of the syndrome it has changed Venus and how she thinks
about things. Her mother says, you know how stubborn she is, she has
decided should... Decided to really work on her serve. I have never seen
her serving this fluid. She has lots of believers, she needs to keep it
in order. Her serve is the best I have seen it in years. Oracene, her
mum, say she has been working very hard. Go fight we are in for a great
final, great first strike tennis. Her backhand has been doing better
than her forehand. They have been playing big, big tennis. Her
forehand has not been as good, but it has been proved. Garbine will
want backhand crosscourt rallies, Venus will once the other. This is
her third Grand Slam final, it is not an issue? Venus has an issue,
winning five times here. Being in nine finals, unbelievable. She keeps
her eyes on the ball, the contact point, that is what you want. It is
very interesting to see how it will play out. It will be very mental,
very emotional. If you can get the five shot long rallies, Muguruza has
a definite advantage. Venus likes to win the points within the first five
shots, first ball, really. If I were Muguruza I would want to get her to
five plus. We will talk more in a moment, but Tracy Austin has been
looking at how this final might be decided.
We have a 13-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion against a
one-time Wimbledon finalist, who is 23-year-old. Both playing extremely
well and both have only lost once said. -- we have a 37-year-old
five-time Wimbledon champion. You need to find your strength and
exploit your opponent's weakness. One of Williams' big strengths has
been her return positioning. 85% of the time she is on the baseline or
inside when she is returning serve, even more impressive it was 88%
against Jo Konta in the semifinals. What that does, the visual is still
intimidating, to have it returned to that close to the server. When Venus
makes contact here it rubs her opponents of time to react to the
second shot and pushes them on their heels. One of the biggest strengths
for Venus Williams is her serve. She has been using the body serve
extremely well during the Championships. In the semifinals
against Jo Konta, she served 62% of her serves down the T. Very
effective. Venus' least favourite serve is the one out wide on the
outside. She likes to slice the ball which comes around the right side, a
serve like that becomes too predictable and Muguruza can sit on
that T serve and get ready for the return.
One of the major strengths and Muguruza during the Championships is
her ability to hit the ball early. 36% of the time it is on or inside
the baseline when she is striking ground strokes, that is an
outstanding number. She has hit the ball so early, rubbing her --
robbing her opponent of time. Another acids and Muguruza is her
ability to redirect the ball the line. -- another asset for Muguruza.
With accuracy. Fabulous shot. We talk about Garbine's backhand being
a major strength. A slight weakness would be her forehand. Chewing the
tournament she has hit 27 winners on that side, but also 51 unforced
errors. That might be something about Venus wants to talk about. Oh,
my gosh! The players will have sat down with their coaches and support
teams and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. And now it comes
down to handling that nerves and execution. Good luck, ladies.
I think the cameraman has just recovered now from that. It's
interesting, the forehand errors from Muguruza can't afford that
today, it's going to be one or two points that's going to really swing
this match. You know Venus will do that. When you get older, Roger
Federer is even using it. He never use today before. But it's useful,
particularly on the grass, particularly against a tall player,
it's hard to get out of the way. Same thing goes for Muguruza. She
has to use the body serve against Venus. Nobody wants to move away
from the ball, especially with such long arms. It's a tricky
proposition. The key will be if Muguruza can hold the forehand
together. She missed some easy shots with that. On the big points she
cannot afford those mistakes. Just show the body serve of Venus.
Because this is second serve at 106mph. That was brave on break
point. I think her serve is better, it's improved in the last few
months. I've been in shock and her forehand. This is the best I've ever
seen her hit her forehand. The body serve, that's how high it's coming
up and the reaction time that Jo had. Why didn't Konta hit body
serves? You're playing against the top player, as soon as you know
that, you hit body serve. Venus has been using that successfully now.
She likes to slice her serves. She will go to the forehand more often.
It's more natural. The body serve is effective against tall players and
people that are standing inside the baseline. The only way to get them
off being so close is to go right at them. It makes them back up. Again
Konta never did that. I'm expecting that mewing pewing will do that
today. Both -- Muguruza will do that today. Their positioning, both of
them are inside the baseline. That's a huge difference. People don't
realise when someone is behind the baseline how much more time you
have. They're not going to give each other any time. They're going to
keep - it's all math any way. You're going to keep shortening the time
factor to get ready and prepared. You're going to feel rushed. You
feel like someone is in their face, like boxing, when they're pounding,
just keep pushing you back. You have to pay attention, positioning, you
know, where am I winning? Where am I not winning? Usually the better the
player, the better they hit down-the-line off crosscourt, change
the direction of the ball. I look for those things in players as well,
how well are they doing that on that given day. That's really important
as well. It's going to be a great advert tore women's tennis. Muguruza
the aggression in the semifinal, she didn't let her in at all. She was
aggressive from the get go and she didn't let up. She didn't give her
much to be scared of on that day. But so much inside the court, it was
ridiculous. She's been at the net more during the tournament per point
than Venus Williams. Venus has been coming to the net less and less with
each match. Thinking, I can win from the baseline. I wish Venus would
come in more. With that wing span. If they get into longer rallies
she's going to have to pay attention to that. Muguruza's chances go up in
long rallies. She will have to think, how can I shorten the rally?
When I go to four hits of the ball that's when I usually win the point.
The backhand down-the-line, that's Muguruza's go-to shot. Venus likes
to guess crosscourt. If that backhand down-the-line pays off
today, also another key to that match up. Venus won't be able to
cheat that much because she will be beaten to the line. I think Garbine
Muguruza is six foot and Venus is 6'1". They're pretty much the same.
One is thicker than the other, but you know, Venus has lost weight.
When we see them standing in, taking it inside the baseline, have you to
have the most incredible eye and timing to do that. It's not easy.
Kids seeing it at home, don't try it. It's not easy. It's a great idea
if you can manage to get the ball back. Yeah the timing and reaction
and the decision making and that's another reason why the body serve is
so effective. Have you to decide whether you're hitting a forehand or
backhand. When you hit off here, you go to the ball. When it's coming at
you, that split second can be crucial. People are ducking because
they make the wrong choice. Well, Muguruza is coached by Conchita
Martinez. She is the only Spanish woman to be a winner of the title
when she won in 1994 against oops - awkward -- Martina!
UMPIRE: Game, set and match. How much do you enjoy being back at
Wimbledon? Pretty much before Wimbledon, all of the press reminds
us, you know, you won over there. They want an interview, so yeah
those memories come back and to be here at Wimbledon, the first week,
when nobody's here, to see how beautiful the grass is, how
beautiful the flowers, everything is perfect. So it's very special. It's
very special to come back. Your charge, Garbine Muguruza, is doing
sow well. You must -- so well. You must be really proud? Yeah, yeah I'm
very proud of her. She's having a great attitude here. She's,
obviously, when you're playing great, it's easier to have the right
attitude. I think she's got a great game, suited for grass. I mean grass
is a difficult surface. I think she's very open about trying to be
OK on grass this year. She's doing a great job. From what you know and
your experience of Venus, are you surprised that she's still going how
she is? You know, yeah, I mean you look at her age, and to play and
move that well and to recover, because when you get older, recovery
is a big part. But she's very powerful. Every time she plays on
grass, she plays pretty much her best tennis. She's going to be a
very difficult opponent regardless of her age. You know better than
most, Conchita learned how to play on grass and how to win on grass.
It's not ease why I to make that adjustment. I think clay is a great
surface to learn tennis on. You have to learn how to construct points,
how to think, Plan A doesn't work, Plan B, maybe even Plan C. So then
you can adapt to grass easier than a grass court person can adapt to
clay. Because you just have more weapons, more tools. She's making
Garbine Muguruza come in more. I've watched her practising, she won't
let her behind the baseline. Chnchts is really funny. Conchita was a
baseliner. But she won against me at the net. Maybe the only time she was
there. She knows when the right time to come in. She's been a good
influence on Garbine. Before I felt like if things don't go her way she
panics. You see the nerves on her. I haven't seen that at all. I think
that's got to be Conchita's influence, giving her that
confidence. Because she's been there. You don't just say, you need
to do this. I know what it feels like. This is what it's going to be
and how you deal with it. It's nice to see that another woman coach made
such a difference for a player. Kudos to Conchita and Garbine that
she can do it. It's days like today that the super coach comes into
play. You still have to execute. You may know exactly what you're going
to do, but in that moment, but that's what athletes live for. Those
are the moments we live for. You just hope you have the guts and the
determination and the execution that day. Some days are good days. Some
days are bad days at the office. You don't know what's going to happen.
But the best ones come through percentage wise more often than the
others. That's the difference. Because everybody chokes. Champions
just choke fewer times. Everyone gets tight. I don't care, if anybody
says they never get tight, you know they're lying. Even Roger said he
was nervous the other day. Of course, because it's exciting. How
excited must he be and Venus and Garbine, it's a great for the night
of tennis so far. I just hope that these finals end up being terrific
finals. Sometimes they're not. It looks like this one - This could be
unbelievable, the way it's matching up with all the stats, for the for
the night. I'm looking forward to it. It could be really close. It's
not fair to ask you who is going to win. What will be the deciding
factor? I think the key is more for Muguruza to get off to a good start
than for Venus. Venus has been here. It's more likely that nerves will
come into play for Garbine. It's essential for her to win the first
set more than Venus. If she wins the first set, she has a chance. If
Venus wins the first set, she'll feel it and you can feel the
momentum and the confidence growing in her within the match. First set
is vital. They've proven in matches, it's like an 80% if you win first
sets. Even three out of five sets, it's important. I think, I agree,
also Venus can be a slow starter. I'm going to look for that as well.
Billie Jean king, Martina Navratilova, thank you so much for
joining me. It's been a pleasure. Really looking forward to the final.
The tournament, So many stories have come out
of this year's ladies singles. Here's Clare Balding
with the best of them. when they published the account of
Wimbledon 2017, the women's section will have the title "wide-open". In
the absence of the defending champion, anyone could draft their
name into the record books. Serena still sending subliminal message
that's she will be back. There were romantic and dramatic stories.
Two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova making her appearance after
a knife attack in her home. She made it to the second round and then her
chapter ended. Creating her own postnatal literature, Victoria
Azarenka returned to the tour with baby Leo in toe. She eraised home
grown Heather Watson in the third round, but went no further. Losing a
tennis match was put firmly into contest when Bethany Matic Sands had
a horrible fall. She faces major surgery on a raptured knee cap. The
support has been amazing. I will get through this. Top of the charts,
Angelique Kerber had the number one by her name. The top seed found the
power and pace of Garbine Muguruza too much in the Fourth Round. She
wasn't the only one. Muguruza is trying to rewrite Spanish history,
so it makes sense to have the original author on her side.
Drafting her way into her second Wimbledon final, Muguruza accounted
for the Cinderella story of Rybarikova. She was making her first
Grand Slam semifinal at the age of 28. Maggie made miracles happen. But
when the clock struck one hour, her time on Centre Court was over. The
women's game is used to the fairy-tale Princess, in Paris,
Jelena Ostapenko had landed from nowhere to win her first tour title
and first Grand Slam all in one go. She made a few waves here on the
grass. But she was sunk by the serenity of Serena's big sister. By
the Fourth Round, Venus was the only former champion left and in an
age-deifying era, she was trying to become the oldest winner in modern
times. Venus has read and probably written every book on the shelf. She
has five titles in the bag but is almost out of print. The last of
them was nine years ago. Could she turn back the pages? In the
self-help section, we come to the concentration, the composure, the
courage of Konta. A thriller with Donna Vekic ended in a hug of
empathy. I know what it's like to be on the other side, she said. Konta
got the better of another long read against second seed Simona Halep.
Despite a stray scream on match point. For British fans, there has
been plenty of thumbing through the history books. Thoughts have gone
back to Jo Durie, the last women to reach the quarter finals in 1984.
Then Virginia, the last British woman to make it to the semifinals
in 1978. Would it be shades of Wade again? Staying in the present is
Jo's greatest weapon. She doesn't think of yesterday or tomorrow, it's
today that matters. She can focus on the moment. She can play the ball,
not the occasion or the opponent. They say that 90% of tennis is
played between the ears. COMMENTATOR: Venus Williams back in
the Wimbledon final after so many years, for Konta it ends here.
Though Venus made sure she didn't get to the final, in the mind, Jo is
already the big winner at Wimbledon this year. And so we come to the
last two women standing. An American classic versus a Spanish novella.
A best seller is guaranteed. It is still drizzling at Wimbledon.
Sue has made her way to Centre Court. The roof is still on. Players
suspended around Wimbledon for the moment, including what is happening
on the final of the men's wheelchair doubles on Court three, where Alfie
Hewett and Gordon Reid are currently is set down.
Here on the hill it is a sea of brollies, where I have been joined,
near to the hill, by Annabel Croft and Sam Smith. Just reflecting on
what has happened in the ladies singles tournament this year,
leading up to this year's event seemed like all the chat was about
who was not going to be here. Obviously Serena, the big name. Has
her absence been positive or negative for the tournament? It has
been different, hasn't it? Everyone was so worried, but the strength and
depth in women's tennis, we are in a transformational period because so
many matches have gone three sets, the top players know they can just
waltz through. No mention of equal prize money, which has been great, a
great advert for the women's game. What have you found? Serena is such
a great icon of the sport but it is great to see her, we are not sure
how long either Williams sister will play for. The fact she was 90 gave
hope to other players in the draw. Looking at the French Open, who
would have predicted that a 20-year-old who had never won a tour
title would win her first Grand Slam title in Ostapenko. When she win
that -- won about, the others in the drawer where saying any of us can
win these championships, they feel they can beat the top names as well.
The big British story has been Jo Konta Opal is two weeks, has she
established herself as somebody who will get deep into the Wimbledon
ladies singles tournament every year? Can we look forward to that?
