Garbiñe Muguruza takes Wimbledon title after dominating Venus Williams

Garbiñe Muguruza beats Venus Williams
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10th seed Garbiñe Muguruza defeats 14th seed Venus Williams in a one-sided final to win her first Wimbledon championship. The Spaniard saved two set points in the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-0 victory at the All England Club.

Muguruza now has two grand slams to her name, having won the French Open in 2016. The 23-year old started unconvincingly but gradually settled into the match. The American looked more comfortable than the Spaniard in the early goings but a slight dip in form enabled the Spaniard to take over. The 2015 finalist broke Williams four consecutive times, starting at 5-5 in the first set. She never looked back from that moment, taking every game after in a match that lasted one hour and eighteen minutes.

Post-match interviews

Williams, a five-time champion here, went into her post-match interview to loud cheers from the crowd. The runner-up heaped praise on Muguruza, saying “Congratulations, Garbiñe. Amazing. I know how hard you work and I’m sure this means a lot to you and your family so, well done today, beautiful.”

The American continued by extending her gratitude to her team and family. “Thank you to my team who’s been here for me, day in, day out, and my family as well, I love you guys, it’s a lot of beautiful moments in the past couple of weeks.” She ended the interview with a message for her sister, Serena, “I miss you. I tried my best to do same things you do but I think there’d be other opportunities, I [really] do [think].”

On the other hand, Muguruza spoke about her thoughts regarding the match and her opponent. The Spaniard said, “Definitely. I had the hardest match today against Venus. She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play. I feel incredible to be able to play her here.” When suggested to her that she showed no sign of nerves, she replied, “I think it’s inside. Of course, I’m nervous. I always dreamed to be here. I was composed, I guess.”

Asked about the first set, she said, “It was tough. Both of us had a lot of chances but I’m glad I made it.” She continued, “I wanna thank my team that is here, Conchita [Martinez], my physio, my fitness trainer, Cecilia, everybody, because this is not only me, this is everybody. Two years ago, I lost in the finals against Serena and she told me one day, I’m gonna win and two years later, here I am.”

Williams starts comfortably

Under a closed roof at Centre Court, Williams served up an ace to kick off the match and while she had to go on the second serve thrice since, she finished the game off nicely with a backhand down the line to hold. Muguruza double faulted in her game’s first point but managed to hold her nerves despite what John McEnroe’s observation of her having an inconsistent forehand throughout the tournament. She held on to draw 1-1, however.

The American looked more comfortable at this moment and with her power on the serve, she did a straightforward hold. If the American had served well, Muguruza’s first serve was causing trouble for the 14th seed. The Spaniard controlled the points well to hold again. At 2-2, Williams continued her impeccable service game. She held her service game comfortably and then earned the first breakpoint of the match when she hit a crosscourt forehand past Muguruza at the net. Under early pressure, the Spaniard did well to save the breakpoint and eventually hold on.

It was Williams’ turn to start her game with a double fault this time but she immediately made up for it in style. First, she moved the Spaniard across the baseline and then won a net tussle in the next. However, a second double fault led to Muguruza getting an eventual breakpoint. Williams saved it and took the next point but a third double fault led to another deuce. Williams, who looked to have lost her serve, came up with an ace en route to making a well-fought hold.

Muguruza grows into the match

Muguruza seemed to find her groove in the next game and had made her most straightforward hold yet, powering her groundstrokes through to the 37-year-old American. The American focused on her own game however and responded with a win to love to lead 5-4. She earned the chance to break the Muguruza serve to take the opening set. The American turned defence to offence in the first game and finished with a backhand winner. Muguruza took the next point but her forehand let her down again and another error meant Williams had two break, and set, points. But Muguruza showed her determination.

After a long baseline rally, Williams netted a forehand. Muguruza saved the next set point to go deuce and digging deep, held on to draw level at 5-5 and stay alive in the set. Muguruza carried her momentum to Williams’ next service game. She earned two breakpoints to set herself up nicely to take the set. The American saved the first breakpoint but Muguruza took her opportunity in the second breakpoint to possibly close out the opening set.

In danger of losing the first set, Williams put in the effort rally after rally against the Muruguza serve but the Spaniard grabbed a 40-15 lead. The 14th seed saved the first with tremendous drive but netted her groundstroke in the next. Muguruza then took the first set.

Williams suffers as Muguruza dominates

Following her first set loss, Williams seemed to lose her focus. She immediately handed Muguruza two breakpoints in the second set’s opening game. A successful Muguruza challenge on what was called an ace forced Williams on a second serve which she netted and Muguruza found herself a break up early in the second set. Muguruza took firm control of the match in the next game as she raced to a 40-0 lead. And while the American found her groundstrokes working again to take the next two points, Muguruza consolidated the break.

By this time, Muguruza moved very well on court and hit her groundstrokes nicely amidst Williams’ attacks at the net. The American’s decision to venture towards the net suggested she wanted to finish the points early, the cause of which looked likely like fatigue. Muguruza was too good, however. She hit another backhand winner down the line and take a 3-0 lead, with a double break.

Muguruza continued her brilliant shotmaking and as her power matched Williams’, the American could do little to prevent the Spaniard taking a commanding 4-0 lead. Williams could not arrest the decline in her power and resolve as Muguruza broke her serve for the third consecutive time.

The prevailing atmosphere suggested the next game was only a formality. Muguruza raced to a 40-0 lead, earned three match points and while Williams saved the first two, a long groundstroke from the American, challenged successfully by Muguruza, earned the Spaniard her first title at Wimbledon.

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