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Garbine Muguruza stuns Venus Williams to clinch a first Wimbledon title

Muguruza took the title with a 7-5, 6-0 performance.

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Updated at 16.38

GARBINE MUGURUZA STORMED to her first Wimbledon title and shattered Venus Williams’ history bid with a majestic 7-5, 6-0 victory in Saturday’s final.

Muguruza overwhelmed Williams with a supreme display of power hitting in 77 minutes on Centre Court to become only the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon.

Watched from the Royal Box by King Juan Carlos of Spain, the 23-year-old finally got her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish two years after losing to the American’s sister Serena in her maiden Wimbledon final.

“I had the hardest match today against Venus. She’s such an incredible player and I grew up watching her play…sorry,” Muguruza told the Centre Court crowd.

It was her second Grand Slam title to add to her 2016 French Open victory.

She had also been runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final.

“I feel incredible to be able to play Venus here. Of course I’m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed,” she said.

“Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I was going to win.”

Muguruza was coached at Wimbledon by Conchita Martinez, the first Spanish woman to lift the trophy at the All England Club in 1994.

Martinez was standing in for Sam Sumyk who sat out Wimbledon to stay at home with his pregnant wife.

When asked if she had a message for Sumyk, Muguruza lifted the trophy towards the TV camera.

“Here it is,” she said.

Williams, playing in her ninth Wimbledon final, had two set points in the opener.

However, she was unable to convert them and Muguruza won all of the remaining nine games of the final.

“Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work and I’m sure this means so much to you and your family,” said the American.

“Thanks to my team who have been here day in and day out.”

She also spared a thought for sister Serena, the seven-time champion at Wimbledon, who did not defend her title this year as she prepares to give birth to her first baby next month.

“I miss Serena,” said Williams who won just 12 points in the 24-minute second set.

“I tried my best to do the things you do — but I think there will be other opportunities.”

© – AFP, 2017

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