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On Saturday, Venus Williams failed to get her sixth Wimbledon title, losing in straight sets to Spanish player Garbine Muguruza. This is the 23-year-old player’s first Wimbledon title and second Grand slam title this year.

In the first set, Williams seemed competitive and focused with her forehand seeming stronger than ever, but after failing to cash in on three set points, Muguruza came back and won the first set 7-5. Sadly, in the second set it appeared that the 37-year-old lost her focus and confidence, losing 0-6.

Always classy, during the awards ceremony she told Muguruza, “Well done today. Beautiful.”

“There have been a lot of beautiful moments the past couple of weeks,” she added.

Williams said she missed her sister Serena, who is expecting her first child, but promised to be back.

“I played my best, but it just wasn’t my time,” she said.

However, the five-time Wimbledon champ shouldn’t walk away with her head down.

This was her second Grand Slam final this year losing to her baby sis in the Australian Open in January. She was also the oldest player to reach a Wimbledon final since 1968, the Los Angeles Times noted.

Williams also got this far in the coveted tournament despite her recent personal drama of being sued for a car accident that killed a man (police have determined that she legally entered the intersection before the accident). Not to mention, in 2011 she announced that she had been diagnosed Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that “zapped her energy and forced her to alter her diet and curtail her training,” the New York Times wrote.

Venus is the epitome of resilience—both physically and emotionally.

Despite losing today, her fans and colleagues praised her and thanked her for all she has brought to the game over the past 20 years:

We can’t wait to see you at the US Open Venus!


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