Garbiñe Muguruza beats Venus Williams to win her maiden Wimbledon title
Garbiñe Muguruza with the Venus Rosewater Dish (Image credit- AFP)
Garbiñe Muguruza romped to her maiden Wimbledon title after she went past the veteran Venus Williams at the Centre Court on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Muguruza outplayed Williams 7-6, 6-0 in a 77-minute contest and became the second Spanish women’s player to lift the Wimbledon title after her coach Conchita Martinez, who had won the tournament way back in 1994 beating the legendary Martina Navratilova. She was beaten by Serena Williams two years back when she had reached her maiden Wimbledon final.
It was Garbiñe’s second major title after she had clinched the French Open last year.
With this win, she shattered Williams’ hopes of becoming the oldest player to win a major title in the Open era after she made it to the finals of the Wimbledon for the first time in nine years.
She fought out an evenly contested first set one after she broke Williams’ lead and then accumulated two more points to win the set 7-5.
But the 14th seed Muguruza totally dominated in the second set as she did not leave any room for Williams to make a comeback. In the end, she raced to a 6-0 victory which helped her clinch her maiden Wimbledon title.
After the win, she said, “I had the hardest match today against Venus. She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play so it was so hard playing her today. She was an inspiration, and I feel incredible to play her here.”
Reflecting upon her defeat to Venus’ sister Serena two years back, she said, “Two years ago I lost in final to Serena and she said I would win one today, and two years later here I am. There will be a big party to celebrate for sure.”
A thoroughly dejected Williams’ who made 10 unforced errors in the second set as compared to Garbiñe’s one, congratulated the Spaniard on her achievement and said that she missed her sister Serena.
“Congratulations Garbine, amazing. I know how hard you work and I’m sure this means so much to you and your family. Well done today, beautiful,” she said.
She also added, “I miss you Serena. I tried to do what you do but I think there will be other opportunities.”