Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title on Saturday (July 15) with a stunning victory over Venus Williams.
Venus’ dreams of a fairytale victory at the age of 37 were dashed in a shocking second set.
It was Muguruza’s second grand slam title to add to last year’s French Open and was indisputably deserved after she absorbed everything her opponent could throw at her before taking control and inflicting a punishing triple break in the final set.
The Spaniard cut loose after tense early exchanges, winning nine straight games to crush the demoralised American 7-5 6-0.
She was robbed of the picture-perfect conclusion and forced to wait as Hawk-eye was called on to confirm that a mis-hit forehand from Venus had landed out before her emotional celebrations could begin.
It was the 23-year-old’s second Wimbledon final, having lost to Venus’s sister Serena on the same stage in 2015.
For Venus, who seemed to lack any sort of fight as the final blows were landed, it was a stinging reminder of her advancing years.
The five-times champion had last triumphed at the All England Club in 2008. She was looking to become the oldest woman to win a grand slam in the professional era
and the most senior to triumph on Wimbledon’s lawns since 1908.