Garbiñe Muguruza is the 2017 Wimbledon ladies singles champion! The Spaniard beat 37-year-old Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a clinical performance. The Wimbledon success is her maiden title on Grass court, and her second grand slam victory after winning last year's French Open.
She becomes just the second Women's player from Spain to win the title, following the footsteps of Conchita Martinez, who won it back in 1994. The two players fought it out hard in the first set, which the Spaniard shaded 7-5. But in the second set, Muruguza ran over Venus to claim victory.
14th seeded Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years when she swept aside Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in the semifinal at the Centre Court. The Spaniard was also the finalist at the All England Club in 2015 when she lost to Serena Williams and will now have another crack at the title.
Earlier in the tournament, Venus played her 100th match at Wimbledon. . The year Jelena was born, Venus first played Wimbledon. And when the two met, the experience clearly showed. It took Venus just 73 minutes to win the match 6-3 7-5.
Under a closed roof at the Centre Court, the veteran hit the ground running and broke Ostapenko in her first service game. Faced with a 3-0 deficit just minutes into the match, Ostapenko could never really recover and Venus easily served out the set.
The second set saw a much better performance from Ostapenko. After keeping Williams at bay in her first service game, she even managed to get a break point in the second game. However, Venus saved that and played an excellent return game next to break Ostapenko and go up 2-1.
Serving at 5-5, Ostapenko had to hold if she wanted to stay in the match. That is when Venus' experience came into play. In a very composed manner, the American simply focused on putting balls back in play and forced errors from her opponent. A couple of points later, she was 6-5 up and then calmly served out to the set to become the oldest woman to feature in a Wimbledon semifinal since Martina Navratilova in 1994.