Spa­niard stuns Venus to win her maiden Wim­ble­don crown

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Lon­don, UK - Gar­bine Mugu­ruza stormed to her first Wim­ble­don ti­tle and shat­tered Venus Wil­liams' his­tory bid with a ma­jes­tic 7-5, 6-0 vic­tory in Satur­day's fi­nal.

Mugu­ruza over­whelmed Venus with a supreme dis­play of power hit­ting in 77 min­utes on Cen­tre Court to be­come only the sec­ond Span­ish woman to win Wim­ble­don.

Watched from the Royal Box by King Juan Car­los of Spain, the 23 year old fi­nally got her hands on the Venus Rose­wa­ter Dish two years af­ter los­ing to the Amer­i­can's sis­ter Ser­ena in her maiden Wim­ble­don fi­nal.

Fit­tingly, it was Mugu­ruza's cur­rent coach Con­chita Martinez who was the first woman to raise the Span­ish flag at Wim­ble­don in 1994 when she de­feated Martina Navratilova.

"The first set was tough. We both had a lot of chances. I'm glad I took mine," Mugu­ruza said.

"Two years ago I lost in the fi­nal against Ser­ena and she told me I would win one day. Here I am. Fi­nally!"

Venezuela-born Mugu­ruza's sec­ond Grand Slam ti­tle, fol­low­ing her French Open tri­umph last year, de­nied Venus, 37, in her at­tempt to be­come the old­est Wim­ble­don cham­pion in the Open era. Back in the Wim­ble­don fi­nal af­ter an eight-year ab­sence, Venus paid the price for a sur­pris­ingly nerve-rid­den dis­play that con-

demned her to a sec­ond Grand Slam dis­ap­point­ment this year fol­low­ing her Australian Open fi­nal loss against Ser­ena.

"Con­grat­u­la­tions Gar­bine. I know how hard you work," Venus said. "I tried my best to do the things Ser­ena does, but I think there will be other op­por­tu­ni­ties."

With per­sis­tent driz­zle blan­ket­ing the All Eng­land Club, Venus and Mugu­ruza were com­pet­ing in the first Wim­ble­don fi­nal to be­gin un­der the roof. De­spite her ninth All Eng­land Club fi­nal, Venus showed anx­i­ety in her er­rorstrewn game. For­ti­fied by a cross-court win­ner to bring up break point at 3-2, Venus looked poised to seize con­trol, but in­stead hit a tame fore­hand into the net to let Mugu­ruza off the hook. Gifted two set point at 4-5, Venus couldn't de­liver the knock­out blow and Mugu­ruza over-pow­ered her in a grip­ping rally to save the first be­fore scram­bling out on the sec­ond.

Mugu­ruza had the mo­men­tum now, her pierc­ing ground­strokes grad­u­ally mov­ing Venus into enough awk­ward ar­eas to land the key first break at 5-5. Venus was rat­tled by Mugu- ruza's bar­rage, fa­tally al­low­ing the Spa­niard's lob to drop in and present her with set points that she glee­fully gob­bled up.

Still reel­ing from the shock of los­ing the first set, she served up a limp dou­ble fault on break point to hand Mugu­ruza the lead at the start of the sec­ond set. Venus was shat­tered and Mugu­ruza went for the kill that in the blink of an eye she had bro­ken twice more to take a 5-0 lead and then seal the ti­tle.

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