It what can only be described as a dream run at Wimbledon, 23 year old Garbine Muguruza of Spain, the 14th seed, yesterday became only the second Spanish woman to lift the Ladies Singles Venus Rosewater Dish bowl, after defeating the 37 year old and 10th seed, Venus Williams of the USA, 7-5 6-0.
Muguruza has been in sublime form throughout the fortnight and despite Williams being a five-time champion at SW19, the Spaniard was the favourite going into the match.
Both players showed signs of nerves early on, but Muguruza was the one who managed a consistent game throughout the final.
We are used to watching Williams deliver a mixed bag of shots during her matches, but she was especially battling with her serve from the one side of the court yesterday, double faulting a number of times.
Williams had three break point opportunities on the Muguruza serve at a crucial time in the first set, but was unable to capitalise, which seemed just what the Spanish player needed as from then on, she shifted gears and never looked back.
It was a delightful deja vu moment for Conchita Martinez, who was sitting with Muguruza’s team yesterday. Martinez was the first Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title in 1994, when she defeated another 37 year old American player, Martina Navratilova in the final. Navratilova was also in attendance.
Yesterday’s victory sent Muguruza into the history books as being the first ladies tennis player to have beaten both the Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.
Despite the loss, Williams was full of praise for her younger opponent and can still hold her head up high. 2017 has been a great tennis year for her so far, considering that at the ages of 36 and 37, she has been a finalist in two of the Grand Slam tournaments already.