Garbine Muguruza clinched her maiden Wimbledon title on Saturday with a stunning 7-5, 6-0 demolition of Venus Williams, whose dreams of a fairytale victory at the age of 37 were blown apart in a devastating second set.
After some tense early exchanges, the Spaniard cut loose, winning nine straight games to claim a second grand slam title to add to last year's French Open.
The 23-year-old fell to floor in celebration after clinching victory in an hour and 17 minutes. It was her second Wimbledon final, having lost to Venus's sister Serena at the same stage in 2015.
“Two years ago I lost in the final to Serena and she told me one day I was going to maybe win and hey, two years after here I am," she said in a courtside interview.
When asked if she had a message for her coach Sam Sumyk, who is absent as his wife is expecting a baby, she held the trophy aloft and said: "Here it is."
Here's the winning moment from Muguruza's win.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2017
Twitter was abuzz with congratulatory messages for the Spaniard, who has now played two finals since 2016 — the French Open final last year and Wimbledon final on Saturday — and won both.
Half of Garbiñe Muguruza's 4 career titles are slams. No open era player has ever won so few titles at the time of their 2nd slam. Madness. — Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) July 15, 2017
There was plenty of praise for 37-year-old Venus as well, who had a tremendous fortnight, becoming the oldest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Martina Navratilova in 1994.
Feel for Venus, but she didn't need to win to validate anything. She's shown all year she remains a transcendent, ageless champ. #Wimbledon
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 15, 2017
But the exceptional grace that Venus Williams can muster at her most disappointed & heartbroken is something that goes beyond sport, for me. — Hannah Wilks (@newballsplease) July 15, 2017
Fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal congratulated Muguruza on the title, calling it a "great success for Spanish tennis".
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) July 15, 2017
Other Spanish celebrities, from actors to footballers, also hailed the champion.
— Marcos Llorente (@Marcos_Llorente) July 15, 2017
There was plenty of love for Muguruza from the tennis community as well.
— David Ferrer (@DavidFerrer87) July 15, 2017
— Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) July 15, 2017
— Carla Suarez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) July 15, 2017
The Wimbledon champion herself was quick to celebrate on Twitter, posting a photo of herself with the Venus Rosewater Dish an hour after the title ceremony.
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) July 15, 2017
With inputs from Reuters
Published Date: Jul 15, 2017 10:39 pm | Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 10:39 pm