Muguruza overpowers Venus to claim Wimbledon glory

Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon crown after beating veteran Venus Williams in straight sets in front of a packed Centre Court crowd.

Under a closed roof, the Spaniard came out on top in a hard-fought first set before running away with it in the second for an emphatic 7-5, 6-0 victory. 

It's Muguruza's second Grand Slam triumph, following her victory at the French Open last year.

At 37, Williams was a full 14 years older than her opponent, having turned professional when Muguruza was just one year old, but the initial signs suggested the American was going to be very competitive.

With both players measuring in at over six feet tall, boasting booming serves and powerful groundstrokes, the match quickly turned into a real slugfest from the baseline, with only the occasional foray up to the net.

There was no clear winner in the early battle for dominance, Williams and Muguruza both holding serve pretty comfortably, though a combination of some real power hitting from Venus and a couple of mishit forehands from Muguruza had the American just shading the opening exchanges.

Williams earned the first break point at 2-3 thanks to a big forehand winner, but she couldn't make it count, firing into the net despite having an open court beckoning, which allowed Muguruza to get out of trouble with a couple of big serves. 

Despite her age, Williams was moving around the court superbly, getting herself in position to line up the big shot time and time again. But Muguruza was also coming into her own, some big hitting twice forcing Venus into the unforced error as she earned her first break point at 3-3 – with only Williams' serve coming to the rescue.

The relentless power from Williams had Muguruza under more pressure at 4-5, as the Spaniard's first serve also briefly went missing. Williams earned two break and set points but Muguruza was able to fight her way out of trouble and claim what turn out to be a crucial hold.

Taking the momentum into the next game, Muguruza was able to seize the initiative and set up a break point. Venus saved it but soon found herself in more trouble. This time, Muguruza cut out the errors to win a lengthy rally and take a 6-5 lead.

Williams tried her utmost to find a way back in the next game, stretching Muguruza and forcing her all over the court, but the Spaniard displayed some superb defensive skills to hold and clinch set point.

Muguruza did not let up early in the second set. She had Williams under loads more pressure in her opening service game, and after fending off a first break point, a tired second serve into the net handed Muguruza the early break.

That was the beginning of the end for Venus. Muguruza comfortably held for a 2-0 lead and then turned the screws in Williams' next service game to clinch a second straight break and make it 3-0.

Now in total control, Muguruza raced into a 4-0 lead after winning a high-tempo baseline rally courtesy of a stunning forehand winner.

And there were three break more break points on offer for Muguruza in the next game as she opened up a 0-40 lead. She only needed one to make it 5-0 after another rally ended in her favour.

It did not take long for Muguruza to earn three match points on her serve, and after Williams saved the first two, a challenged a line call saw the point, the match and the title go the Spaniard's way.

“I had the hardest match today against Venus. She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play,” Muguruza said after the match.

“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.

“Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I was going to win.”

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