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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.

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Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium defeated Naomi Osaka and Shuai Zhang in straight sets to advance to the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

It was a cake walk for the Indo-Belgian pair as they outplayed their Janapese-Chinese opponents 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes at Court 11.

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Defending champion Andy Murray and 10-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal both moved to the third at Wimbledon with a straight-sets wins on Wednesday.

World No 1 Murray took only an hour and 36 minutes to beat Germany's Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal, who from 2012 to 2015 was defeated by players ranked respectively by No 100, No 135, No 144 and No 102, beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last 32 for merely the second time since he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic here in 2011.

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cruised into the women's singles second round at the Wimbledon tennis tournament after defeating Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The fifth seeded Wozniacki needed one hour and 42 minutes to get rid of the 24-year-old Babos on Tuesday. In the men's singles category, Spain's David Ferrer advanced to the second round after beating Richard Gasquet.

Wozniacki, former world no. 1, broke her rival's serve twice to seal the first set, but one break was all Babos needed to push the match to a third set. However, Babos did not win with any of her serve games in the third set as she managed to clinch just one game from a break.

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Russian Maria Sharapova has announced that she will not be able to take part in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tournament in Birmingham and the season's third Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon due to a thigh injury she suffered in Rome.

"After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play," Sharapova wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova, who sustained serious injuries to her racket-holding left hand in a knife attack in December, is ready to play at Wimbledon but will make a last-minute decision on whether to participate in the French Open, according to her spokesman Karel Tejkal on Tuesday.

Tejkal said that the efforts of Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, were aimed at getting fit to play in the tournament.

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Maria Sharapova, who recently returned to the women's tennis circuit after a 15-month ban for doping, on Friday said she will not request an invitation to enter the main table of the Wimbledon tournament and will go through the qualifying rounds.

Through a statement on her website, the Russian explained the schedule of her grass court games, three days after the French Open authorities refused her request for an invitation.

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