Wimbledon Day 12: Muguruza crushes Venus Williams to claim first Wimbledon title

Garbine Muguruza made up for losing in the Wimbledon final two years ago, as the 14th seed crushed five-time winner Venus Williams in the final to claim her first Wimbledon title.

The 23-year-old had to save two set points in the first set, before the 2015 French Open winner went on run of nine consecutive games to stun Williams 7-5 6-0 to clinch her second grand slam title.

Garbine Murguruza lost in the final to Serena Williams two years ago
image: wimbledon.com

Williams missed the chance to become the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era, as the 37-year-old’s wait for a first major title since 2008 goes on after defeat in her ninth Wimbledon final.

The veteran Williams had her chance to take a foothold on the match as a first break point disappeared into the net at 3-2 and then it was the 14th seed’s turn to miss a break with a wayward forehand return in the following game.

Muguruza dug deep to save two set points at 5-4 winning a gripping 20-stroke rally and seeing a Williams return go long before she scored the vital break in the 11th game, which would be a huge turning point the match.

The American’s forehand deserted her with four errors in a row allowing Murguruza take a 6-5 lead with a superb lob, before the 2015 French Open champion sealed the first set when Williams sent a backhand into the net.

Murguruza carried her momentum into the second set as Williams double faulted to drop serve in the opening game and there was to be no way back into the match for the 37-year-old from there.

The Spaniard broke her opponent again for 3-0 when Williams steered a volley into the tram lines and it was four breaks in a row for the Spaniard to take a 5-0 lead, after a backhand winner from the five-time champion flew wide.

Muguruza sealed the title on her third championship point, after correctly challenging that a Williams’ forehand landed long to become the second Spanish female after coach Conchita Martinez in 1994 to triumph at Wimbledon.

The victory capped off an amazing tournament for the Spaniard, who beat top seed Angelique Kerber on her way to the title and also crushed surprise semi-finalist Magdalena Rybairikova in the final four.

After finally ending a 13-month wait for a second major title, Muguruza said it was a dream come true to win the Wimbledon title against a player she admires so much.

“I had the hardest match today against Venus,” said the 23-year-old.

“She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play. 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.”

Tomorrow it is the turn of the men as seventh seed Marin Cilic looks to win his first Wimbledon title and deny 18-time grand slam winner Roger Federer a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title.

You can check out more results from the penultimate day at Wimbledon at this link.

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