Muguruza to Federer: Save the grass dance for me

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 16, 2017

Muguruza denied the 37-year-old a first major title for nine years, which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam champion in the Open era.

Muguruza found herself down two set points serving at 4-5 after consecutive forehand errors, but rose to the challenge as Williams peppered her most vulnerable wing to hold for 5-5.

"She told me one day I was going to win, and here I am two years later", Muguruza said Saturday after defeating Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to capture her first Wimbledon title, this time smiling charismatically in her postmatch interview.

Now Muguruza is all grown up, an emerging tennis star in her own right - and, as of Saturday, the only woman who can boast of beating each Williams in a major final.

To show just how dominant Muguruza was in the second set, Williams won just 13 points in the final six games. "Let's not make a drama, you know?" Despite the hard period in her life, Williams went on to defeat another four opponents without dropping a single set.

And when asked whether she would be returning to Wimbledon next year, Williams said: "Presumably yes". It gave her the momentum to pummel Williams as this time she was rewarded with the break, grabbing the first set with both hands to put herself just a set away from the Wimbledon title.

There was nearly nothing to separate the pair in a high-quality first set, and it was Williams who had the first sniff with two set points at 5-4.

"But when I had those set points against me, I'm like: 'Hey, it's normal".

Williams would not win another game and the match ended in the most anticlimactic of manners when Williams hit a shot that landed long, but was ruled in.

'I just felt, like, good, ' she added.

"I definitely would have loved to have converted some of those points but she competed really well, so she just dug in there and managed to play better".

Although the tradition of the Wimbledon Champions having the first dance, it was briefly resurrected by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams. She keeps winning, makes two finals Grand Slams this year.

"Well, I think I'm here because I've done a hard work before", Muguruza said on Friday.

And it's safe to say that says as much about Venus as it does about Muguruza. It took one last blizzard of thunderous winners to ensure her dream would come true.

It was as if getting out of that jam freed up Muguruza - and failing to capitalize deflated Williams, who didn't win a game the rest of the way. I feel like that's where I want to be, that's what I practice for.

The resurgent former world No 1 opened the match with a 175kmh ace down the middle and clinched her first service game with a venomous backhand-down-the-line victor.

"It will be an unbelievable opportunity to be next to the incredible players that are in the final".

"I believe in those things", Martinez said. Coming into the Finals, Williams had lost only one set, and she looked strong early in the Final.

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida.

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