Oldest champions in sport as Venus targets Grand Slam record

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 Spanish royalty, Muguruza, 23, adds the Wimbledon title to her French Open success in 2016.
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 in January.
In a match 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 final was eight years ago.
Garbiñe Muguruza sinks to her knees after winning Wimbledon.
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.
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.


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