Have you seen her again? She has a great serve, first and second,
excellent athlete, pretty much the hardest hitter in women's tennis
apart from Ostapenko and mentally she is a top, top player. The match
she played against Venus in the semifinals, if I know anything about
Chow she will learn so much from it, I can't wait to see her in 12
months. She will improve on the few little things that Venus exposed.
The fans now believe we could possibly have a ladies champion. No
question, she was phenomenal during the Championships. She needed a
championships like this where she played some epic matches, three
sets, roller-coaster rides of emotion which brought her closer to
the public and Centre Court. What she might be working on with her
team is to add more variety, maybe more of the slice backhand. One
thing Venus did exceptionally well against which she needs add to her
game was use the body serve. She used it so cleverly are much return
of serve. Jo Konta has such a fantastic return of serve. We will
see more variety from Jo when she returns next year. 23-year-old
Garbine Muguruza against 37-year-old Venus Williams, who will come on top
and what will win it for them? I don't think the final should be all
about age, when Venus gets out there it is not about her physicality, we
are not questioning if she is fit or strong enough, she is certainly fast
enough and hitting better than ever. For me, she edges likely because it
is a grass court and her game is a bitter... Better fit. Annabel? I
think it is youth against experience. How Venus played against
Jo Konta is what she will do against Garbine Muguruza. In Jo's first
service game, Venus stood inside the baseline, struck the first return of
serve, charge the net. It was so intimidating and it was almost like
she had already won the battle psychologically. It is about first
strike tennis but I agree that the grass will slightly favour her, and
the course experience. And as you probably know,
we're celebrating 90 years of Wimbledon coverage
here on the BBC. So it's rather apt that in 1927
we also had an American against a Spaniard in the final
of the Wimbledon singles. Now we are going to take you over to
Wimbledon for a running commentary on the all English championship.
Here we are again in the Centre Court of Wimbledon. The right shots,
perfectly played. The men's singles championship. He is standing to
receive the service right inside baseline.
Things have changed a little bit since then, but in some ways the
history of the Championships has not changed. So much tradition at
Wimbledon. My day gets better and better, I am joined by Chris Evert
and Tracy Austin. Chris, you have to go to work on American TV, we only
happy for a few minutes. Talk about the Wimbledon final, the occasion
and what it means. The Gulf Festival, you are a nervous wreck.
It is the one tournament that every young player dreams about, playing
in a Wimbledon final. I did when I was younger. The players are feeling
the butterflies, they want to get out there, warm up, run around and
try to take care of the nerds. All the focus is on you, especially the
Centre Court. There is such a reference and respect when you walk
out there. The tennis fans here are so lovely and educated and they know
protocol, when to club, where not a club, there is never any booing,
Tracy, like we have heard in some other places, it is special.
This match looks really good on paper. Hardly anything between them.
They both have the same styles, in your face, they both play
aggressive, they both have won more points in the first zero to four
shots, which is interesting. They are not great in the long rallies,
they want to make a dent in the first four shots. Venus has played
unbelievable. I have never seen her play so well. Moving well, getting
big serves in. Muguruza is the surprise to me. We saw her fighting
with her coach, crying on the court, she has not had the results but she
has turned to run. She has always had the power and the weapons, most
of us saw that when she got to the final couple of years ago, we said
she would be number one soon. She won the French Open last year, she
has not been consistent enough. She has the power, but you need the
consistency. May be having Conchita Martinez coming has given her more
belief, somebody who has been here before, in her corner. Conchita has
a way, we know her, of making you feel really relaxed and I think they
are having fun. Muguruza does not need intensity from somebody else,
if anything she needs somebody to relax and calm her down, Conchita
has been great. Venus has been serving so well, back to her best?
She is. It is incredible that she is serving so big, at almost 37 years
old, and so accurate. She has used the body serve, we talked about that
prior to this match. So many players heads to the corners, Venus is used
to her serve so powerfully against Konta. Sometimes her second serve...
She is throwing the ball high and really reaching, but I think the
body serve win her the match against Konta. Don't be surprised if we see
it. Muguruza is a big lady and is strong but you might have trouble
getting out of the way of the ball, I think the body serve is a good
tactic. Serena is nuttier than Venus has taken on. What is the
significance in American sport for the Williams family and Venus? They
have dominated, carried the torch. Whenever we think a young player
will come up, like Ostapenko at the French Open or Muguruza two years
ago, Venus Williams surprises us. They are in their middle to late
30s. I think it will encourage athletes to prolong their career,
encourage and motivate them to play longer and longer. You don't have to
retire at 30, that was the age. Now they are playing well into their
30s, I think it is wonderful. People are taking better care of their
bodies now and able to afford to have a train and a physio, Lauren,
so every day you were getting the recovery process. -- able to afford
to have a trainer and a physio come along. With so much money Macron the
rights they want to extend their career. Roger does not need to play
for money, but he has really taken care of his body with managing his
schedule, this is only Venus' nines tournament this year, she has been
smarter about scheduling. With everything that she has gone
through, the autoimmune disorder... Her sister was murdered ten years
ago, her parents have split up. The adversity this young woman has gone
through. The real championship qualities are coming out. That is
perseverance. And compartmentalised thing. -- compartmentalised thing.
Out on the court has been her safe haven. The blood and even on June
nine she was an eight car accident, the man in the other car passed
away. She has been able to block that out. A lot has been going on.
And she has the aura of a champion, Venus. She looks like a champion.
Yes, she is very stately and graceful. She has been on the tour
for 23 years, when it is four on the third set she is like, I have been
there so many times and is comfortable with the pressure, it is
not new to her and it is new to other players, the experience gives
her the advantage. Is it unfair to Ascari you see this going? Very, you
are always unfair to me. If they both have their eight games I would
give it to Venus. The way that Venus played against Konta was very
impressive, and Ostapenko -- if they both have their A games. This is a
copout, but if Venus is a little off with her serve with nerves or
whatever, Muguruza is very capable of winning Wimbledon. How much value
do you put on Venus' experience? The girl she has the edge in experience,
but Muguruza is fearless. If she plays fearless, bold, no pressure
tennis like Ostapenko at the French Open, there is experience and there
is the fearless factor also. And she has won a slam. Chris Evert, you are
needed for American television, but thank you for joining us.
Let's hear from Garbine Muguruza, she was a finalist here in 2015 and
she has been speaking to Clare Serena Williams, match point. She
has done it. Serena Williams, Wimbledon champion for the sixth
time. I love to play in big courts, a
Grand Slam finals for me is a dream come true. Garbine, she played so
well. Don't be sad, you will be holding this trophy very, very soon,
believe me. What are the moments that you
remember from the final against Serena? Everything went very
quickly. I didn't realise it. I was in the trophy ceremony.
For me, it is incredible to be in another final. It means a lot at a
Grand Slam. I lost one or two years ago, I look forward to try to change
that. I will take my time and really breathe out there and just enjoy,
because it is very fast. A fabulous shot. Muguruza has won it. Garbine
Muguruza is into her second Wimbledon semifinal.
Would you give your semifinal ten out of ten? I always think I can
perform better. You never know how it will go at semifinal. I am not
thinking about the result, I am thinking keep playing like this
until you shake the hand and the match is over, you never know if the
other one can come back and put you in trouble.
She is through to the final again. What is it like to be in a Wimbledon
final again for you right now? About all the great champions have won
this tournament, I stare at the wall where the previous winners are, I
would like to see my name there. You reach the last round to you feel
like what you are doing is right, it is like a big payoff and you feel
good with yourself. Venus and the sort of game she has
an the presence she has on court, is that something that you can just
handle? I played against her a lot of times. Both of us, it feels like
a very important match because it's a final. We all know Venus. She's an
historic player. But it's 50/50 the chances. I'm not thinking to change
a lot of things. My game is my game. I think it's works well. So, yeah,
that's my plan. Do you feel, because it seems that the crowd here are
very much taking you to their hearts? I don't know, for me, this
tournament will be always special since I kind of breakthrough in the
final a few years ago. I feel a lot of support, even though I was
playing Serena, one of the best players. Hopefully they can cheer
for me. We're hearing from Garbine, we
wondered two years ago how she would deal with her first Grand Slam
final. We found out a lot about her that day. She wasn't demolished bier
is evenament She wasn't -- Serena. She wasn't overwhelmed. Serena
flipped a switch and clicked it up another notch. You know, it is
nervewracking. Everyone remembers their first Grand Slam final and
playing someone that is so good and has such a record as Serena. She
certainly took her game toer is evenament This was amazing -- to
Serena. This is amazing because Garbine had barely won matches on
grass. She won against four top-20 players to get to the final. That's
when she realised I can play on this surface. My game matches up really
well to this surface. That's when right there, everybody was saying
wow, this is going to be a world number one in the future. She has
such big weapons. She's tall, 6 foot tall. She can finish points off at
the net. Seems to be a hard worker. She moves so well for someone so
large as well. Also, what she proved there, what a great backhand she has
and how many points she's going to win on this and what a great shot
it's going to be in years to come. Yes, her backhand is absolutely
incredible. This was the semifinals. Throughout the tournament, 36% of
the shots she's hitting inside the baseline. That's more than a third
of her shots, being that aggressive. It just really takes your opponent
out of the points, because they don't have as much time. She's more
than willing to come to the net, more than 100 times. She really
steps in and gives that backhand a wallop. She has a great backhand
crosscourt that sets up the Bertie Aherned down-the-line. It's -- the
backhand down-the-line. It's tough to defend against. It's tough to do,
to have the timing to do that. When her game is on, she can beat anyone.
But there is a tendency, sometimes it can go off, as we've seen before.
It can be erratic. That's been the problem. Believe it or not, Garbine
Muguruza, 23 years old, has only won three titles in her entire career.
One of those was a Major. She seems to be either off or on. Certainly at
this Wimbledon, she's been on, but we've seen in the past, that's been
the trouble. Since the French Open last year that she won, she hasn't
been to another final, at any event, not a major, small event, until this
Wimbledon, when everything is starting to click, because she has
the power, but without the consistency the power is useless.
You make too many unforced errors. Maybe she just believes more now. I
think it was the pressure and expectation, a bit like Jo Konta,
being the next Spanish superstar as such. She dipped after the final at
Wimbledon. She dipped after winning the final at the French. That's not
easy to deal with. Absolutely. That's a really good point. After
she lost in the French Open in the Fourth Round, she was very tearful.
Seemed like she was almost liberated because the pressure was off,
defending the French Open coming up and the expectations. So people
weren't talking about her quite as much. A little more under the radar
coming into this Wimbledon. Of course, Conchita Martinez, someone
new in her camp, who has won here before in 1994, knows how to play on
grass is more mellow than her normal coach. It seems like everything is a
perfect storm and has come together beautifully. It seemed to come
together in the Fourth Round against Angelique Kerber, because this felt
like a make or break match, for both of them, whoever was going to come
through. Yes, Angelique Kerber was going to lose her number one ranking
if she lost this match. This was so hotly contested. It went to a tight
three setter. It was back-and-forth, back-and-forth. The quality of the
tennis, it took my breath away. It was. The way that Muguruza was a bit
more aggressive. She had more fire power. She was able to finish points
off at the net. Funny enough, Kerber said after she was still happy,
after this loss because that's the best tennis she had played in a
while. She's had a difficult year. She subpar year by number one
standards. I think as you say, this was the match, the tipping point for
Muguruza, because since then, she's played so much better. She's so much
more confident out on court. Interesting, just watching that, I
was seeing how far Kerber was running from side to side. I just
wonder whether Venus might just maybe concentrate a bit - she won't
want to run too wide. No, Venus does not want long points. That's the
key. As soon as she walks into the All England Club, she instinctively
becomes more aggressive. Her game is tailor made to this surface, with
the flat serve. But she can slice around it, which she predominantly
does. The slice holds true through the grass and stays down low. Venus
likes to take that first strike, the first hit and go for it. That's
actually what Konta said afterwards in her press conference. My gosh,
that first ball was coming at me so hard and so deep, so I felt like I
needed to neutralise all the time. That's the kind of mind set that
Venus needs to continue to have today. We know how they need to
play. They both need to be ultra-aggressive. They need to serve
well. Surprisingly, both are winning more than 50% of their second
serves. Venus' second serve can be particularly attackable. She needs
to keep that number up. It's all about execution. There's no secrets
out here today. It's maybe picking on Muguruza's forehand, Venus'
forehand can be more Brittle as well. It's all about handling the
situation and this court right here is where Venus has had her most
success in her career. BBC celebrating 90 years of covering of
championships, one of the best innovations has been this room. It
is raining outside. But the good news is that the roof is closed. The
referee's office are planning to keep the roof closed. It means that
we will start on time at 2pm. Less than ten minutes. There's already a
buzz around here. There is a buzz. This is a big match. Sometimes you
come into a final and you think, oh, someone is the clear favourite.
There's a real underdog here. I'd say it's 50/50. Because of the
experience of Venus, you've got to remember she's 37. If this goes deep
into a third, will she get a little more fatigued than Muguruza?
Muguruza, yes, she won that major last year and she's been to the
finals at Wimbledon, that will help an awful lot. But is it enough? Does
Venus have that extra level to go to, particularly here on this
surface? Indeed. Let's hear from her, Venus is looking for her sixth
Wimbledon title. Here she is in her own words. Yeah, I've played a lot
of finals here. I couldn't have asked for more. I love the big stage
and it's about dealing with it. I think you grow and you learn. I
think you become more aware of what's going on around you. So it's
different. But it's still a passion. It still drives me.
COMMENTATOR: Williams first time ever here at Wimbledon.
I'm sure I said that to make myself feel better. I was probably really
upset about losing. But thankfully those words rang true. Maybe there
was some wisdom in my 16-year-old body. Here we are, 20 years later
and still a good time. The names and the faces have changed, but the
whole tournament is definitely very much the same. I think there's a lot
of awesome things about that. COMMENTATOR: Venus Williams back in
the Wimbledon final after so many years. I don't really think about my
age. I know I have a lot to give still.
