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Garbine Muguruza overcomes Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title

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23-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza overcame the challenge of 37 year old American fan favourite Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a lopsided final to claim her first ever Wimbledon title.

Muguruza, a runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, showed that she had learnt plenty from her previous big day outing at SW19 to win the big points towards the business end of the first set before running away with the second as Venus faded badly.

The match was virtually decided on a 19-shot rally when Muguruza was serving at 4-5, 15-40 in the first set as the Spanish youngster traded powerful groundstrokes with her American opponent and turned around what seemed a certain loss of the opening set in her favour.

Having saved those two breakpoints, Muguruza held serve for 5-5 and then promptly broke the Williams serve for the first time in the match to nudge ahead 6-5. The youngster closed out the opening set in style before romping through the second set without the loss of a game, ultimately ending the match having won 9 games in a row.

Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, came into Wimbledon as a dark horse, having failed to muster any sort of challenge in the last 13 months since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

The 14th seed had failed to enter a single final on the WTA Tour between Paris and Wimbledon this week, and while always a dangerous floater in the draw, was hardly considered a serious contender.

The same could be set for her courageous opponent, who had battled a series of challenges in her personal life, over the last 24 months. Venus was an emotional fan favourite here, a 5-time former champion, and was considered by some a favourite going into the final given her big match experience and form over the last fortnight.

For the first 40 minutes of the match, the American unleashed her powerful serve on the Spaniard, who struggled to compete with the veteran, but that all important 10th game turned the tide dramatically in Muguruza's favour, who broke Williams four times in a row en route to sealing the contest.

A delighted Muguruza shared after the match, "I didn't want to lose this time because I know the difference. I'm so happy. I'm happy that once again I see myself winning a Grand Slam, something that is so hard to do. It means a lot of confidence."

Speaking about her opponent, the Spaniard said, "She's such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play."

She would later add, "I was so excited to go there and win especially over someone like a role model... When I had those set points against me, I'm like: 'Hey, it's normal. I'm playing Venus here.' So I just keep 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. So I was calm. If I lose the first set, I still have two more. Let's not make a drama, you know."

Venus was generous in her praise of her young opponent, saying, "She competed really well. So credit to her. She just dug in there and managed to play better. There's always something to learn from matches that you win and the ones that you don't win. So there's definitely something for me to learn from this. But at the same time looking back, it's always about looking forward, too."