Venus, meanwhile, will be playing in her 16th career Slam final. I like to win.
- Williams and Muguruza are out on Centre Court for the women's singles final.
The 2017 Wimbledon Championships announced their first champion on Saturday as Garbine Muguruza throttled Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0, to clinch her second Grand Slam title and her first at SW19. I'm happy to go to the Centre Court and to play the best player. "I'm so close now, so I just got to stay focused". She competed so hard, and looked composed throughout. She congratulated her opponent for her "beautiful victory" and promised to return to Wimbledon in the future: "Congratulations Garbine, amazing".
"Oh, come on", Muguruza responded at first, trying to brush off the question.
After her stunning performance in the final against Venus in which she showed tremendous poise, Muguruza once again had country - first-and-foremost - on her mind.
Roger Federer and Venus Williams are offering the ultimate proof this weekend: age shall not tired them.
In 2016, Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to win the Roland Garros title since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998. "My body has done so much for me", she says. "I don't know, I was so excited to go out there and win, especially over somebody like a role model". I came thinking, I'm prepared, I feel good.
Williams began with an ace and held with a backhand victor: A statement of intent. That proved to be the turning point in the match as she never won another game after that.
Her own serve worked beautifully, though, and even when it was put under pressure in the 10th game of the final she rallied to save two set points. Fortified by a cross-court victor to bring up break point at 3-2, Williams looked poised to seize control, but instead a tame forehand into the net to let Muguruza off the hook. She crafted her third break point of the set when Venus netted a forehand and took her chance when the American sent a second forehand long after another lengthy exchange. However, Muguruza dug deep and pulled out the game and the set.
"One of my best friends, Taylor Johnson, her mentor is Billie Jean King. Not only getting it back, but it was deep in the court", said David Witt, Williams' coach, who thought nerves affected his player. I was expecting the best of Venus, because I saw her, and she was playing very good.
Williams became uncharacteristically sluggish in her movement and sloppy in her shot execution. Muguruza challenged the call, and after a delay, the review showed the ball was out. Made to wait to celebrate, Muguruza eventually dropped her knees and covered her crying eyes.
Over the Wimbledon fortnight, Muguruza played like a woman ready to shed the tag of a big-match underdog.
In 2015, a comforting Serena Williams had assured her gangly opponent that she'd be a Slam champion by and by.
The five-times champion had last triumphed at the All England Club in 2008.
"A lot of lovely moments in the last couple of weeks", the American said.
"She played really well".