Spanish Garbine Muguruza on Saturday won her first Wimbledon title after defeating Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 in straight sets.
This is her second grand slam title after she won the 2016 French Open.
Muguruza took just one hour and 17 minutes to beat five-time winner Venus Williams.
The Spaniard brought her power game, increasing the tempo and ferocity of her ground strokes at the end of a closely contested first set to take it 7-5 and stamp her authority on the match.
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Speaking after the match, Muguruza praised Williams. “I grew up watching her play so it was incredible to play the final with her,” said Muguruza, to laughter from the crowd under the Centre Court’s closed roof. “I had the hardest match against such an incredible player. I feel lucky to play her here. Of course I was nervous because I always dreamt to be here. The first set was very tough, we both had a lot of chances, so I was glad to make it.”
Runner-up Venus William heaped praises on her opponent. “Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work, I’m sure this means so much to you and your family. “Thanks to my team who have been here day in and day out”, she said.
“I miss Serena. I tried my best to do the things you do – but I think there will be other opportunities”, she added.
The whole of the second set lasted just 26 minutes, and ended in fitting fashion when Muguruza successfully appealed to Hawkeye over a final forehand going long from the American.