Muguruza Blows Away Venus to Take First Wimbledon Crown

July 15, 2017 Updated: July 15, 2017

LONDON—Garbine Muguruza clinched a 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 on 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.”

 Spain's Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams of the U.S. pose with their respective winner and runner up trophies after the final on July 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams of the U.S. pose with their respective winner and runner up trophies after the final on July 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs

In the first women’s final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built toward a captivating conclusion.

It included several tests of nerve for the battling Spaniard, who showed an almost iron will not to give an inch even as Venus upped the aggression levels with ferocious intent.

Muguruza saved three break points, which included two tension-filled set points in the 10th game, the first of which saw the Spaniard emerge with a clenched fist from an epic 19-shot rally.

It was then her turn to go on the offensive. She crafted her third break point of the set when Venus netted a forehand and took her chance when the American sent a second forehand long after another lengthy exchange.

She took the first set when Venus netted a backhand and then put her foot to the floor with astonishing brutality.

She broke on three straight occasions in the second set as Venus seemed to hit a mental and physical wall.

When the five-times winner could barely get her racket to a vicious forehand, it gave the Spaniard three match points, but in keeping with a messy second set, she needed two Hawk-eye challenges to put the beleaguered American out of her misery.

As the scoreboard showed the ball had bounced out at 40-30, she dropped her racket and fell to the ground, before covering her face in an emotional celebration.

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy as she celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.     REUTERS/Matthew Childs
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy as she celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Spain's Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy as she celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs)
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy as she celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. (REUTERS/Matthew Childs)

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza with Venus Williams of the U.S. after winning their final match   REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza with Venus Williams of the U.S. after winning their final match REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Venus Williams of the U.S. poses with the runner up trophy after losing the final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza   REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Venus Williams of the U.S. poses with the runner up trophy after losing the final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts during the final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza     REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts during the final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.     REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during the final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza    REUTERS/David Ramos/Pool
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during the final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/David Ramos/Pool

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.     REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.     REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.     REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza celebrates winning the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during the final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza    REUTERS/Tony O'Brien
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during the final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Tony O’Brien

Tennis - Wimbledon - London, Britain - July 15, 2017   Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during the final against Venus Williams of the U.S.   REUTERS/Matthew Childs
Tennis – Wimbledon – London, Britain – July 15, 2017 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during the final against Venus Williams of the U.S. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

By Toby Davis