Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, went on to win nine straight games, sealing the first set and bagelling five-times victor Williams in the second, but she needed a Hawkeye challenge to finally put the match to bed. Then, in the first set, she botched two set points to lose 7-5, and totally fell apart in the second, stumbling to a shocking 6-0 loss. At the tournament Venus loves the best, that has yielded five titles, the elder Williams strode onto Centre Court on final Saturday once again.
When the 23-year-old's challenge revealed Williams' last forehand to have landed long, she crouched down in disbelief with her face planted in her hands. Her last Grand Slam title was won at Wimbledon in 2008 when she beat Serena in straight sets.
Muguruza had experienced heartbreak on Centre Court before, losing to the younger Williams sister in the 2015 final - and with Serena telling her on that day that she would one day lift the coveted Dish, Venus was just left wishing it wasn't against her.
Garbine Muguruza explains her feelings after defeating Venus Williams to win the Wimbledon women's title. "I knew she was going to make me suffer and fight for it". "Let's not make a drama, you know?"
"I played very well since the first game, and I kept the level, which is very hard because, you're nervous".
She is also the first woman to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.
She said: "Nothing went through my mind (after saving the break points at 5-4 to Williams in the first set)". Williams was rattled by Muguruza's barrage, fatally allowing the Spaniard's lob to drop in and present her with set points that she gleefully gobbled up. "So I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", said the No14 seed. "She just shows this toughness". "I was just very composed", she added later.
Wimbledon Day 12 | Muguruza claims the ladies' title
To cap an impressive fortnight at Wimbledon, Garbine Muguruza hopes to share a dance with Roger Federer at the Champions Ball. "I lost that final", she said.
"I think today [Saturday], you know, I played well". But because the talent pool has been drained, and the galling dearth of decent American players, it feels like tennis has devolved back into a niche sport, somewhere next to boxing. Muguruza had the momentum now, her piercing ground-strokes gradually moving Williams into enough awkward areas to land the crucial first break at 5-5.
"It will be an fantastic opportunity to be next to the awesome players that are in the final". You know, people were surprised when I said in French Open, that I had Serena in the final.
Muguruza said: "Eastbourne was such a short tournament, I didn't play well there".
But Muguruza saved them both and did not look back, committing fully to her game plan, defending superbly when needed and not letting her focus slip for a minute. It took me a while actually to calm down, to say, Hey, it's grass, you have to adapt to the surface.
Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. "I believe I can".
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