My prediction from yesterday was correct, Serena Williams did indeed win the ladies' final - not that I was expecting anything else.
However, it was a closer and harder fought match that I had been fearing. For the first time in a few years the match was contested; yes it was won in two sets, but Garbine Muguruza did put up a jolly good fight. She actually broke Serena in the first game and was on course to take the first set until Serena broke back and then took charge of the set and the beginning of the second. I did fear that the second set would be a rout. However, nerves seemed to overtake Serena somewhat as she was serving for the match and at the same time Garbine refound her game and broke, held and broke again, during which she played some superb tennis - it was so good that at one point Serena applauded her.
Whatever nerves Garbine must have been feeling, she managed for the most part to keep in check and it was a good final. Not an epic, but a good final - far better than I feared it would be. Garbine can walk away knowing she played her best and with her head held high. Serena was also full of praise for Garbine in her 'chat' with Sue Barker - which was again really lovely to see.
Jamie Murray and John Peers sadly went out very tamely in their men's doubles match, falling in straight sets. Whereas Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the ladies' doubles after coming back from a set down.
Today sees the world number one (Novak Djokovic) up against the world number two (Roger Federer) in a repeat of last year's final. Given their history it should be a jolly good, jolly close match - now watch it be over in straight sets *g* Their head to head is twenty to Roger and nineteen to Novak, so far too close to call. When it comes to stats for this year's Wimbledon, Roger's are generally a bit better than Novak overall and he has spent far less time on court. However, stats only take you so far. I think it's too close to call. Having said that I shall make a prediction *g*
My predictions for the men's final:
Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer - Novak Djokovic
I'm sticking with Novak not only because I went for him from day one, well before day one, but also because if the match does go to five or maybe even four (if they are long) sets I think his fitness and the fact he is a few years younger than Roger will give him the edge. Plus, I he'll have the extra incentive of having lost the French Open and as world number one, he really won't want to lose two GS finals in a row. Having said that, of course, Roger has the added incentive of being in a position to hold the most Wimbledon titles on his own. So both men really do have a huge incentive. But I am going to stick with Novak.
Martina Hingis takes to the court again today with her partner Leander Paes for the mixed doubles final. Can Martina do the double?