Muguruza stuns Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title

Lynette Rowe
July 16, 2017

The ending was shockingly abrupt for fans who have been following the career of Williams and her sister, Serena, for more than two decades.

The 2017 Wimbledon Championships announced their first champion on Saturday as Garbine Muguruza throttled Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0, to clinch her second Grand Slam title and her first at SW19.

It was a curiously anti-climactic way for the final to end, as Muguruza sank to knees in tears, becoming the second Spanish woman since her stand-in coach Conchita Martinez to win the title.

Garbine Muguruza out-powered Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon title 7-5, 6-0.

"When I knew I was playing Venus in the final, I was actually looking forward to it", she said.

As the scoreboard showed the ball had bounced out at 40-30 in the final game, the Spaniard fell to the ground, before covering her face in an emotional celebration.

Venus Williams' dream run at Wimbledon didn't yield the fairy-tale ending that many hoped to witness on Saturday.

"Women have been having babies for centuries, so it isn't something new, but it's still a miracle to me", says Williams.

Federer already leads the pack in Grand Slam titles, and would make it 19 with a win against Marin Cilic. "Just credit to her for forcing the issue there". It became a remarkable display of sustained power and placement, combined with strong serving and even better returning.

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"I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, because they're very special". Muguruza, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2015 but lost to Serena, won last year's French Open.

Federer will break the all-time record for men's singles titles with victory on Centre Court on Sunday with his eighth, overtaking William Renshaw and Pete Sampras's seven. "I didn't realize that she beat Venus (in Rome) until about two or three days ago and I was like, 'Oh, my god, no way".

Giggling: "I want to see if he's that elegant also dancing".

'For me was a challenge to have her, growing up watching her play.

"She's such an incredible player", Muguruza said of Williams. I've had a great two weeks.

"When I had those set points against me, I'm like, "Hey, it's normal". Then, this January, she got to the Australian Open final for the first time since 2003, losing to her sister, Serena. I didn't want to lose this time, because I know the difference. "When I'm on the court and I haven't had enough sleep, I just feel sluggish".

"It will be an unbelievable opportunity to be next to the incredible players that are in the final". Maybe oblivious to Martinez, Santana and the remaining 15,000 cheering her to the rafters of the roof which had covered the court throughout because of incessant spitting rain. So I was calm. It's just about getting over the line.

"I was expecting the best Venus, because I saw her (earlier in the tournament) and she was playing very [well]", Muguruza noted. "I believe I can do that".

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