Garbiñe Muguruza, Queen of Grass and Speed
(No pun intended)
by Jack Wright
In just over an hour 23-year old Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza bested 37-year old five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams at a sensational 7-5, 6-0 straight game on Centre Court, Wimbledon last Saturday, 15 July 2017. It’s the Spanish player’s second Grand Slam win.
Asked by Sue Barker of the BBC, Williams said of Muguruza’s game: “Yeah, I think she played amazing. She played amazing.”
Earlier, Muguruza had said: “[Venus is] such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play so it’s incredible to play the final [against her] here. Of course I’m nervous. . . The first set was very tough. We both had a lot of chances. Serena told me two years ago that one day I was going to win. So here I am.”
This was when Serena defeated Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon Ladies Singles final. Serena said to the teary young Spanish player: “Don’t be sad. You’ll be holding this [Venus Rosewater] trophy very, very soon, believe me.”
Exuberant, Muguruza tweeted “Yes!!!!” and posted the pic, right, on her Twitter account, with her enormous Venus Rosewater Dish. The Dish is the Ladies’ Singles Trophy awarded at The Championships, Wimbledon. It was first presented to the Champion in 1886.
The Spaniard downed Venus’ formidable sister Serena, 35, at the 2016 French Open. Winner of 23 Grand Slam finals, Serena is widely regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Muguruza’s Wimbledon win makes her the first player to beat both Williams sisters in Grand Slam finals.
The first and until 15 July the only Spanish female player to win Wimbledon (1994) was Spanish tennis player Conchita Martinez who coached Muguruza during this year’s tournament. Muguruza is now the second.
Featured image/Si robi, CC BY-Sa2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Venus Williams/Charles Ng, CC BY2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Jack has been with Guidepost for more than a decade now and sees no end to his association with The Dean. He travels around with his ubiquitous laptop, ready to pound it when a story hits him. He loves writing and doesn’t shy away from controversy; he could be mordant in his articles.
Jack has a bachelor’s degree with Political Science for major.
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