Only Evonne Goolagong Cawley, the second woman to be No. 1, had a shorter time at the top, just two weeks.
Muguruza, who made the French Open quarter-finals this year, saved nine set points in the opener on her way to a first appearance in the second week at Wimbledon.
This will be the 26th all-Williams matchup, and first at a major since Serena beat Venus in the 2009 Wimbledon final. “It’s a little frustrating because I know I have to play her”.
(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). Venus Williams of the United States returns a ball to Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. All of them won their matches with relative ease. And we’ve seen different results, especially at Wimbledon. “You just have no clue”, David Witt, who coaches Venus, told The Associated Press. Weve seen good matches.
There used to be a conspiracy theory that the outcome of regular Wimbledon meetings between the Williams sisters was decided over breakfast in their shared rented house.
Seventeen years after their first tour-level meeting at the Australian Open, the sisters are still as relentlessly competitive as they were when Richard first put a racket in their hands as means to escape crime-plagued Compton.
I think were both more mature.
Williams has not won 20 Grand Slams without being a fighter, though, and she dug deep once again to break back and go on to win. I think it really helped me and pushed me.
Top seed Williams eventually triumphed 6-2 4-6 7-5 to set up a last-16 clash with big sister Venus, but not before Watson showed she had the mettle to match it with the world’s best.
At stake is a fourth straight Grand Slam title for Serena (as well as a career No. 21) and the third notch in a quest for a calendar year Grand Slam.
British number one Heather Watson gave top seed Serena Williams a huge scare before losing a thrilling third-round match at Wimbledon.
Serena leads their head-to-head competition 14-11.
She couldnt play better, Mouratoglou said about Watson. But it’s tough. It’s tough watching.
“When they play, emotions are such an important component of the match-up” said ESPN’s Chris Evert. “Forget about who’s on the other side.'”. “I’m practicing next to her every day and I’m in awe of how she’s doing”.
Williams was full of praise for Watson after coming through what could prove to be her sternest challenge of this fortnight.
That would be Venus versus Serena – the Williams sisters, far from their roots in Compton in their rise to a collective 27 major titles.
“Where do I start?” asked Serena, when asked to chart Venus’ tennis legacy.
Since 2011, when Venus announced she was living with the autoimmune deficiency Sjogren’s Syndrome, the writing of her story has been more about perseverance than it has been about records, titles or major triumphs. She’s been so inspiring to me.
“Well, you know, it’s unfortunate that it’s so soon. But we’re going to do the best that we can”.
“It’s just been awesome for me to follow in her footsteps in terms of getting equal prize money here, just stepping up to the plate and being that person”.