Muguruza Tops Venus Williams For First Wimbledon Title, Second Grand Slam
by Staff | July 15th, 2017, 1:36 pm

Garbine Muguruza captured her first Wimbledon title Saturday beating Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a 77-minute ladies’ final.

Serving 4-5, 15-40 in the first set, the 23-year-old Muguruza saved those two set points then reeled off the last nine games over an error-strewn Williams to collect her second career Grand Slam and avenge a loss to the younger Williams in the 2015 final.

“I always come very motivated to the Grand Slams,” Muguruza said. “Since I lost the final here, I wanted to change that. I came thinking, ‘I’m prepared, I feel good.’ During the tournament and the matches, I was feeling better and better. Every match, I was increasing my level.

“I think today, I played well.”

Muguruza finished with 14 winners to 11 unforced errors. She never dropped serve in her last three matches. Venus hit 17 winners while tossing in 25 unforced. And she won just six points on serve in the second set.

But the key moment of the match were those missed set points in the first set.

“When I had those set points against me, I’m like, ‘Hey, it’s normal. I’m playing Venus here.'” Muguruza said. “So I just kept fighting, and I knew that if I was playing like I was playing during the two weeks, I was going to have eventually an opportunity.

“I was calm. Even If I lost the first set, I’d still have two more. Let’s not make a drama, you know.”

Muguruza, who was in her third Slam final (all facing Williams sisters), beat Serena to win the French Open last year and now denies Venus. In doing so, she becomes the first player to have wins over both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.

Muguruza’s title was just the fourth of her career, meaning half her wins are Slam! She’ll climb from No. 14 in the rankings back to the Top 5 at No. 5.

“I’m happy that once again I see myself winning a Grand Slam, something that is so hard to do,” Muguruza said. “It means a lot. It means a lot of confidence.”

Venus was bidding for her first Grand Slam title and first Wimbledon since winning on the grass in 2008. She suffers her first loss in the Wimbledon finals to someone other than Serena. Remarkably at the age of 37, Venus has more Grand Slam victories in 2017 than any other woman. She’ll have another chance of becoming the oldest women’s Grand Slam champion in the Open Era at the US Open.

“She played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match,” Venus said. “I’ve had a great two weeks. I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer.”

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5 Comments for Muguruza Tops Venus Williams For First Wimbledon Title, Second Grand Slam

Willow Says:

Good on you Garbine, cute girl, and good to see you getting back in the GS winners circle, great to see Venus putting herself back into GS contention again, and always classy in defeat, agree with J-Kath from the other thread on how lovely Venus is looking too ….

AndyMira Says:

Hey Squirrel!…I answered u here k?First of all sorry for the late reply…there’s no internet in my mom in laws house..had to get out somewhere first before replying to u…If u’re already sent me a friend request on FB,it’ll have to wait till tomorrow before i’m able to accept u okay?Sorry once again Squirrel!

About Mugu,yeah..i’m very happy for her…even tho felt for Venus but Mugu also deserves this win after her disapppointment in Paris…I wish Simona will learn something from Mugu and will win her own slam one day….I love Simona and want her win slam so bad!…

Btw Squirrel,from your real i right to assume that you’re a Muslim?If so,very very glad to have a fellow Muslims on here…

Margot Says:

Congrats to Garbine. Sorry for Venus. And congrats to squirrel too.

chrisford1 Says:

Garbine – While of course paying homage to Venus, said this:

“”But,” Muguruza said, “we want new names and new faces so, c’mon.”

On the woman’s side especially. 20 years of it Being-All-About-The-Williams-Sistas, the Shavapova glam market…hungers for change.

Men? Tougher. All Big 4 plus Stan, play a far more multifaceted game than the 1-dimensional scream and pound 20 year unchanging game of Sharapova and Venus. And ieven if one is hated by fans or some person showing up on comments 26 times to say how “bored he is with Andy: -tend to be more liked by media and fans than the Williamses.

RZ Says:

Congrats to Muguruza, and also to Squirrel!

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