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2017-07-16

Garbine Muguruza said it was “amazing” to beat “role model” Venus Williams to win her first Wimbledon final.

The 23-year-old Spaniard, who had failed to reach a final in the 23 tournaments since she won the French Open last year, defeated five-time champion Williams 7-5 6-0.

Muguruza was beaten by the American’s sister Serena in the 2015 final.

The champion said: “I didn’t want to lose this time because I know the difference. I’m so happy. I’m happy that once again I see myself winning a Grand Slam, something that is so hard to do.”

The first set of Saturday’s final was a tight affair and would have gone the way of Williams had she converted one of her two break points at 5-4.

Williams capitulated in the second set, losing her form altogether and all of her service games.

Williams said she had not “fully processed” what happened in the final, having gone from being close to winning the first set to losing the final in only 37 minutes.