COMMENTATOR: Williams in full flight. I don't feel any particular
age. So, you know, it's not a factor.
COMMENTATOR: On the court she seems unstoppable. At this point in time,
I definitely am focussed on what I can achieved. I'm definitely a glass
half full kind of person. COMMENTATOR: That's great racquet
work from Williams. There's only a handful of players each year who can
push through and deal with all the pressure of playing your best
against the best players. COMMENTATOR: She's through to the
final again. The last time she played Serena. I will have to ask
for pointers. Serena is always in my corner. Usually she's in these
finals. I'm trying my best to represent Williams as best as I can.
I have to sleep at night and look at myself in the mirror, and I couldn't
do that if I just left. There will come a day when I can and then I'll
leave, but it's not yet. I have another opportunity and I have to do
my best with it. Other people fall in love with other parts of their
life, but I'm still in love with this part of my life. I don't want
that part to end, so, it's not over till it's over. We have just been
joined by John McEnroe. Jonny Mac is here! What timing. Did you dodge the
rain? Not totally. But I forgot how much louder it is when the roof is
closed. So it's exciting. There's going to be a lot of energy for
this. I mean there would have been a lot any way, but it feels like -
There's an echo. It's very cool. It will be the first ladies final ever
under the roof. It's difficult to see who it might favour. I don't
think it's going to favour either. I think that we could pick any
scenario, whether it was outdoors, indoors, hot, not that hot, windy
and you could make arguments for both players. That's why this final
is so particularly interesting. The upside is so tremendous for either
one of them. You have two Americans here, Sue so... We're thinking that
the biggest boost or shot in the arm for the sport, unquestionably
Garbine is only 23, I believe, and Venus is going to be 38 soon. I
think it would be a heck of a story if she won. Heck of a story for all
of sport. Absolutely. 37, just to be interested, John, motivated for 20
years. More than that. I was interested, I just couldn't walk,
that's all! I'd still be interested. She is incredible, Venus. As you
say, she's got it all. She doesn't need to be out here. Just her love
and passion for the game shines through. Absolutely. It is the
passion. It's something that she loves. You know, when you look at
it, she's probably never going to be as good as anything else in her
life, this good at something. She can still play at this level. She's
going to be back in the top five in the world. That's just amazing. If
Venus does win today, she'll be the oldest Grand Slam champion in the
open era on the women's side. It's a phenomenal sports story, after all
she's been through and then throw the Serena story in there, winning
the Australian Open, when she was pregnant, beating Venus in the
finals, you could make a movie about that. I think they will make one.
What we used to criticise her for, some did, you know, she was thinking
too much about other things. Whether it was the clothing line or her
interests in other endeavours. Now all of a sudden, it's turned out
that's a blessing and a shot in the arm for her. It took her mind off it
for a while. I think that as she got away from it a little bit, she
realised how much she did love it. And I think the biggest reason, if
you had a point to one, is Venus is in the finals today and Roger
tomorrow is how much they absolutely love to play this game. They're able
to shrug off the losses and move forward and learn from them. That is
exceptionally hard to do. I can tell you from experience, as you get
older. I stopped learning from my losses at about 26. I'm not kidding.
I wish I could have learned something. Sadly, it didn't happen.
I tell you, it's a real buzz. You heard that great applause for the
ball boys and girls and the umpires and linesmen. The stage is set. This
is a stage that has graced so many great champions over the years.
I grew up dreaming about Wimbledon all my life. Wimbledon is the Golden
Globe you are aiming for. Immediately fell in love with it. I
thought, this is just heaven. The whole tournament is very much the
same as a lot of awesome things about that. This tournament will be
always special. I feel a lot of support. I love the big stage. You
walk out on Centre Court, there's such a hush, before everybody
It's quite a fairy-tale. COMMENTATOR: In a class of her own.
I'm still in love with this part of my life. I don't want that part to
end. Hopefully I can win the Wimbledon trophy.
Who will be lifting that beautiful trophy at the end of the afternoon?
I think the players here, I was talking to Andy Murray, he said that
walk is not easy. You just want to get out there. You doubt yourself
when you're walking, you want to get out there and get on with it. Yeah
and apparently it's a longer walk now. So there's more time to think
about it. This is the moment, any Grand Slam, but I think Wimbledon in
particular, most people as kids dream about playing a Wimbledon
final. They hit against the back board thinking they are playing in
the Wimbledon final. It's this moment here, you're trying not to
get overwhelmed by the situation. You're trying to stay clear with
your strategy. Of course, Venus has done this so often. I like the
longer walk. We had that at the US Open. You felt a little bit like
gladiators walking into the Colosseum. That was different
though, you walk through the fans. I love that. Me too. This is great
too. You get a little more chance to strut your stuff. We are ready for
this ladies final. Here they come. Seeing Billie Jean King, Martina
Navratilova up there, looking down on the final. They know what it is
like. Garbine before said when she is going on Centre Court I don't
want to look at the trophies or the roll of honour, I want to treat it
as just another match. Easier said than done. It is obviously personal
preference but, to me, I would not treat it like any other match. How
often too many players get out there? Zero. I would say VH1. It
will be tight and it will be tough. But it is an absolutely awesome
feeling, I would want to enjoy it and Maku was watching. She has had
nerves before? Good god yes, that is probably why she wants to stay so
focused. She only looks at her support box, otherwise down at the
court, down at her strings. John, you did a really good job of getting
the crowd involved. Not voluntarily, half of the time! But when you think
of somebody like Konta, it becomes too Murch and you get out of your
zone. Venus is making her way to join Garbine and the tournament
referee. Each year for the finals the charitable arm, the Wimbledon
Foundation, chooses a charity to perform the pre-match coin toss. It
is the turn of BBC Children in Need, which supports disadvantaged
children of Dune people across the UK. Representing BBC Children in
Need is 12-year-old Rebecca Jones who lost her father in 2016,
together with her sister Katie they have been supported by services are
run by The Brain Tumour Charity and Princess Alice Hospice, supported by
Children in Need. I spoke to Rebecca earlier, she was so excited. I asked
if she had practised her coin toss and she said yes. We will see, a
huge moment for Rebecca. Look out all these players are. I was just
thinking the same. I think Venus is slightly taller than Roger Federer.
She is six foot one, and her hair makes her book about six foot three.
Garbine is around six foot or close to, this is the equivalent of the
giants we saw yesterday in the men's game. They are getting taller and
can move quick, that is the tough part. Spot-on, John. In my mind,
Venus was the first player this to all who was our jail. We had players
in our generation that were tall, they had that change, but they were
not able to change direction on a dime like Venus -- the first player
this tall who was agile. We have been talking about how they take the
ball so early, there will be incredibly fast rallies today. No
question. I have been impressed with Muguruza that she has adapted her
game enough. I am not sure if that is Conchita Martinez. I know Sam has
done a good job but is not here for personal reasons. She has not come
out guns blazing on everything she does. She has attacked way more than
I have seen her and become pretty good at volleying. Clearly both of
these ladies will take the short ball went given the opportunity.
That is why you think the first serve percentage will be so
important, but I think she has become a more consistent player and
more confident and better because she has added more variety. Garbine
Muguruza, we will see some of her career statistics, her forehand has
been up and down, 51 unforced errors so far. Maybe Venus will target bad?
I think so, I think you target that site because it is not as solid. She
will make more errors on that side, and also because the backhanded such
a weapon. You want anything you might be able to break down when
your opponent shows nerves. The backhanded Muguruza is so
technically sound. -- the backhand of Muguruza. When she gets the ball
down the middle of the court, she is a rare player who will run around a
forehand to strike a backhand. That is how much she prefers it. Isn't
Venus the same type of player. Muguruza's backhand down the line is
critical. But it could also be with Venus. They are both more consistent
on their backhand and go bigger on the forehand. That is the style of
tennis you see in general in the women's and men's side these days.
One of the reasons I think Venus is back-up in the top ten, 11 now but
back in the top ten as of last year, is that her forehand is more solid.
For a few years, her contact point where she strikes the ball was not
as accurate as before. Only dropping one said, she has really cruised
through. Yes. Unexpectedly easy. The match with cellar Angelique Kerber
was huge for her for obvious reasons, mainly because kerb is
trying to get the respect that she still deserves to be number one, she
got out of jail in the previous round. Shelby Rogers had had beaten.
So you think, Kerber, she was down much point in Australia, won the
Open and won the finals here. So that was a point for Muguruza to
establish itself as among the top couple of women in the world. The
players Venus has beaten along the way, they are mostly heavy hitters,
the same style of play she will face against Muguruza. Muguruza, she beat
Rybarikova in the semifinals. I think Venus has a slight advantage
in that area. Osaka hits the heck out of the ball, Ostapenko, who won
the French Open. And Hunter hit so hard. There are two young ladies
here who were not even born yet when Venus played her first Wimbledon, an
incredible story. Looking at the statistics, the Williams family,
Venus and Serena, this would be the 13th title they have won in 18 years
on this court. An incredible achievement. Amazing. I cannot
believe a sister combination from where they started from have
dominated the sport, particularly Serena. Venus is the best thing that
ever happened to Serena, as I have said. The support system she has
had. It is apropos that when she is nuttier than a Venus, I believe she
will win this. -- it is apropos that when she is not here. I believe
Venus will win this for the six time. They are both playing so well,
it feels like a great advert for women's tennis. I will go with Venus
for experience, she looks ready. I would say 51/49 for Venus. It is so
tough to pick. Muguruza will not be overawed, she played well in her
first final and won the French Open. She is better than she was, no
question. That is why it is a tough call, but I think experience will be
to youth in this match. There are other teams, they are in place, I'd
better let you guys go in place. Tracy and John are on their way to
the commentary box to join Andrew Cotter for the ladies final. ANDREW
COTTER: the roof will remain closed. Sometimes that helps the atmosphere.
I know the purists will say it is an outdoor tournament and they do
everything they can to have it open, but the echoing sounds of the ladies
final and a Centre Court today. -- under the roof of Centre Court.
Muguruza will be helped by her match a couple of years ago against Serena
Williams. All of those watching in Centre Court, the greats of tennis
and beyond. Venus Williams maintains this outwardly placid air, but she
will be churning inside because it has been a long time since she has
been in this position at Wimbledon. Her last finals in 2009, her last
victory in 2008. Again, just letting Muguruza await
for a final few nervous moments. She has her thigh heavily strapped.
Centre Court welcomes Venus Williams out again.
Chris and John McEnroe are inside. We are ready. The ladies singles
final. Chris, you were saying that is
Muguruza has one slight weakness it is a few loose forehands in this
championship? But, again, she is not afraid of
power. JOHN MCENROE: She has two mis-hit returns and won both the
points. A bit unfortunate, though. That was definitely work a
challenge. It may have caught the backside, looked along. -- that was
definitely worth a challenge. That was even longer than I thought it
was. Again with that forehand, Muguruza.
103 seconds serve by Venus. Brutal backhand to close it out.
Started with an ace. A hold to start.
When the roof is closed it sounds even more fearsome. The sound of the
ball coming off the racket of both players. It makes it easier for them
both to serve well, no elements to content with, the sun and the wind.
And the lighting is done anyway that it is not an issue, which is nice
for the players. -- turn in our way. They have to be loving this. The
roof is transparent. The light comes through.
Williams started with an ace. Muguruza with a double fault. She's
only served four double faults in six matches.
She's settled after that double fault. Starting to loosen up. That's
been her go-to serve, down the T on both sides.
That's what she's done better in this event than ever seen her
before, her willingness to move forward.
That's a good service game. Great service game after that early
jitter. Interesting that we saw the body
serve right there from Muguruza. Venus Williams has been using that
so successfully throughout the Championships.
As close as these two like to stand on the return, that will be an
important serve to utilise. Three times now. Not out by a small
margin. What a return from Muguruza. It's
taking some pace off that first serve, though. Only 95mph.
Oh, that's good from Venus Williams. We will see a lot of that in this
final. You think, whoever is more consistent on the forehand side is
going to have a decided edge. Her coach and hitting partner
alongside. Not by much this time. Just checking
if she is sure and doesn't challenge. So Venus Williams holds.
Again if you're looking at it from Garbine Muguruza's point of view,
this has been a pretty positive start. It's been a pretty positive
start. Her forehand is off. That's a little worrisome. She came out, I
can only imagine, how could she not be tight. I think Conchita Martinez
has settled her down this tournament, got her thinking - I can
do more than just go after balls and try to hit winners. That's been
quite successful. That change in the coaching situation, at least accept
prayer, has helped. -- temporarily has helped. She believes and trusts
her in what she's got to say. It's going to be interesting when they
settle and get their A game going what happens. Conchita beat Martina
Navratilova in 1984. Martinez seems to have a bit of a difference. Sam
is pretty untense and Conchita is more relaxed. Conchita and Sam are
in contact constantly, discussing game plans.
Both these women have first serve percentages in the high 60s for most
of the Championship. Because of that Muguruza has only
been broken four times. And Venus only six.
Adding them up. When does that officially get in your head. They
might be starting to seep in. You can guarantee Venus will have
noticed. Wins that point, but even the
forehand in there was a little bit too close for comfort.
Mistake this time from Venus Williams. So it's a reasonably
comfortable hold from Muguruza. Just those errors on the forehand to
concern her. I thought it might be a closely
contested final, nothing to suggest otherwise so far.
