On this mild Sunday, 9 June 2019, the combatants at the Roland Garros men’s final started off evenly matched. But when all is said and done, Dominic Thiem was playing his second ever Grand Slam final against Refa Nadal’s up till then 17 final wins! And even though he became the first player to win a set against the Spaniard in a French Open final since 2014, that was hardly enough to topple the King of Clay from his throne
When the formidable Serena Williams defeated Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon final. she told the teary young Spanish player: “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this Venus Rosewater trophy very, very soon, believe me.” Two years later the prophesy came true at the expense of Serena's sister Venus.
Though he had other wins on other major courts, SUPERMANuel Santana was the only Spanish male winner at Wimbledon until Rafael Nadal came along in 2008. He became an instant national hero in isolated Spain
“Women’s tennis is craving for the next big thing and many hoped Muguruza was “it”. But at Wimbledonthe world number 124 Jana Cepelova eased past Muguruza as if she were not there”
“Women’s tennis needs a shake up from the Williams and Sharapova era. Muguruza is the shining light right now, and there is a fair amount of pressure on her to take the women’s game into a new age”