Garbine Muguruza wins Wimbledon title after overpowering weary Venus Williams
Garbine Muguruza has ended Venus Williams' bid to win a sixth Wimbledon title at the age of 37 with a ruthless 7-5 6-0 victory against the American icon in the final.
The Spanish 14th seed produced a powerful display of hitting in saving two set points in the first set before progressing to dominate the match against the fading seven-times Grand Slam winner Williams by reeling off nine straight games as the women's showpiece final ended in a sense of massive anti-climax.
Watched by Spain's former king Juan Carlos, Muguruza, 23, produced a regal display to add the Wimbledon title to her French Open success in 2016.
She is the first Spanish woman to win Wimbledon since her coach Conchita Martinez denied Martina Navratilova over three sets in 1994.
"I want to thank my team who are here...this is not only me, this is all team work," said Muguruza, who lost the 2015 final to Venus' sister Serena.
"Two years ago I lost in the final against Serena and she told me I was going to win."
Williams was bidding to become the oldest winner of a Grand Slam, an honour that remains with 35-year-old sister Serena for winning the Australian Open by beating Venus in January.
In a final being played under the roof on Centre Court due to rain in south-west London, Spain's Muguruza saved two set points on her own serve trailing 5-4 in the first set before winning the next three games to edge ahead of the American, whose last appearance in the Wimbledon final had been eight years ago.
Garbiñe Muguruza sinks to her knees after winning Wimbledon.Getty Images
Williams had won the title at the All England club in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
But losing the first set proved a fatal blow to her dream as the younger woman broke in the opening game of the second set before racing away with six straight games in the second set to claim the title in emphatic fashion by breaking the Williams serve almost at will.
"Congratulations Garbine. I know how hard you work - I'm sure this means so much to you and your family," said Williams.
"Thanks to my team who have been here day in and day out. I miss Serena. I tried my best to do the things you do - but I think there will be other opportunities."
Venus Williams during the 2017 Wimbledon finalGetty Images
Muguruza was nerveless in saving two set points in the 10th game, the first a 19-stroke rally that ended when Williams netted a forehand. The Spaniard broke in the following game when another lung-bursting rally ended on a forehand error from the American.
An astonishing defensive lob in the next then took Muguruza to two set points, the second of which she converted.
That three-game sequence seemed to break the resolve of the American who, trying to become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon for 109 years, lost the second set to love in an equally astonishing turnaround.
The Venezuela-born 23-year-old sealed her second grand slam victory after a successful Hawkeye challenge of a Williams forehand that sailed just beyond the baseline.