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Muguruza eclipses Venus to take first Wimbledon crown

Last updated on: July 15, 2017 21:21 IST

Spain's Garbine Muguruza is ecstatic after winning championship point to claim the Wimbledon title during the final against USA's Venus Williams at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London on Saturday

IMAGE: Spain's Garbine Muguruza is ecstatic after winning championship point to claim the Wimbledon title during the final against USA's Venus Williams at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London on Saturday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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.

Venus Williams of The United States reacts

IMAGE: Venus Williams of The United States reacts. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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."

In the first women's final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards 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.

Garbine Muguruza plays a backhand

IMAGE: Garbine Muguruza plays a backhand. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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.

Venus Williams plays a backhand shot

IMAGE: Venus Williams plays a backhand shot. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

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.

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