Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title with a straight-set win over five-time champion Venus Williams.
The Spaniard overcame two set points by Venus Williams to rally and win the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over 37-year-old American. Venus was bidding to become the oldest women in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title.
It is 14th seed Muguruza’s second Grand Slam title after her French Open triumph over Serena Williams in 2016.
Back in the Wimbledon final after an eight-year absence, Williams had hoped to clinch a sixth All England title, nine years after she last lifted the trophy. Instead, she paid the price for a surprisingly nerve-ridden display that condemned her to a second Grand Slam disappointment this year following her Australian Open final loss against Serena.
Muguruza Gains Back Her Mojo
Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title in Paris, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10. But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and will climb to fifth when the new rankings are confirmed next week. Remarkably, of her four tour-level titles, two are now Grand Slams.
The match was played under a closed roof on Centre Court, the first time a women’s final had been played indoors. The 14th-seeded Muguruza, who beat Serena to win the 2016 French Open, is now the first player to beat both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam final.
“I only play against the Williams sisters. It’s incredible,” Muguruza said after the match. “I like it. It’s the best final you can get — Serena or Venus. And to play [Venus] here … she has won five times, she’s an expert.
“I don’t know. Finally a Spanish girl can play on grass.”
Muguruza, playing at Wimbledon for a fifth time, dropped the least number of games at this year’s tournament, losing only 44 during the fortnight. She is the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon, joining her coach, Conchita Martinez, who beat a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova in 1994
Venus was playing in her ninth Wimbledon singles final, having won five — in 2000, ’01, ’05, ’07 and ’08. She has an overall singles record of 87-15 at Wimbledon.