Her forehand is working OK. It's really important that Venus has a
little bit of spin on that forehand and she can feel like free to swing
through it. Venus is drchl got at least 10% more
on her serve and as close as Muguruza is standing, if she
continues to stand there, I believe she's going to get a lot of free
points. She realises the payoff, even if she
has some double faults, the payoff for going for more on the second
serve is important. We've talked about it before, does
not want too many points to last too long. Conservation of energy for
Venus Williams. One more time the forehand strays
long from Garbine Muguruza. A hold for Williams. I'm pretty sure that's
what Muguruza will be thinking about it, this sit down. So what can you
do? When you're losing one particular shot, how do you change
it? What do you do? She's naturally so aggressive. She likes to attack
the ball. You could take a slight step or so backwards. You could use
more spin. I think the spin is crucial. Just adding a little bit
more topspin, so you have to work the hand a bit. She's still going to
have to be aggressive in order to win this match. I bet she thinks
right now it's more nerves than technique. She's just going to try
to hit her way out of this. I think Conchita Martinez has talked to her
frequently about the need to mix up your shots. And not just be out
there going as big as possible. That's the reason, one of the big
reasons she's in the final again. She should be able to make the
adjustment. The difficult part is the ball's coming at her so fast.
You don't have a lot of time to think about these adjustments when
you play Venus Williams, particularly on this court.
Apart from the three setter against Kerber, such a straightforward
passage to this point. Facing power she hasn't before in this
Championship. The body serve this time from the
Spaniard. We always talk about Venus' wing span. That's the perfect
serve, especially if she's standing in close. That is a good job by
Garbine there. That's something we haven't seen
much this championships. Missing a backhand down-the-line,
that's really her big weapon. All you can do is give yourself a
little more margin, safer shot. Obviously crosscourt is easier to
execute over the lower part of the net.
Average first serve speed for these two, Venus is up a little. Garbine
down a little. That, to me, is nerves. She hasn't quite settled
down here yet. Oh, what a shot! What a shot from
Venus Williams. Muguruza did so much right. Started with the body serve
again. But Williams what a response. This is incredible movement from the
37-year-old on the full stretch. She backed up a little here to give
herself more time. Got it on the outside of the ball. The first break
points. Missed opportunity there for
Williams. Good defence by Muguruza. Venus knows she should have done a
lot better. A little puff of white, and the
perfect serve. What a hole that is for Garbine
Muguruza. -- what a hold that is. First signs of danger and she was
equal to it. It is wanting to be a big server, it is very important to
be a correct server. -- it is one thing to be a big server. They have
both been doing a good job of it this Championships, big serves when
they need it most. I bet she is still thinking a bit
about that forehand she missed to get the break.
She said, why didn't I do that break point?! Hanging on for as long as
she could. Penetrating blows. That is a nice point. The point of
the match so far. Other Oracene can smile at the efforts from her
daughter. -- mother Oracene. You don't see many points like this
these days. Great reaction from both. Good versatility.
There it is, down the line from the Garissa. Pressure coming in the
serve of Williams. -- down the line from Muguruza. She left the court
wide open. Double fault number two for
Williams. They are tied in that statistic. It came down a little too
quickly. Down to the left. The first successful catch of the
day in the crowd. UMPIRE: Correction, ball is good.
You can understand the frustration for Muguruza, with Williams on the
back foot. They will replay the point. And the return rate in the
brown patch. It gave a very awkward bounce.
Paire let, first service. The crowd gasped. Just a clip away from in and
return to serve. -- from an unreturned serve. Just lost a little
bit of her first serve percentage in this game.
And as giving Muguruza and opening. -- and is giving Muguruza and
opening. A chance for Muguruza. Didn't click at the 106 mph second
serve pace, but it was steep. -- deep.
The first serve returns for Williams.
What a mixture in this came from Venus Williams -- in this game from
Venus Williams. She gets out of rhythm.
It tells you something about somebody who serves three doubles
and might pull out the game in a fault. She has to commits to her
serve. Eventually for Venus Williams, both
of these players have had one and have failed convert them. So little
between these two. That is what is so interesting,
there is so little between them, it is so tough to predict what will
happen. We'll experience or youth prevail? Who will be overwhelmed?
Neither, it would seem. They both seem extremely focused, settling in.
There is a buzz in the crowd because they realise it will be a very close
match. We talk about the experience of Venus Williams standing her in
good stead, the final samba titles, but they were long time ago. This
will not feel like her first, but it will not feel a long run of finals.
She has been a long time away. 2008 was the last title she won here, the
last major that she won. In 2011 she told us she had Sjogren's syndrome.
Her serve is so fluid. I was always taught if your head comes down the
ball is going into the net, see you make the quick adjustment. Should
she keep even playing after some of the results? Now look. She dropped
out of the top 40. Muguruza with the new balls.
It is effective. Talk about having to get her to draw those large wins
in. She does not hit it as big or as hard as Venus, so the body server is
key for her. Beating Williams down with those
backhands, Muguruza. She has done that so well this Championships.
Coming to the net more than 120 times, she is just a threat. Always
looking to move forward, hit the ball early and on the rise.
That 40 has been getting away from Venus as well.
Another impressive game from the Spaniard.
They have been impressive at times, resilient at others. Inconsistent
and certain moments. -- in certain moments. But you can see all the
elements of a long final year. -- a long final, here.
Just caught the line of the second serve. Catches the line just a
little, slows down. Muguruza and this timing it. -- miss timing it.
It makes life difficult for these two out here. Made to look a little
bit foolish, but look at it dying on the line. She dealt with two
completely opposite things when it hit the line. Muguruza asking the
question of Hawk-Eye. While, she lost that game. So much
pressure on the serve of Garbine Muguruza.
Always chasing it likely in this set, with Williams serving first. I
think this is still the only show in town around the old England could --
All-England Club, under the roof here. I can see an edge van
uncovered court down here. They are a little bit soggy. Spirits are
still high. A strange and happy breed.
We're watching an intriguing final here as well. So difficult - well,
it has been throughout the Championship to pick a winner from
any of the players. Once Serena Williams was elsewhere, it was who
was going to win this Championship. In this final we are still none the
wiser really. Absolutely. As soon as Serena was not in the draw, on
maternity leave, really there's a long list of players that can win
the title. Always surprised - Ten or 15 at the beginning of the
tournament. Venus is still not the favourite. Never has been a
favourite at any point. She stands there now with Muguruza
serving to stay in this first set. Again, come the big moments and big
games, the noise increases and the power lifts. Decibel level went up
quite a bit that point. Great hitting from both.
Well long and she's just trying to impose her will, her presence here.
Williams knows the pressure that Muguruza is under.
Forehand error again from the Spaniard. Williams two points away.
And the mistake again. But it's the first serve of Muguruza which is
disappearing here and gives Williams two set points.
What a rally! She couldn't quite do it at the end. Muguruza holds firm.
Still one more to go. Venus was targeting that forehand. As she
should. Muguruza impressively held steady.
Centre Court comes to life. One more set point.
What a time to find that first serve again from Muguruza. There's a sigh
of relief. Forehand works so well in that rally
for Muguruza. That is how to stand up to set
points. Garbine Muguruza playing so well. They know how important that
was. That was absolutely huge, showing a lot of character. Digging
deep to pull out of that game. Easily could have been the first set
for Venus. That first set point, when Venus was really just trying to
break down the Muguruza forehand. Longest rally of the match. She gets
herself back on serve. Not afraid of a double fault or two,
it's part of her game. It puts the pressure on
I think she is going to challenge. Yes.
UMPIRE: The ball was called out. A big moment. That's worth
challenging. Oh, my goodness. That's not even close.
UMPIRE: Replay the point. Linesmen today are tighter than the players.
Fell on her heels there and lost her balance. When you get nervous, your
feet sometimes get tangled up. That's what happened there.
Both players struggling on that forehand side. So suddenly from
having two set points in the previous game, Williams facing break
point. Wow, this is a nervy game for both
players. They both have that same weakness at the moment as well, the
fragility in that forehand. There will be another chance for
Garbine Muguruza. Oh, no. First blood to Garbine
Muguruza. Williams suddenly looks just a little bit weaker. Muguruza
still has to serve it out. But what a position she is in now in this
final. Both players have battled extremely hard. So, it is a tough
one to predict. I was surprised in that set point, the first set point
Venus had in that extended rally, you could hear the grunting level
and suddenly Venus stopped completely. First three, four shots,
she was super into it. Complete silence. I thought that was strange
and weird that she would do that. I don't know. Totally wrong,
contributed to her losing that. Then she's lost her way. The forehand has
really gone off for her. Conchita Martinez her temporary coach
stepping in, might be a more permanent thing. Sam better watch,
if she wins this, Muguruza. There's a job to be done in this
first set. Muguruza steps out in this final to serve for the first
set. Wow, that is tremendous pass from
Venus and the movement to get up to that quickly.
And time it so well. Indecisive on this one. It was very tough. It was
tough. Right at Muguruza's feet. Well the crowd gasped. They thought
Muguruza had gone long, but gets away with it.
Venus had her forehand under control for the first part of the set. Now
it's, hers has gone off. Went for it in that final forehand,
Williams. But it is Muguruza getting closer.
Very physical rallies. The movement, the explosive first step.
How did she get that ball? That could be the shot of the set. Venus
Williams bowed her head as she watched this one land right in the
corner. Two set points for Garbine Muguruza.
Still fighting. Venus had two set points earlier, and Muguruza now has
one left. No! And Muguruza has the first set
in this final! The effort put in by both players, extraordinary. And how
this sport can swing. Two set points for Williams, two for Muguruza, and
she finally took it. The margins are just so small in a set like that. It
was Muguruza who just to cross the finish line once, and converted. All
credits to her for hanging in there in that set. And we talk about the
physicality of this as well, and yes, Venus Williams had 13-set match
earlier in the tournament, but this is a different level of physicality.
Can she now come back, 37, all the owners problems she has had? Well, I
certainly hope so. Because what we have seen so far has been quite
exciting, it is the type of thing you hope for in a final like this,
and I believe she can step it up. She has been here a lot more often
than Muguruza has. I think she will be able to take a couple of minutes
here to re-evaluate what happened in the last couple of minutes, where
let's face it, she should have won that set. It was there for the
taking. And sometimes, whoever you are, I don't care how many times
you've been there, when something's slipped away from you, emotionally,
you get a little flat for a couple of minutes, and it can cost you.
Muguruza, she really believes in herself, she's extremely confident,
she's a butler, that's a big reason why she was able to pull that set
out. She's been here before, in a final, a couple of years ago against
Serena Williams. She's won the French Open, and she's taken a step
here towards this title. TRACY AUSTIN: I'm so impressed with
the way that Muguruza was able to stay so positive and find her
forehand again, because that's what she's been struggling with since
winning the French. That's what has stood out during these Championships
- much more reliable groundstrokes. ANDREW COTTER: No sign of any lack
of power at the start of this second set!
I'm sure a very interested observer, somewhere, is Serena Williams.
JOHN MCENROE: Supposedly can't bear to watch it live, has to watch it on
tape. Might not end up watching the tape if it continues to go the way
of the Spaniard. Just cannot afford to miss neutral
balls like that. Oh! So, right at the start of this
second set, Venus Williams in all sorts of trouble.
Blistering backhand saves Venus Williams on that occasion. Some
heavy hitting from both players here at the moment. Venus would be better
served to slow herself down here. Too many mistakes from Venus
Williams at the moment. Muguruza, controlling court position here,
somewhat surprisingly. As hard as Williams is hitting it.
Challenge from Garbine Muguruza. I thought it was in. Again, a big
decision for our virtual friends. She shook her head emphatically.
So, broken, and Garbine Muguruza is firmly in control of this final now.
Smiles all round from her support crew just the crowd were stunned
there, they couldn't quite work out what had happened. That's why they
have a challenge system. Gives them an opportunity to take a second
look. And Muguruza can't believe how good fortune, when it was 4-5,
15-40. And this is a woman who has been broken only four times in the
Championships. Wow! The wheels starting to come off
for Venus Williams. Against Jo Konta, in the semifinal,
she was making those. Getting inside the baseline, it's so intimidating.
Mentally, she's just lost it here. Can she pull it together? Of course,
but she'd better do it soon. There's something for Williams. She
does cut a rather tired looking figure.
Oh, brilliant. And as we know in tennis, sometimes it can only take a
couple of shots, and you're right back in it.
It's the moment here for Williams to stop the momentum.
Having worked so hard to get herself back into that game, Williams with
the mistake again, and Muguruza holds. That's why it's so important
to get the lead of 40-0. You're able to drop a couple of points and still
keep the pressure on. That's lovely from Venus Williams.
Dog that out, that was a very difficult volley. Great feel. Lost
some sting on her serve. Something's going on here. I don't know if it's
physical, or she's lost a little bit of spirit. Muguruza with some far
more comfortable speeds to deal with.
The winners, the energy, coming from Muguruza now. At the moment, I don't
see a whole lot emanating from the American's side.
Got to think this is a must hold here for Williams. Can't go down a
double break. She has to keep her foot in the door in this set.
This match slipping away from Venus Williams. Garbine Muguruza is
playing wonderful tennis. Break point.
And Muguruza has it. She has the double break. Surely has one hand on
this trophy. Spain, you fancy, may have another winner of this title.
Venus Williams is fading fast. A couple of things have happened.
Venus, frankly, has gotten a little bit tired, a little bit fatigued. I
think Muguruza got used to the pace. At the beginning of this match, she
hadn't played anybody leading into the finals that had played and hit
with this much power. Now she's striking the ball much more cleanly.
And she sensed, to me, that Venus Williams got a little desperate
there. She came in on three, four balls that game. Where, OK, you want
to be aggressive and attack the net. She didn't get herself in position
to even volley. That made the passing shots reasonably easy.
Muguruza is just feeding off that. Coming in to try and shorten the
points, Venus. Yeah, is it discouragement? Is it actual
fatigue, mental fatigue? Probably a combination of that 4-0, 15-40
stage. -- 4-5, 15-40 stage. Venus Williams has to find something
magical here on Centre Court. Garbine Muguruza is a set up, and a
double break up. There is a start. Crowd certainly
going to encourage Venus Williams now. I thought the previous shot was
going on. Chose to hit it, gave Muguruza another opportunity to hang
in there. Playing some excellent defence is
Garbine Muguruza. Really nice job. It's not often you can take the
baseline away from Venus Williams. Put Williams on her heels. That
little extra pace on her serve, a little less on Venus' is adding up
to a pretty dominating lead. Forehand has let her down, as this
match has progressed as well. Trying to get some life in those legs.
