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Muguruza defeats Williams

Women’s tennis witnessed a new champion at Wimbledon. Grinning Gabine Muguruza made a match of it and annexed the championship in style defeating a more composed Venus Williams in straight sets. Two years after losing her first Wimbledon final to Serena Williams, the Spanish 14th seed Gabine Muguruza defeated Venus Williams to claim her maiden title at the All England Club. The first set was a titanic struggle between too perfectly-matched players. Both were smacking the ball with ferocious intensity and performing to an impressively high level.

The turning point came in the ninth game, when Williams was up two set points with Muguruza serving at 4-5, 15-40. On the first set point, the American ruthlessly went after Muguruza’s faltering forehand, but it was Williams who netted a forehand to end a 20-shot rally. Muguruza then saved the second set point when Williams put a forehand return long, and the Spaniard won the next two points to held serve. The following game a frustrated Williams lost her serve for the first time in the match, and was then powerless as Muguruza held serve again to claim the first set 7-5.  From that point on, Williams would not win another game all afternoon, as Muguruza romped through the final set to claim the win after 77 minutes. It was game, set, match and the Championship for the game fighter Gabine Muguruza.

Chitra Krishnan

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