Wimbledon 2017 - Muguruza crowned the new queen of grass
A French Open winner last year, Garbiñe Muguruza won her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon on Saturday, beating Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 17 minutes.
Garbiñe Muguruza experienced a whole gamut of emotions after securing the Wimbledon women’s singles title on Saturday, falling to her knees on the Centre Court and then shedding a tear or two before getting to her feet, looking longingly at her entourage and bursting into laughter. Following a hard-fought first set in which she and Venus Williams traded blow for blow, the Spaniard motored to her second Grand Slam title – her first having come last year at Roland-Garros – and sealed a 7-5, 6-0 win in an hour and 17 minutes as the American’s game fell apart.
The admirable Williams can nevertheless take a lot of credit for her efforts. At 37 she was the oldest women’s singles finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, who, as fate would have it, was beaten on that occasion by Conchita Martinez. In the absence of Sam Sumyk, who stayed home in California for the birth of his first child, it is former world No.2 Martinez who has been by Muguruza’s side over the last fortnight, a role she has performed before as Spain captain in the Fed Cup.
Williams was simply overrun after being edged out in a tight first set, one the five-time champion came close to winning herself when forcing two break points on the Spaniard’s serve at 5-4. While Muguruza saved the second with a big serve, it was the first of those two missed opportunities that Williams will rue the most, with the American dumping a forehand into the net at the end of a gripping 20-stroke rally. It proved to be a costly mistake – the older of the Williams sisters failed to win another game after that.
After saving two set points in the first, the Spaniard reeled off nine games in a row to storm to the title
Too strong and too fast for her opponent from that point on, Muguruza made short work of Williams, breaking her in the next game and then holding serve to seal the first set. While the winners flowed from her racquet, the American was unable to stem her unforced-error count. Making her first appearance in a Grand Slam final since the French last year, “Garbi” did not waver when the time came to finish the match off, racing through the second set in a mere 26 minutes. “Congratulations Garbine,” said Williams during the trophy ceremony. “I know how hard you work and I’m sure this means so much to you and your family. Well done today, beautiful. I tried my best to do the things you do - but I think there will be other opportunities.”
Wearing the widest of smiles, the 2017 Wimbledon champion then stepped up to the mic. “I had I think the hardest match today against Venus,” said Muguruza. “She is such an incredible player, I grew up watching her play… sorry,” she added, apologising to the American for drawing attention to her age. “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.” There can be no arguing about that.