Really nice to see Muguruza miss there. But making better shot
selection throughout the championships.
Wow. Williams hitting it with ferocity. But Muguruza again stands
firm, finds the winner. Great job from Muguruza, handling
the power. She game guns blazing, Venus Williams. Hand it to Muguruza
there, incredible point. Good Marge gin on her shots. -- margin on her
shots. She's flying now. Venus trying to come in from behind the
baseline, just didn't get far before the passing shot. She's hitting it
so hard, she can't even get in position.
Suddenly this court, where she has had so much success, must be a very
dark place. Unforced errors starting to mount
up. It is painful to watch if you're a
supporter of Venus Williams, but she is wilting here. Rudi Harelson
watching on. Any way three break points for Garbine Muguruza. The
crowd trying to lift their favourite, this great champion, who
is in a very deep hole. And the end surely is coming
quickly. Muguruza with a strangle hold on this match. It's not over
yet, but Williams already looks a beaten figure. Boy, this is an
amazing turn of events. 30 minutes ago. 4-5, 15-40. A great rally,
Venus should have won. It's like she got punched in the gut. It's like
she has no energy left from that point forward, it's not even been
competitive. Again we're looking at it from Venus Williams' point of
view. So many here were hoping Venus would win. But a great performance
from Garbine Muguruza. Absolutely. She didn't start off totally
convincing. Her forehand wasn't finding its mark. But she hung in
there mentally. Just a point or two to just turn this match around.
You've got to feel sorry for Venus at this moment, at 37, you wonder
whether she'll have another opportunity, certainly here at
Wimbledon. But Garbine Muguruza has played outstanding. This is what she
has trained for and practised for and Williams will try to come back.
For Garbine Muguruza to step out onto Centre Court, to serve for the
Ladies' Singles Championship. You want to see this title taken.
You don't want to see a meek surrender.
I think we're seeing both. We're seeing her take the title and a meek
surrender. That combination will make it 6-0.
Everything is with her now. There is noise inside Centre Court. But just
one more point for Garbine Muguruza. And it will all be hers.
UMPIRE: Correction. It might end on this. The umpire steps in. Says that
it was good. So the challenge. Let's hope it doesn't end this way.
It does not. UMPIRE: Replay the point.
You have to wait a little bit longer. Two more chances.
There's a challenge. It might end this way. We look to the challenge.
Look to the screen. Garbine Muguruza, if it is long, she is the
champion. And it is. It is a sorry way for this final to end. But what
a victory for Garbine Muguruza, who is the Wimbledon champion and tears
of despair a couple of years ago, as she lost to Serena Williams.
Whelming joy now Over. She is the champion. A sad end for Venus
Williams, who played so well throughout this Championship and
promised so much. All the smiles belong to Garbine Muguruza, the
moment is hers. The title belongs to the Spaniard. When a win. What
happened in that second set? First of all, congratulations to Garbine
Muguruza. It's well deserved. She's become a much better player. She's
learned from her loss here, her struggles at other events and the
expectations. So well, well done. As far as Venus, I would have to think
that the syndrome, she suffers from, I don't know if that reared its ugly
head on some level, or B, emotionally the accident she was
involved in three, four weeks ago, in the States, suddenly just hit her
like a ton of bricks, some of it had to do with her opponent's playing,
for whatever combination of things it was, or turned out to be, we'll
see if she even addresses any of that. But that was unexpected to see
it just completely go away that match. All sorts of thoughts going
through her head now. She'll not use any excuses when we hear from her
shortly. But the contrast again, Garbine Muguruza, she has a French
Open title and now she is Wimbledon champion. We talk about the players
who might fill the gap, after the Williams sisters depart, there are
so many, but Muguruza at 23 now, she has many years to go and could be,
well is, one of the stars of the game going forward. Wow, this is
just an incredible moment for this young lady right here. After winning
the French last year. Everybody was thinking, wow, she's going to ascend
to the top of the game. Because she has so many weapons. She struggled
for the year. That's just what makes this even sweeter. There's the
support team of Garbine Muguruza. Thal be for Sam. Thal be face timing
Sam. Again, the emotions at this stage, John, you've been here and a
winner, and you've been a loser, the contrast is stark. To sit there now
and wait for everything to come out, it must be a magical moment.
It certainly is and a very proud one for both players. Ladies and
gentlemen, please welcome on to Centre Court, His Royal Highness the
Duke of Kent, the chairman of the All England Club and the president
of the Lawn Tennis Association. ANDREW COTTER: The ball boys and
girls have done such a fantastic job throughout these Championships.
A strange atmosphere inside Centre Court, because it threatened to be
one of the great finals, so little to win these two players in the
first set. Two set points for Venus Williams and, but once that first
set went, she visibly wilted. SUE BARKER: First, please show your
appreciation for the chair umpire. Now, to the runner-up, Venus
Williams! Such a favourite and a great of the game, not the
silverware that she would have wanted, and we hope that she's back
again. She remains on five ladies singles
titles. And the winner of Wimbledon 2017, Garbine Muguruza! Only the
second Spanish winner, following that woman there, Conchita Martinez,
in 1994. And Spain can celebrate again.
And now, for Sue Barker to ask the two for a few words, Venus Williams,
first of all, a very difficult interview to give, but the smile is
there. You see, they love you, Venus. You are not only a great
champion, but showing such great sportsmanship at the end of that
match as well. Well, congratulations to Garbine Muguruza, I know how much
this means to you and your family, so well done today, Garbine,
beautiful. Also, Venus, well done to you, because you have had a great
tournament. Yeah, thank you to my team who has been with me day in,
day out, and to my family as well. I love you guys, a lot of beautiful
moments in the past couple of weeks. And a message for Serena? Oh, I miss
you! I dried my best to do the same things that you do, but I think
there will be other opportunities! There certainly will!
Congratulations! Ladies and gentlemen, Venus Williams!
ANDREW COTTER: Well, she's not done yet, and she will be back. This has
not come easy, to lift that trophy, you have had to beat a great
champion? Yeah, definitely. I had the hardest match today against a
Venus, she's such an incredible player, I grew up watching her play,
so it is incredible to play the final! Sorry! But she was an
inspiration? Definitely, and it is incredible to play her here. And
also, you showed no sign of nerves? Well, inside, of course I'm nervous,
I always dream to be here. So I was composed, I guess! And the first set
was crucial? Yeah, it was very, very tough and we both had a lot of
chances, so I'm glad that I made them. And what about your team, your
coach, Sam, cannot be here, so do you have a message? Yeah, well, here
it is! I want to thank my team that is here, Conchita Martinez, my
physio, my fitness trainer, everybody. Because this is not only
me, it is all the team. Finally! You said that two years ago, when you
were in the final, you said you wanted to come back and win? Yeah,
two years ago, I lost in the final against Serena, and she told me one
day, I was going to win, so two years later, here I am. Will you be
having a big party, do you think somebody will be organising a
celebration? For sure! The Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza! Sue
Barker, angling for an invitation to the celebration party! Venus
Williams at this point wants to be anywhere else, but these are magical
moments for Garbine Muguruza, holding one of the most beautiful
trophies in sport. JOHN MCENROE: Venus, getting to the
Wimbledon final again, at her age, I think she wants to be there, too.
You could say it was youth over experience, and the legs finally
gave out at 37, the mind, the body, just wasn't up to the task. A
23-year-old with a lot of energy and intensity prevailed. It has been a
rather dark and gloomy day outside here at Wimbledon. The smile and the
flashbulbs lighting up Centre Court. What can she achieve now? French
Open champion last year, Wimbledon champion this year. There have been
mentions of inconsistency during her career. Wang on her game, she is as
we saw today unbeatable. She's got to find that consistency, and she
can win however many more Grand Slams. When I first saw her win the
French, I thought she had half a dozen in her. I had my doubts when I
started to watch her and the way she was handling it, it was tough. But
she's back on track to do that very thing. She's added to her game, I
think Conchita Martinez has been a blessing for her. She's certainly a
better player, a more consistent player. She's improving and
learning. A lot of good signs for her. She goes around Centre Court,
and they will be watching this keenly I'm sure in Venezuela as
well. Caracas-born, her mother is from Venezuela, father from Spain.
Neither parent is here, they can't bear to watch. They'll be watching
perhaps in Spain. Considering how tough things are in Venezuela, I'm
sure this is a breath of fresh air. She has that dual nationality, but
Spain is her home now. Both players walking around the court. You wonder
what the future might hold now for Venus Williams had. She has said she
will be back. She played well throughout the Championship. But
she's 37 now, we shall see what the future holds for her. Obviously, the
combination of the emotional aspect of this great game and the physical
one go hand in hand. We don't know which one hit her first. Did she
suddenly get physically tired, was there something going on the entire
match was? Was it the emotion of what happened in her accident weeks
ago? Was it the syndrome which she has been battling for the past five
or six years? I don't know if we will ever know, because I doubt she
will tell us. But these are the moments any champion will remember
for years and years to come, and even those in the Royal Box have the
camera phones out. Garbine Muguruza, not done yet. Just put that there
for a moment. I'm sure somebody will watch it! Yeah, someone will keep on
eye on it! Serena Williams is targeting a
return in the Australian Open. The former king of Spain is watching on,
his son now the reigning monarch, not here. Dennis Williams takes her
leave of Centre Court, the covered Centre Court which has seen a, in
the end, one-sided final of the ladies Championship. And she
probably doesn't want to leave at all. She has blown away Venus
Williams in the second set. Careful...! Just a reminder of how
the match was won. It was won on a challenge. And the moment of
realisation. Just maintained her consistent
levels, is Venus Williams made a few more mistakes in that second set.
JOHN MCENROE: I'm really surprised that it became so one-sided, I've
got to say. It looked for all the world like we would be out there at
least a couple of hours. Two set points for Venus Williams, it could
have been an entirely different match. After she lost the first set,
though, you thought it might be difficult for her to come back,
given her fitness, her age, I don't know. People will read different
things into that. Conchita Martinez, who won this in 1994, beating
Martina Navratilova. Then, it was the younger woman, the Spaniard,
over the much older rival opponent, and again it was today.
You can see the stark contrast of it all. You have none these moments of
celebration here, John, and Muguruza has won this final in straight sets
over Venus Williams. SUE BARKER: What a match, what a
tournament she has played, Garbine Muguruza. She tries to avoid that
Hall of Honour, because it makes her nervous, but now, it is her name
that goes up as the champion of 2017. It is what she has dreamed
about, what she promised Reiff years ago, and now, her name is on that
board and it will be there for ever. Tracy Austin is with me here in the
studio. Tracy, what a match, can she play any better than that? She
played extremely well. What I was most impressed with is that she
seemed a little nervous in the beginning, she was missing on the
forehand side, just misfiring, and some of them were going away long.
But she was able to withstand that, get over the nerves and get the
forehand back in place. There she is with the chairman, showing her her
name. It must be a proud moment, she's won the French Open, but
there's something about the history at Wimbledon which is quite magical.
Absolutely. To see her name on that must we so special for her. She was
one among a long list of players who could have won it, once Serena was
not going to be here, but I don't know that she was near the top. She
lost at Eastbourne, it didn't really seem like she was playing fantastic.
It's just a beautiful moment. And a picture to treasure as well.
These are memories she's going to want to look back on. At the moment,
I'm sure, she probably doesn't even know where she is or what she's
doing. You talk to champions and they say, "It went by in a blur." It
was a strange ending. It ended on a challenge. Cheated of the
celebration. She looked up. Looked shocked, is this really true? Did
this happen? This is a dream for any player, when they start to play and
make that commitment to play at this level. It's to be a Wimbledon
champion. This is beautiful to be able to share with her. Her life
will change forever. Absolutely. The king of Spain has been here.
Alongside the Duke of Kent and what special, special day this will be.
King Juan Carlos of Spain. He is here to watch. It is so special. The
second Spanish woman to win here and the other one was sitting watching
her, Conchita Martinez. Just shows, playing on these grass courts, it
doesn't mat whaer you're brought up on, you can adapt, you can learn and
grow from it. Absolutely. Isn't it ironic that Conchita is in the box
and maybe it was the right thing that Sam Sumic's wife is having a
baby. Her usual coach is back home. Conchita stepped in. And Conchita is
mellow and calm. Maybe that's what Garbine needed at this moment in her
career. Absolutely. As far as the match goes, when she had taken the
first set, I've never seen a player - Another Spanish champion, Arancha
Sanchez-Vicario. I feel like we're eavesdropping somehow here. There's
Virginia Wade saying, "well done". This is the bit she'll like. Heading
out to the members' balcony to show the fans outside the trophy. It's
such a beautiful trophy. It's really a nice moment to be able to see the
walk hire. It really is. Ah, Manuel Santana there as well. From Spain.
And here she goes out and a huge cheer because she's become such a
popular player here at the tournament. Just the manner in which
she plays. Wonderful. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
What about Spanish tennis then with Rafael Nadal winning his tenth at
the French Open and now Garbine Muguruza, a real celebration in
Spain that is for sure. It is lovely for these fans who have queued and
waited and they've been on the Hill watching to get a glimpse of the
champion and take a photo home. She played so well in that final. We
wondered whether she would be intimidated. She had to come back
from a couple of break points, severely tested. She had all the
answers. She really did. It's amazing how the match turned. It was
Garbine Muguruza serving at 4-5, 15-#40, down two set points against
Venus Williams, who was playing really terrific tennis. Venus was
targeting the Muguruza forehand on that point. Garbine had to hit about
six or seven strong forehands that set point down in order to hang in
the point and that, to me, was the critical point. Then the next point
she served a big serve to get herself out of that position, of
trouble. Then from there on, she won nine consecutive games. It's amazing
how, I don't know, I can't explain that second set. Garbine, yes, she
played phenomenal tennis. But where did Venus go? She seemed to have all
the air out of her. Her legs didn't seem to have enough energy. Only won
12 points. This is a lovely moment too, her team hopefully have made it
up here. They're all there. Her physio. It's just wonderful. As she
said on court, this is a team effort. Everybody plays their part.
