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Muguruza stuns Venus to win first Wimbledon title

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Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title and shattered Venus Williams’ history bid with a majestic 7-5, 6-0 victory in Saturday’s final.

Muguruza overwhelmed Williams with a supreme display of power hitting in 77 minutes on Centre Court to become only the second Spanish woman to win Wimbledon.

Watched from the Royal Box by King Juan Carlos of Spain, the 23-year-old finally got her hands on the Venus Rosewater Dish two years after losing to the American’s sister Serena in her maiden Wimbledon final.

Fittingly, it was Muguruza’s current coach Conchita Martinez who was the first woman to raise the Spanish flag at Wimbledon in 1994 when she defeated Martina Navratilova.

The 23-year-old Spaniard, who had failed to reach a final in the 23 tournaments since she won the French Open last year, defeated five-time champion Williams 7-5 6-0.

Muguruza was beaten by the American’s sister Serena in the 2015 final.

“I didn’t want to lose this time because I know the difference. I’m so happy,” she said.

“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 on court after the match, Muguruza said of Williams: “She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play.”

As the crowd laughed, she turned to the 37-year-old American and added: “Sorry!”

Later, she said: “I was so excited to go there and win especially over someone like a role model.”

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