Muguruza beats Williams to win Wimbledon
Garbine Muguruza has won the ladies’ singles Wimbledon title after a straight-sets win over Venus Williams.
The Spaniard strolled towards victory in the second set, winning 7-5 6-0 against an under-par Williams.
Five-time champion Williams was bidding to become the oldest female Grand Slam winner in the open era, but she capitulated in the second set.
The American lost her energy, both physically and mentally, after being broken at the end of the first set. She has had to deal with ongoing developments related to a fatal car crash she was involved in in the lead-up to the tournament and exceeded expectations to get to the final.
For Muguruza, it was second time lucky. She lost the 2015 final to Serena but made no mistake to win her first Wimbledon title.
The 23-year-old matched Williams throughout the first set. They traded blows all the way up to 5-5 before Muguruza broke to win the set.
At 4-5, Muguruza saved two set points and made Williams pay by breaking to lead 6-5. Muguruza held to take the first set.
That appeared to completely deflate Williams and Muguruza came out in the second set determined to finish the job.
Her prowess, power and elegance on the court dominated Williams entirely. Too many errors from the American gifted Muguruza key points – the type of errors that Williams simply was not making earlier in the tournament.
Muguruza took her chances when they were given to her, winning four out of seven break points and never losing on serve.
Williams simply lost energy and lost heart. One final stand in the last game saw the American save two match points but the result was clear long before that.