Absolutely. It's not only on the court, but it's off the court. You
rent a house, spend time together. Where's Conchita. That's her agent.
He's going to be busy. There she is! She just shouted "equipo" which is
team. They are an incredible team. At the tocht team a special player
-- at the top of the team, a special player, who you get the feeling will
be at the top for a long time. When she lost in the Fourth Round this
year, she was so emotional in the press. She didn't like, she felt
almost liberated to have to handle all that. At 23, a lot more
experience under her belt. Two majors as well, one at the French
and one at Wimbledon. Really, when you have two Majors, ties Hall of
Fame -- it's a Hall of Fame career. Conchita has been such a calming
influence. We've talked about it. She was as a player. She was very
relaxed. A lot of people said that maybe Garbine needed that. She used
to be racing all the time. Look, Spanish tennis royalty right there.
Wonderful. You're exactly right. Conchita Martinez was so thoughtful
on the court as well. She used a lot of variety, the spin, the slice, the
heavy topspin. She really used all of the court and knew which shot to
hit when. Garbine this Championships has been much more consistent.
That's really been the word that's been so important in these matches,
because she's just been a little too erratic in so many of her matches
before. A shot would go off and she couldn't find the way to get the
margin back in play. It's not only the shot selection, the consistency,
I think she's been a little more relaxed. Conchita there, always
making her laugh. They're having fun together. It really is a nice
partnership. It really is. Now she's got to go through the long
interviews, the press conference and just really, just got to eneye this
moment. -- enjoy this moment. We talk about tennis, the triumph and
disaster, the famous saying, because it is. One walks off a winner and
you feel for Venus and everything that she's going through right now.
Absolutely. You wonder whether Venus at 37, whether she'll ever have an
opportunity certainly here at Wimbledon, she'll be 38 next year.
Whether this was a lost opportunity because I think there were some
points in that first set where she had an opportunity to really close
it down, because she was playing better at the beginning of that
first set. Muguruza again with a little bit nervous. I'm really
curious to see what Venus says about what happened in that second set,
where she just deflated emotionally? Everything came crashing down, when
she wasn't able to convert on the two set points? Garbine was playing
so much better as well. She got that first set under her belt and seemed
to free up. You have never seen that happen with Venus before. Not to
fall apart in a Major final. The first time she's ever also a set
here 6-0. It's just unheard of. It seemed to go by so rapidly. The
errors came so quickly in points. It didn't seem like she was thinking
clearly. All the tactics, all the strategy just went completely out
the window. And things, the points were just racing by. Let's go
through the story of the match. First of all, we start with the
saving of the set points at 4-5. You know, here was her big chance. That
really was. It was this point where Venus immediately started targeting
the forehand from Garbine. It's a 19-shot rally this. She tested her.
She did. That's four already to that forehand side. Not going to the
backhand wing. She was a little bit late there. Back to the forehand
again. Garbine was spraying a few forehands, but she was so sure, so
steady. It was Venus finally blinked there. One set point still. She came
up with a big serve here. That's the combination of being able to serve
in clutch moments for Garbine throughout the tournament. She'd
only been broken four times going into the final. That says a lot
about big serving, but also during those crucial moments to be able to
be calm, to be clear on what you need to do and handle the nerves.
Having watched that, at 15-ho, you think you -- at 15-40, you think,
maybe I missed my chance. She was never really the same after that.
She played a messy next game on her own serve. Kind of quickly was
losing the points. Then everything started to just fall into place for
Muguruza. She started playing better and better. It was honestly, it was
tough to watch Venus just disintegrate like that, so quickly,
on a court you know she's had her best success and this was such an
important moment for her. After she had saved the set points, Muguruza
really did up the gears and produced some wonderful tennis to break
Venus. She did. I think she felt liberated that she had saved those
set points. She played so well. Then she really started to find her
targets again. That's what we've seen the entire championships is
Muguruza pretty much hanging close to the baseline, not here, because
Venus did a great job of keeping her moving, but Muguruza to be able to
hang in those points six, seven, eight shots, maybe that's the
Conchita Martinez effect right there, just to hang in. Give
yourself a little more margin, more spin on the forehand so you get over
the net. Good margin. Over the net and inside the lines as well. As you
were saying, before this match, how she needed to attack. Muguruza was
always prancing along the baseline trying to move forward, trying to
hit the ball back as fast as she could to Venus. It was great
movement from Muguruza as well, that lob, that last point. This lands on
the line. You're thinking OK, Venus great job, great defence, then
Muguruza gets right back to moving Venus around. This is where Venus
just started to get a little tired, in my opinion. The legs didn't seem
quite as strong. Is that the syndrome she's dealing with?
Sometimes that's often overlooked. Is it being 37? Is it the
disappointment of not converting the two set points. In the second set,
we'll show Venus errors, I think it's a bit of a horror show. We
haven't seen these sort of mistakes before. Not so quickly in points.
That's where Muguruza just ho to stay focussed and not think of the
finish line. If you start to think of that beautiful trophy you might
start to lose your way. Credit for Muguruza, she just stayed so
focussed. Kept with the game plan. Kept with the great foot work and it
was Venus Williams who - look at, that she's missing the second shot
of the point. From the middle of the court. Yes, just lost her way
completely, mentsly. She's not -- mentally. She's not moving as well.
I wonder if she had an injury or something happened. I didn't notice
anything, but I've never seen her move so slowly around the court.
Really struggling. She became sluggish. That's something she
really relies on is that great movement to keep that ball back in
play until she can control the point again. I mean that is, I mean - 99
times out of 100 she would make that shot. Then it got more wild. When
your heart is out of it, and you've gone, it's very difficult. Your
brain is racing and your feet is slowing down. It's a horrible
combination. We've both been there I'm sure. I have! But you have to
wonder, she loses the first set, she's thinking do I have enough gas
in the tank to go three? Then thoughts start to go. She's down the
double break. You start thinking, can I really do this? Then maybe the
tremendous disappointment comes into play. Because it's Venus, who has
been the last five years watching younger siser Serena win Grand Slam
after Grand Slam and be so sturdy in those situations. She maybe even
thinking - is this the last time I'll be in a final of a Major. Who
knows what she was thinking. It clearly wasn't purposeful. The
points at that point were just hitting balls without purpose and
that's what you hate to see in a Wimbledon final. If she could have
said to herself, I was in the final of the Australian. To be in two
Grand Slam finals at the age of 37 is tremendous. She should be
positive really about that. I think it's because she built up this was
the dream comeback, the fairy-tale. She hadn't won since 2009, as it was
being taken away. I don't think she had answers in the second set to
Muguruza. Absolutely. This would have been a fairy-tale, one of the
biggest sports stories of the year for Venus Williams to come back this
many years later and to win the Wimbledon title, her sixth. She
would have tied Billie Jean king. Just to come back from everything
that she's had to deal with. We've talked about it, the syndrome, the
accident, little sister winning her 23 rd Major in January and little
sister being away now. It seemed like it was all the pieces of the
puzzle were coming in place for Venus. It was Muguruza would came
through and really changed it. You've got to give her credit as
well, to step up in this moment. She's really struggled. You look at
how her results, she hasn't been to any final at all since winning the
French Open. Not even any of the small you vents she's played. Now
she's won a grand total of four tournament titles and two Majors?
That's a terrific strike rate. Absolutely. The way she won, it that
second set, I mean, some of the shots she was pulling off were just
incredible. She plays with such freedom and fearless tennis. She
plays with aggression. That's key. That was worrisome when Venus was
coming in on shots. She really was coming in the baseline. She couldn't
get close enough to the net. You felt she was trying to make the
points quicker. She's coming back, coming in from too far behind the
baseline there. That's where you really start to wonder OK, what's
Venus thinking. Really doesn't want the long points. Thb fair to
Garbine. She had to keep her focus. It's ease why I to look down the
other end and think, "I've got this." You mustn't get ahead of
yourself. You must stick to your game plan and execute it to the end.
That's so right. You've got a Wimbledon title on the line and a
player on the other side who's won it five times. This is a dream come
true for you. You know it's just three games away, two games away.
You can't be thinking about the end. You've got to clearly just stay in
your little bubble and that little bubble is what Muguruza has done so
well. She seems to have managed, she even talks about that. Conchita has
helped her with the stress. To win a Major you have to be on for two
weeks, seven matches. That's a long time to dole with everything,
whether it's any anythingling injuries. We didn't see the wrap on
Muguruza's leg in the first week. First time I saw it was the middle
Sunday, a brown patch down the front part of her leg. Then she started
wrapping the whole leg. So it started to bother her more. Then you
deal with the press and then the final, a second Wimbledon final
against another Williams sister. So there's a lot you have to manage and
control physically, emotionally. She did that extremely well, with the
help of Conchita Martinez who has done it herself. That was really
important. What also impressed me, when she had
a break point either for or against, she opt the pace by five miles per
hour on her crown is strokes, that's champion's mentality, isn't it?
Absolutely. That's what you really want, and that's why it is not a
coincidence that these are the champions we see in the late stages,
they're able to come up with a better shot at crucial moment,
somehow they're able to elevate, to calm their nerves and be really
clear on what they're able to do, the athleticism comes into play,
whatever it is, they're able to come up with something better. I think
for Muguruza, it was really the Kerber match which turned everything
around for her. And Kerber lost the number one ranking with that match.
I really feel this could be her real breakthrough now, because she got to
the final, dipped, won the French Open, dipped, but I think now we
will see her at the top for a while. I hope so. Tracy, thank you so much
for your comments, it's lovely to see you here at Wimbledon again. So,
the ladies' final is over, but it is time for the men's doubles final
now. Let's join our commentators out on Centre Court, John Lloyd, Peter
Fleming and first, Mark Petchey. MARK PETCHEY: Just about to get
under way here on Centre Court for the men's doubles final, and what an
epic semifinal these two had. It has been a solid route through but they
have not played any seeded pair at all, as you can see. Coming through
17-15 in the fifth, in that semifinal, I wonder whether that
will have an impact here, given the route that Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo
Melo have had. Also, the number one pairing in the semifinals, John
Peers and Henri Kontinen, who won the Australian Open, who went down
9-7 in the fifth. Fergus Murphy, from Ireland, in the chair. They say
the art of good doubles is to choose a good partnership, and the art of
good doubles commentary is to get two partners, clearly. And I've been
doubly blessed today, with John Lowe and Peter Fleming in the boot.
Welcome, guys. PETER FLEMING: Thank you. Looking
forward to this match. Probably because we have no idea who might
win this one. I think Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo are the favourites.
They have been perhaps the form team this year. But grass court doubles
is really a great leveller, isn't it? And so we have no idea.
JOHN LLOYD: I agree with that, I think the favourites are Kubot and
Melo, just by their rankings and Grand Slam stature. They've both
done well, but I think it's a tough match to call. Just looking at the
comparisons there, the one thing which stood out in the semifinal for
Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic was the 74% first serves in which they made
in that clash. Anyone who can serve at that kind of level consistently
is going to be difficult to break. It will be interesting to see if
they can sustain that, because in the previous round, they were only
at 57%. You get the feeling, if there are too many second serves,
they will be in a lot of trouble. And of course, something to look out
for is, how will both teams react to the environment? It can be daunting
if it's your first time in a Wimbledon final. Next week's world
number one to begin. Kubot, 6ft 3 himself. Nice move. The
most important thing in doubles, I think, is, avoid the net man. Hit a
little dink volley. That time he tried to hit it a little deep, right
into the path of his opponents. Fantastic return. Yes, beautifully
timed, this one coming in at 119mph. He did a nice job getting out of the
way of it! It's obviously a good serve coming
in from that was look, but it does not necessarily move as much as some
serves, it is a pure delivery. Does not have a big kick for somebody who
is 6ft 8. That one had depth as well. And they've got a spring in
their step as they take the opening game. You're right, he doesn't do a
lot with the serve, it doesn't have a lot of swing or kick to it. But
he's very accurate with it. It's strange to look at a guy, 6ft 8, but
he's a very consistent player. I know that guy in the blue! Voitech!
And in fact, the very first match that John and I played on Centre
Court was the semifinals in 1978, we lost the first set in 12 minutes,
6-1. I've never been more nervous in my life walking out onto the Centre
Court that day! A lot of power on this forehand. You
cannot have any backswing whatsoever on that volley, with the ball coming
at you that fast. Did he flagged that one, was it going long? I think
it was. Good serving from Pavic, who's
looking to become the second Croatian man to win a major title.
Goran is a visit -- Goran Ivanisevic made a couple of finals in doubles.
Ivan Dodig is the first. Interesting motion, isn't it,
Kubot's? It is, he doesn't really get the racket down behind his head,
that will rob him of a bit of power. You can see what Peter is talking
about, barely any bend in the elbow. It gets down behind his back, but
very late. It will be interesting to see if the
court is just a little slippery, because of the humidity in the air.
It was going long, but Melo decided he would just finish it off any way.
SUE BARKER: We'll be right back with this final on Centre Court. Another
final taking place outside on court number three, the men's wheelchair
doubles final. It's a repeat of last year's final. Alfie Hewett and
Gordon Reid just served for the match. They have another break point
now. It looks like a real battle out on court number three. That match is
live on BBC Two, if you want to watch it. That's over on BBC Two.
Here, we're heading back to Centre Court.
That is Marach and Pavic, who are playing in just their tenth tour
level event, having teamed up in Miami of this year.
As teams they've never played against each other. Interestingly,
Marach and Kubot were a partnership for a couple of years. They won five
tour events together. So they know each other very well. Yeah, in fact,
Kubot-Marach beat Melo-Saub in 2009, in Barcelona. That's how long these
guys have been around. That second serve was 71mph. It
basically said, "Hit me." Continuing the trend from their
semifinal with plenty of first serves, eight out of ten landed from
Marach and Pavic. They've won all eight when the first serve has gone
in. I have a feeling we may be here for a while.
