Muguruza Stuns Venus To Win First Wimbledon Title
Spirited Garbine Muguruza clinched a maiden Wimbledon title on Saturday with a stunning 7-5 6-0 demolition of Venus Williams.
The dreams of a fairytale victory of the American 10th seed at the age of 37 were blown apart in a devastating second set.
After some tense early exchanges, 23-year-old Muguruza cut loose, winning nine straight games to claim a second grand slam title to add to last year’s French Open.
The Spaniard fell to the floor in celebration after clinching victory in an hour and 17 minutes. It was her second Wimbledon final, having lost to Venus’s sister Serena on the same stage in 2015.
In the first women’s final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards a captivating conclusion.
It included several tests of nerve for the battling Spaniard who showed an almost iron will not to give an inch even as Venus upped the aggression levels with ferocious intent.
Muguruza saved three break points, which included two tension-filled set points in the 10th game, the first of which saw the Spaniard emerge with a clenched fist from an epic 19-shot rally.
She took the first set when Venus netted a backhand and then put her foot on the floor with astonishing brutality.
She also broke on three straight occasions in the second set as Venus seemed to hit a mental and physical wall.
When the five-time winner could barely get her racket on a vicious forehand, it gave the Spaniard three match points but in keeping with a messy second set, she needed two Hawk-eye challenges to put the beleaguered American out of her misery.
As the scoreboard showed the ball had bounced out at 40-30, she dropped her racket and fell to the ground, before covering her face in an emotional celebration.