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Muguruza wins Wimbledon title

15 July 2017 National Sport


Spaniard becomes a two-time Grand Slam champion following her French Open success in 2016

Last Updated: 15/07/17 3:58pm

Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams in straight sets

Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams in straight sets

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title and ended Venus Williams’ hopes of becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion in Saturday’s women’s final.

Muguruza beat the in-form Williams in their first meeting on grass 7-5 6-0 as the Spanish 14th seed emulated her coach Conchita Martinez’s memorable triumph in 1994 and made up for her own pain of losing to Serena Williams two years ago to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Back in the All England Club final after an eight-year absence, Williams, 37, was hoping to become both the oldest Wimbledon and major winner since the Open era began in 1968, but was unable to claim a sixth Wimbledon title as Muguruza’s power proved too hot to handle.

Williams created the first opening of what was turning into a slug-fest in the fifth game, but she netted a presentable opportunity on the forehand side.

Williams congratulates Muguruza (L) on her win

Williams congratulates Muguruza (L) on her win

Williams congratulates Muguruza (L) on her win

The 23-year-old held before driving her forehand long with her own break point chance in the next game.

Under the Centre Court roof it was Williams who turned the screw with some juicy groundstrokes to earn two set points. But the Spaniard held steady following a tumultuous 19-shot rally to come through under immense pressure.

Williams crumbled in the second set

Williams crumbled in the second set

Williams crumbled in the second set

And Muguruza made Williams pay with a break in the 11th game before delighting her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Conchita Martinez, by holding an intensely physical service game to take it 7-5 after 51 minutes of action.

A double fault by veteran Williams handed Muguruza a break at the start of the second set as she began to make more unforced errors.

Two more breaks of Williams’ serve followed as Muguruza took a stranglehold of the final and she closed out a bagel set to complete a remarkable turnaround.

She will take home £2.2m in prize money, with runner-up Williams, in the Wimbledon final for the first time in eight years, netting £1.1m.

Garbine Muguruza v Venus Williams: Match Stats

1 Aces 3
2 Double faults 5
77% 1st serve win percentage 61%
50% 2nd serve win percentage 33%
6/10 Net points won 6/13
4/7 Break points won 0/3
14 Winners 17
11 Unforced errors 25
67 Total points won 50

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