His foot work is very sharp. Especially when you consider he's
6'8". This pairing obviously the tallest one in the tournament. Kubot
is 6'6". There's that flat, out wide serve
that he's able to hit courtesy of his height. Just skipping off the
surface. Didn't even flinch there! Melo
really sat on the ball down the middle. He took a full swing at that
forehand volley. Right through Pavic. He did well there though to
mask the pain. That hurt. He stood there as if to say, "No big deal."
Smashed off his leg. Look at where both players are, both
on the same side of the court. How much has doubles changed in that
regard? You said you came out here for your first time and you see
these guys just literally ever sing the point, popping up the whole
time. Was any of that used in your day, Peter? You mean that I
formation? Yeah. No. We didn't use it at all. The only team that used
that was Villas and Tiriac. He had a good serve, even though he was like
90 years old. And Villas was very quick. He would be like a
jack-in-the-box trying to take everything. They were the only team
that used that strategy. It's amazing how it's grown over the
years. What do you think the reason is? I
think it's an intimidating formation. You don't know where the
guy is going to be. It puts off the returner.
You know you can hit the ball to a spot and the opponents aren't going
to put it away, it gives you a lot more conviction. John, what's the
best way to approach it as the returner? I think you've got to make
your mind up whether you're going to hit it. If you - you have to guess
really. If you spend too much time worrying about where they're going
to go, it puts off your return. Pick a target and hit it.
I think that formation has really changed doubles fundamentally. It
takes away the chip return. You can't chip or it's very difficult to
chip returns now. The doubles game is now a game of
power. The other thing is, where the
person's serving, where his partner is up at the net, even when not
doing the I formation how close they are to the net. They don't believe
someone can get over their heads for a lob. They're prepared to stand
almost right on top of the net. Dead volley there. Going back to the
lob, a lot of people say to me, well, why don't people lob them,
they're right on top of the net. It's not easy. The only one that
really does it raegly is Jamie Murray. He has a fast lob, if you
know what I mean. It's not floating. He can get up and over the net
player. If you hit ate floater, they're -- a floater, they're too
good of athletes. Still yet to drop a point. When they
make a first serve, 11 for 11. Locking things up nicely on their
own service games. A deep second serve. It shot through
the court. It's not just serve that the height
helps. There's the reach as well. You could see there Melo able to
poach that one, it looked as though maybe it got enough angle on it.
Precious few points against the serve so far.
SUE BARKER: We'll be back on Centre Court. We'll take you out to Court 3
and this thrilling match out here in the men's wheelchair doubles final.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have had three match points. They're in
the third set tie-break. Tremendous scenes there. That's now over on BBC
Two. We will be heading back to Centre Court right now.
So far so good for both teams. Arguably slightly better for the
Australian and Croatian duo, who many felt were the underdogs for the
title, given perhaps the route through, the newness of their
partnership. But they have settled exceedingly well out here. Both
teams have. We've only seen five points against serve in the first
seven games. Two against Marach and Pavic. Only three against Melo and
Kubot. Tie-break might be out of the frame.
that one bidding to become the third Austrian man to win a Grand Slam
title, his compatriot winning the US Open ten years ago. Jurgen Melzer as
well. So close to the net, he just blocks
it, there's no backswing. He just lets the pace of the ball take over,
and just guides it. Great angle a couple of times in
this game already, from the Austrian.
Well, that's what it takes to win a point against the serve. That was
meant to be a forehand drive rather than a lob.
John Newcombe, six time doubles champion here.
In fact, did John Newcombe and Ann Jones both win the singles in the
same year? John Newcombe won in 1967...
He didn't get in too close after that one. I think we will see a few
more returns coming into play, as the players get their eye in. And
the answer to that previous question was, no.
The answer for Kubot and Melo was in the affirmative, that was another
comfortable hold. SUE BARKER: We're going to take you
straight back to Court No. 3, because now, Alfie Hewett and Gordon
Reid have match point. They've already had four, this is 6-3 in the
tie-break... What a rally! And they defend their title! Well done to
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett. Just short of three hours. The crowd out
on Court No. 3 really appreciating such a wonderful match, so
competitive, wonderful tennis. Incredible scenes. So popular and a
British title here at Wimbledon once again for Alfie Hewett and Gordon
Reid, successfully defending their title. A few souvenirs for those
that have waited and cheered them on. They really were very vocal out
there. Big celebrations out on Court No. 3. Well done to Alfie and
Gordon. Back we go. JOHN LLOYD: They're all so sharp at
the net at the moment. MARK PETCHEY: He's got hold of that
for the first time, and that's what shot brings to the doubles court,
electrifying pace reseller return. Pavic was unable to get even close
to the service line there. Good return again. That's what you
hope, to get that combination of the 1-2 punch. Now, they've got a slight
opening. PETER FLEMING: Yeah, for the first
time in the match, Pavic hitting a conservative second serve, didn't
really do a lot. Perfect volley. That's the second or
third one he's than, where he's dropped it short. Yeah, and Melo's
return was hit hard but not placed especially well.
There was a small window of opportunity, but it was pretty
quickly closed. Yes, and Pavic has been pretty impressive with how he
has remained cool. At 15-30, 4-5, easy to get tight.
It's all about timing the move at the right time. If you move too
early, he has an easy target down the line. You have to move across
just as the returner is about to return.
Not sure he needed to make that much noise on that forehand, but... The
players' reactions are so good that it has to be struck with that kind
of venom to get past their defences. Really nicely played. All over the
second serve! Quick as a cat, into the net behind it. It looks as
though this opening set, it looked as though it was heading towards a
tie-break, but all of a sudden, a break point opportunity.
He's made it. There's a challenge coming, but... He's not hanging
around, Kubot. This is out of desperation, and that's why. That
could not have been struck more perfectly. And it could not have
been timed more perfectly, either. And as you might expect, break
point, second serve, had a bit of pace to it, it is not as if he just
rolled it in a, but it was right down the middle of the box, quite
easy for Marach to get around it, and he drilled that return. Nice
shot as well, calm as you like! He hit it so blisteringly hard. He was
about 4ft outside the tramline when he hit that. So, the unfancied duo
with the advantage here in the opening set. The 14th different team
to win the men's doubles title out of the last 16 Majors. It's
remarkable just how open men's doubles has become. Hilary Swank,
the actress, she does love her tennis as well. She has been seen at
a few events, particularly Indian Wells.
Nothing given on that return from Kubot.
Just can't get hold of that when you're almost inside the baseline,
coming through at 126 as well. That's interesting, Marach, the most
diminutive player, OK he's not short, he's 6'1", but also the most
powerful server. Thanchts was an impressive service
set. There's a real buzz around the Centre Court there. Look at the
first serve percentage. Second service in a bit of trouble,
but they hardly miss a first serve, so what does it matter. It's very
impressive. You hear the noise when the crowd, a lot of people, the
majority in this crowd are doubles players, but can they really relate
to this type of doubles? And the answer is no. They're used to
chipping the ball around, having rallies. This is just incredible
tennis for what it is. But it's just one, two-strike tennis in the
majority of the rallies. There he is. Tony Roach, one of the
great teams. Didn't hit over a lot of returns did they? No chip and lob
on his backhand side. Exactly, Nuke might have been effective. Because
his lob was so good. It was actually. He might get a few over
these guys. Yeah the man who won all the four Major titles on the doubles
court, three of the singles ones as well. Just came up short at the
French Open a couple of times, in the quarter finals. Ranked world
number one in both singles and doubles, one of the few men to have
done that. When it is this fast, Peter, I mean,
do the tactics simply come down to where you're going to hit your serve
rather than anything else, into somebody's backhand that maybe they
feel is getting strong on a potentially big point? Do you get
away from Marach's forehand, give them what they produced on the break
point. If you have a second serve, is it as simple as that? Yeah, I
think perhaps on big points, maybe you kick a serve in first, so you
don't have to deal with the second serve, because you know Marach's
forehand is deadly. He's really good at bringing it into play. He's
quick. Break point down, don't even give
him a sniff of that shot. In a best of five set doubles match
can be long. Lots of ebbs and flows to come.
Bit of lazy skills there from Pavic picking that ball up off the
overhead. It was coming at a fair rate of knots, but just caressed it
back. Had it been a bigger point, he might have been more disappointed
with his partner's offering afterwards.
Pavic a former junior world number five. He won the boys doubles here.
He's looking to do the double with the British player George Morgan in
2011. Title came with another Brit Dom
Inglot. That was a good win there for them.
He's won five other doubles titles. It's got to be disheartening for
Kubot and Melo how secure these guys have been on serve.
That was a nice little point there. From the outside edge of the ball
here, Pavic. They want to keep this wonderful
serving profile going, not giving Kubot/Melo a chance.
It's incredible. 85% Didn't need such a big follow
through on that volley. Nicely played. That was not an easy
shot. He was almost on his knees. The number of those shorter volleys
have been dying on the grass and staying low. Marach got up to that
one. He had options. He could have dip today crosscourt again or could
have gone over the top, which is a bit a risky ploy against two fairly
tall guys. He went for the hit down the T and caught the tape. Right
now, you can see, just trying to skim it hard. Just got his elevation
wrong. Must be for players that come here to this Grand Slam they must
love Wimbledon, because it's the only really tournament, the only
slam that gives them a lot of respect to play five sets and on the
regular circuit, they play one set all and play no ads and then a
tie-breaker. They're trained these days, other than Davis Cup, of
course, they're trained for really an hour match, perhaps an
hour-and-a-half is a marathon in the regular doubles. They come in here
and you could have matches for four sets. Then you have concentration
issues, to a certain extent. Because the rest of the year they don't have
it. It's a different type of event for them. They like the fact that
the crowd is pretty full and at a lot of events it isn't.
That was a bad error there from Kubot. Should have been 0-15.
This ball, should have put that away. Tried to bounce it over.
Playing on the wrong surface for that. Hard court it might have gone
over his head, but not that one. He had a good look at that down the
line. Pavic had a Grade 1 terror of his hamstring earlier in the season.
-- tear. Maybe just starting to get his eye in a little bit. There's
been a couple of decent returns in this game.
I wonder if the players took just a little pace off their returns... I
was thinking the same thing! And got a few more in, because they're
drilling it so hard, it's not easy to hit it exactly where you want to.
Yeah, my memory might be incorrect, but I do remember watching some of
the greats in doubles, in more recent times, Peter, don't get me
wrong, the likes of Woodbridge and Woodford, and I remember doubles
finals where they were getting something like 90% of returns into
court. But at the moment today, we've got Kubot and Melo at 55% and
Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic at 66% only in terms of returns in the
court, as you say, highlighting that point.
Nicely done, around the outside of the ball. Exactly right, and this is
what we're talking about, just block it back, really, and charged. Gets
in there pretty quickly, he's a good athlete.
JOHN LLOYD: That ball just checked the bit on that serve.
There you go, another blocked return back into play. That's how it
started. That was a shaky second serve, 80mph
on a big point. PETER FLEMING: This could get away
from them right here. That was a really nervy looking serve, first
time we've seen that kind of pressure on the serve - there was no
acceleration on it. MARK PETCHEY: Well, matches can
change on just one point, can't they? Interesting that he still
tries to drive the return, on that one, a first serve! OK, second serve
am a drill it, but first serve, just get it back anyway you can.
MARK PETCHEY: Huge hold. Kubot helped him out a little bit there,
didn't he? He was getting a little bit shaky. Kubot had the guts to
cross on that 30-40 point and help his partner out, when he was just a
little wobbly. Kubot and Melo, who scoop up their partnership last year
in Beijing. They've continued it with great success so far this
season. Looking to win their third straight tour level title if they
won on the grass in Germany, twice. They had not got past the third
round at the other two slams earlier this year, heading into Wimbledon.
A couple of Masters thousands titles in Miami and Madrid to go with those
two grass court titles as well, so they are the form team so far in
2017. But in the first hour here, honours have gone to their
opponents. That was a fine volley right there.
Because that came at him fast and low, and he managed to get good
depth on it as well. It was a tough volley to hit. That's a great
volley. Good change-up. And you can see
Marach, not nearly as happy returning on the backhand.
Not the simplest of games, although a simple overhead.
SUE BARKER: And we will be right back with this final on Centre
Court. We are in joining the final weekend here at Wimbledon, but the
world athletics Championships are not far away. It's another big event
on the BBC. Mo Farah wins the gold! It's a
mammoth jump! David Rudisha is going to win the world title! Dafne
Schippers! Usain Bolt! It should be magnificent, in the
London Stadium, that's from the 4th of August. Here, everyone enjoying
the tennis bottle up on the hill, with two more finals to come, the
men's doubles, followed by the ladies doubles, on Centre Court.
Let's get back to Centre Court. Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic will be
pretty keen to keep the aspirations of their higher ranked opponents
down in this match, and they've done a great job of it so far. Marach
knows what it's like to lose in a Wimbledon final, it happened to him
in 2013, losing to the Bryans on that day.
And again, just dropped it too short. You should be aiming those
volleys always at the opponent's feet. He's had a lot of success with
that serve, hasn't he? I wonder whether Kubot needs to just make a
bit of a move and take that avenue of success away from Marach.
Nice idea! A very difficult shots to execute. A lob volley.
Therein lies the problem. It is a good return but it is not directed
the right way. He is so far behind the baseline that any volley short
and it is a winner. Sometimes you have to go up the line to keep the
net man on it. He took away that serve and got a
good play on it, but could not find the lines.
So far the script has not played out the way that many thought it would.
Quick hands, quick thinking and a quick old. -- quick hold.
Nice rally to finish off, and a nice catch in the crowd. Oh, he got up
early as well, he knew it was coming his way. No hanging about.
