Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza: 'I was nervous … but kept

Sandy Mccarthy
July 16, 2017

Beat Venus Williams to claim her second grand slam title after winning the French Open a year ago.

Muguruza went on to win nine games in a row, sealing a 7-5, 6-0 victory.

The 2017 Wimbledon Championships announced their first champion on Saturday as Garbine Muguruza throttled Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0, to clinch her second Grand Slam title and her first at SW19. It was the merest of wobbles for the five-time Wimbledon champion who put paid to her previous dithering with a frighteningly solid hold to love.

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Victory also atoned for a loss to Williams's younger sister Serena in the 2015 final at The All England Club as Muguruza became the first player to conquer both American siblings in a grand slam title decider. "I was watching Venus", Muguruza, who is the only player to have beaten both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam final, told ESPN. "I remember here you said, 'If you're hurt, you don't play, and if you play, you're not hurt.' Everybody in the media was wondering whether your Sjogren's came into effect at the end, or if just the matches day after day and your age caught up with you?" But I don't know if I'm happy to be the guy, you know, in 40 years.

"I don't know", Muguruza said in her post-match interview. "Then last summer she won the French and we all thought she was going to carry on and the torch was going to be handed over to her". Still reeling from the shock of losing the first set, she served up a limp double fault on break point to hand Muguruza the lead at the start of the second set. I wanted to go my way the fastest as possible, just not get too complicated. She comes here with little momentum and wins seven matches. "She just dug in there". "I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer", she added. Connors enjoyed one of the longest and most prosperous careers in tennis history, playing in 15 Grand Slam finals, a staggering number.

Martinez, the 1994 Wimbledon champion, stepped in a week before the tournament in the absence of Muguruza's fulltime coach, Sam Sumyk, who was home for the birth of his child. "I lost that final", she said. "I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there will be other opportunities, I do". Venus Williams, who has been to two of the three major finals. Played top tennis so you have to give her credit for just playing a better match. Garbiñe Muguruza followed with a comfortable service game despite dropping her first point.

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. "That's the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in", Williams said. "I'm definitely going to go tonight". It took me a while actually to calm down, to say, Hey, it's grass, you have to adapt to the surface. If I lose the first the set, I still have two more. "I believe I can".

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