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Spain's Muguruza beats Venus Williams to clinch first Wimbledon title

Spain?s Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams to clinch the Wimbledon title. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters London, United Kingdom Jul 15, 2017, 03.06 PM (IST)

An inspired Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title on Saturday, blowing away in-form American Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 with arguably the performance of her career after tight and tense early exchanges.

Muguruza holding the Wimbledon trophy. (Reuters)

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In the first women's final played under the Centre Court roof, a high-quality first set gradually built towards a captivating conclusion after both players began with two comfortable service holds.

Muguruza saved 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.

Venus Williams holding the runner up trophy at the Wimbledon final. (Reuters)

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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.

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