No slip-up from him, although there was one from Kubot and Melo in the
opening set. They have put that to rights so far in this second set.
We thought this match might be serve dominated. We have certainly been
correct in that regard. Marach and Pavic still dominate, put 79% of
their first serves in play. It is not like they have just been rolling
them in. Anything over 65 is excellent. Marion Bartoli, the
former Wimbledon champion, in the Royal box.
Plenty of legends of the court watching the Wimbledon finals today.
There is one of the greatest of all time, Martina Navratilova.
That is fierce. A fine return. She has -- he has headed to a number of
them, but that is the best by some margin. He has connected with that
one beautifully. Went back there again, had a bit of
a safety margin built in and Melo was unable to connect with it.
It looks impossible for there to be a break of serve, but we thought
that in the first set and one appeared out of the blue. Completely
not in the script. You never know. And, of course, Kubot dropped serve
in the first set. The exact same situation.
That is genuine power, when he has time of the ball. A former top 100
player in singles, peaked at 82 in the world. He might be peaking at
the right time in this one. That was a well played point from
Pavic. Very smart. Did not overplay. Oh, amazing! The best point of the
match, by a long way. Pavic did really well to reflect that one
back. From here on it was all Melo. That landed directly on the centre
service line. Pavic had no chance. Equal fastest for their team, that
one from Kubot. Adrenaline pumping, trying to salvage this game.
He came up with a couple of delightful touches in that game. It
is 6-5. SUE BARKER: Such a competitive match on Centre, we will
be back with it. We will take you to another final, an American winner of
the girls singles for the first time in 25 years. The last one was in
1992. 17-year-old Claire Lu from Thousand Oaks California, the
hometown of Sam Querrey. She defeated and unseeded 17-year-old
from Pennsylvania. Emotional scenes. Probably more so because she was
runner-up at the French Open last month. Here she comes to take the
trophy. Well done to Claire Lu, a Wimbledon champion, and a bright
future for American tennis. That happened earlier, back we go to
Centre Court. COMMENTATOR: Good hold from Kubot, that was a quality game
from their opponents, which builds them a bit of momentum as we head
towards a potential tie-breaker. Kubot will be delighted he managed
to come up with some nice touches which would keep the pressure on
their opponents. Momentum shift. Is it? Melo
certainly believes it. That was another to rip pixel on return.
Swivelled out of the way nicely. It is a good start. The first point is
so important for establishing the returning pair in the game.
They have made less than half of their returns in this set, Kubot and
Melo, that they have had two is flush as you can try them. -- but
they have had two is flush. And a third in a row, unbelievable
turn of events here. Break points that of course are set
points. Mr Marach is challenging the call,
the ball was called out. He made up his mind, he was going
crosscourt with the return. Pavic is doing a great job at the
net here, made a couple of well-timed moves.
They're not out of trouble yet, Marach and Pavic. This was a searing
backhand return. Yes, this time, the return didn't find its target. Down
the middle of the box, not a lot of pace to it - easy return for Kubot.
It's in. UMPIRE: Game and second set, Kubot
and Melo. That has been a dramatic development in the men's doubles
final, just when it looked as though the chances had come and gone for
the number four seeds, Kubot really does catch alight in terms of his
returns and his vision and his ability to do something just a
little bit out of the ordinary. And here, you can see him setting,
waiting, and the Croatian just unable to get anything on that ball.
Fantastic turn of events at the end of the second set for this team, as
it was for Pavic in the opening set as well. And it's perfectly poised
now. It's not about winning all the
points, it's about winning the right one's, and Kubot and Melo certainly
proved that in that second set. It was just when it really mattered
that they found something a little special. And perhaps at times,
Marach and Pavic missing a few first serves in that set. And that is what
cost them in the end. Allowing Kubot and Melo to see a few second
deliveries. That actually wasn't a bad game from
the Croatian-Austrian partnership there. But good defence at the net
from Kubot and Melo, and they're up and running and they will be looking
to build on what they did in the second set. The confidence is so
high for that team, with the wins coming in here in grass court
events. Although, some good matches won of course by Oliver Marach and
Mate Pavic coming in, losing in the final Stuttgart to Murray and
Soares, Antalya as well, they were runners-up. So they also had
momentum. It's not easy to control those, when
they're coming at that sort of pace. PETER FLEMING: As you were saying
before, this is where the mental stamina comes into it. Because these
guy la just about at their limit now, Ofwat they're used to playing,
two sets and a match tie-break. A couple more hours at least on the
horizon. They could start to fatigue a little bit now. That's when first
serve percentage is will come down. Marach just checking whether that
first serve was in or not, with Fergus Murphy in the chair.
That's a good angle, considering the motion that he has, Kubot, on that
first delivery out wide. Numerous times he's got it short on the
sideline. JOHN LLOYD: Different type of
forehand there from Marach. Normally, he's been hitting them so
hard, that one, he just got it low and set himself up for the winner.
Marach, who has picked up 15 career doubles titles, and he's done that
with eight different partners as well, which is a credit to him in
terms of his flexibility with different partners on a doubles
court. For his partner, just the six titles, with two different partners,
but as we have seen today, he's certainly capable of a lot more in
this form of the game. Not quite getting it going on the singles
court, but he's certainly got a lot of talent, a lot of power.
One more good service game, you feel, from Marach, and you feel
whatever momentum Kubot and Melo might have got from the second set
you feel will be stemmed somewhat. That is extraordinary! What talent
displayed by all four men out here. Amongst the huge power hitting and
big serving but we have seen, certainly we get a rally with so
much finesse. -- suddenly we get. It was almost parallel to the net. So
sharp. If that had gone in it would have
deemed the shot of the championship. -- it would have been. This guy hits
a lot of highlight shots, Marach. Powders the forehand.
Things just got a little interesting here. More interesting than Kubot
and Melo would have liked. What reactions from Kubot. That may
have been the hardest forehand of the day, and that is saying
something. Really nice reactions. Obviously he was very close to the
net, which has made the volley a little easier.
Struck well, but just struck a little too long. The game does not
go on any longer. That was a hard-fought hold of serve for Kubot
and Melo. Very little in it. Just one beautiful reaction volley from
Kubot really saved the day, you felt. If we were to make one
constructive criticism, as you said, Marach struck that backhand well. /
it too well. The margin for error was minute. The ball was below the
height of the net, he had to get it up over the net and bring it back
and you cannot do that if you hit it that hard. He needed to put more
top-spin on it. Just not go for a winner. Keep the ball though, force
your opponents to reflex the volley back at you. It seems as though it
could... I think have a little more joy on returns if they play the
percentages are I guess the proof is a little bit in the numbers. Is it
successful strategy for Kubot and Melo at the moment, they are the 7.1
out of 55, returning the first serve, and for Marach and Pavic, 12
of 58. We are talking 21% and 38% respectively for points won behind
the first serve. It is not huge numbers.
As you say, maybe just using the pace you are given from the first
serve and trying to direct and utilise its a bit better might be
more profitable for both teams. It does not really seem as if the net
man has been that imposing. Once again, Kubot drilling the
return. That time is paid off. -- it's paid off.
A clinical finish. Taking a familiar path.
Ouch! I think that might have caught him on the Achilles. I think he is
OK. Oh, no. A lot higher up the map. It was more the back of the knee. --
a lot higher up than that. He has a memento of this final, no
matter what. We talked a little bit about the
number of different teams that have won the doubles titles in the last
16 majors, including this. It was 14. Why is it? Is it mainly because
the teams do not seem to be staying together as often as in your day?
You guys seems to hang around longer with each other. Or is something
more? I don't know why it is that guys are switching as often as they
are switching partners. I can't explain. I think because now we have
the doubles players virtually just doubles players and not singles
players, their livelihood is just doubles. And the pressure to make a
living, it is OK, the prize many years pretty good, but if there is
not success very quickly than the partners dump each other and move
on. There is not much loyalty. If they do not feel like they are
blending well very soon, they look for the next partner. It is amazing
how quickly. People who have won Grand Slams together, one year later
they have gone to somebody else. There is no surprise that partners
do not stick together if they do not gel immediately. It is more
surprising when they do well and win. And then switch. That is a
great cross right there. I would be surprised if this pairing does not
stick together for a bit longer. Of course, they are both pretty long in
the tooth, so... They won't be together that much longer!
Melo, to be fair, has at least another 11 years to go. Daniel
Nestor is still playing at 44 years of age! Is he 44?! I thought he was
46. No, definitely 44. Looking at it logically, most of the year they are
playing two sets, the matches are over in an hour. It is not like you
had to be in unbelievable shape to do that. You can play forever.
That it is not a question of stamina, it is a question of
quickness, flexibility, eyesight, even. But he is still playing at 44
is pretty impressive. No kidding. UMPIRE: Mr Melo challenging the
call, write service line. Ball was called in.
He covered a lot of ground, and just kept running. Unlucky with the net
cord. Yes, very unlucky. We've just had two service breaks in
two-and-a-half sets. This point was just about having fun
for Oliver Marach. I'm going to hit the forehand return as hard as I
can, and the next one... Just as hard.
Again, another set of tennis train these two teams which is bringing up
a scarcity of chances, in terms of break points on offer. And you asked
why it is before that 14 different pairs have won the last 16 Majors.
And I think it's what we've been saying. No teams make enough returns
to become dominant. A team will get hot, and they'll win a major. But to
win Major after Major, look at the would -- the Woodies, you were
always under pressure when you were serving against them, that's why
they won multiple Majors. Today, these two teams are the two form
teams, both of them are very difficult to break. We haven't seen
a lot of returns at into play. -- put into play.
JOHN LLOYD: I agree, there's no pattern to this match, you can't
really say, they're targeting this side or that side. It's almost as if
they're just waiting for them to combine in one game, where they both
get streaky and hit some winners - which is what's happened in both
sets. He just guided the ball down the
line, and it work to treat. -- it worked a treat.
Kept going, Kubot, just kept moving forward. And finished it off nicely.
Pressure building here. Excellent second serve - not only
did it have depth, but it had a lot of sides pinned that kept it low,
and Kubot was unable to get hold of that one.
Interesting, when you consider that neither of these pairs are doing
much against the serve, we haven't seen one point today whether
returning pair have stayed back on the first serve. Because if you do
stay back, you take away the target for the net man and have a chance to
get in the rally. Unlucky. The net cord decided that
point. A bit like that, you mean? A simple
put away. Yes, any volley Melo gets at the net is a simple put away,
because he's so close to the net. You kind of feel that this time,
surely, we have to get to the tie-break. It's amazing that we
haven't been in one so far. Sometimes you have an instinct,
where you're watching a match and you think, this pair, it's only a
matter of time, you feel they're going to break... You have
absolutely no idea who's going to win this match. You mean those
finely honed instincts of yours, they're not happening today? They're
not happening, I have no idea. Around the grounds, if you have not
been fortunate enough to grab a Centre Court ticket today, there's
still plenty to do just the pace some of these balls are coming, we
could do with that racket out here, I think! In Melo's hand, that would
probably look normal size, to be fair. As it is, it's going to be
Marach to serve to take this third set into a tie-break.
He loves that serve. It's brought a lot of success to him, and he's very
accurate with it. Tie-break time it is. It will be
interesting, because just ten points against the serve by both teams
combined in that third set. Just one single mini-break may well security
here. -- secure it here. That was a little more complicated
to hold onto, Melo's serve in the opening point of this tie-breaker,
than they would have liked. But it was accomplished in style in the
end. It was perhaps an opportunity for Marach, after he hits the first
volley, if he'd kept moving in that direction he might have swallowed
back the next one, instead of retreating back to cover his ally.
I know we have talked about it a bit recently, if you just take the place
of the return... If you make it, the opponent has gone anyway. It is not
like he will have time to get back and cut that ball. Just make the
return. It was tough to get a clean winner straight off that serve.
Pete, this is what you have been looking for. First time today. It
forced Kubot, or induced him, to roll the first serve. Which has been
a change. Oh, no. What an end to a rally which
looked like it was going to go the way of marathon public. That was a
good example of how thinking can inhibit you. -- it looked like it
was going to go the way of Marach and Pavic.
Up, up, up! At six foot aids, you are already up! Exactly. -- at six
foot eight. Flexibility for the first volley, got himself out of the
way. Kubot has got hold of that. When he
gets hold of it, it stays fit. Just unable to contain the power, Marach.
He went back to the forehand side, overplayed that particular serve.
Such fine margins in this match. One mini-break, will back decide this
set? -- will but decide? Let's have another look at this.
Almost impossible to hit that body. How close it came to going back
over. -- almost impossible to hit that volley.
Miller and Kubot can seal a two set advantage here. Four set points.
SUE BARKER: They take the third set to go up two sets to one. We are
leaving the coverage on BBC One but will start up in just a moment on
BBC Two, so it will continue in just a moment on BBC Two. It is available
on the red button as well. Just before we leave, the news today is
that we have a new ladies champion, Garbine Muguruza, a free hitting
fearless player. She was unstoppable on Centre Court against Venus
Williams. She said two set points in the opening set, which she took 7-5.
And a Hawk-Eye challenge on match point in the second. Emotional
scenes on Centre Court is Garbine Muguruza defeated the player who
inspired her as a youngster, five-time champion Venus Williams. A
very warm embrace from the former champion, Venus, at the net. A new
star is born on Centre Court. Garbine Muguruza racing up the
rankings, a big smile today. Well done to her. I don't think she can
believe it. Britain has a champion, the men's
wheelchair doubles champions, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. They
successfully defended their title in thrilling scenes on Court three,
defeating the top seed Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. 6-7, 7-5,
7-6. They had quite a view match points earlier in the set but came
through a very tense tie-break. Fabulous scenes on Court three. Well
done to Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. That is it on BBC One, but a
lot to look forward to on BBC Two. The conclusion of the men's doubles
final and the ladies doubles final. But today on Centre Court we had a
new ladies champion, Garbine Muguruza. From all of us here,
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