August 21, 2017

Muguruza subdues Venus to win Wimbledon title

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Saturday won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams.

The 23-year-old saved two set points and won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-0 victory under the Centre Court roof.

Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era.

It is 14th seed Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.

“I had the hardest match today against Venus,” said Muguruza.

“She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play – sorry,” she added, to the watching American.

“I feel incredible to be able to play her here. Of course I’m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed.”

Having lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, Muguruza becomes the second Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title after her coach, Conchita Martinez.

She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.

A close contest was forecast, and for 40 minutes it proved impossible to separate the two finalists as their impressive serves dominated.

Williams had her chance to take control but failed to convert two set points at 5-4, and her challenge faded dramatically as the last nine games went to Muguruza.

“I miss Serena,” Williams said afterwards, with her sister back in the US awaiting the birth of her first child.

“I tried my best to do the things you do – but I think there will be other opportunities.”

Williams had opened the match with an ace, and Muguruza with a double fault, and it was the American who held a narrow edge as the first set unfolded.

A first break point disappeared into the net at 3-2 before Muguruza missed her chance with a wayward forehand return in the following game.

When the Spaniard’s first serve momentarily let her down it presented Williams with two set points, but she succumbed in a gripping 20-stroke rally, and then sent a return long.

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