MUGURUZA IS WIMBLEDON CHAMPION
Spaniard stuns Venus to win her maiden Wimbledon crown
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.