Williams thanked her family and team for their support, sending a special message to pregnant sister Serena, who is due to give birth to her first child in a few weeks' time. As much as she loved watching them, the Spaniard simply smiled during her news conference when reminded that she had just routed the sentimental favorite at SW19. Muguruza, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2015 but lost to Serena, won last year's French Open.
"She was getting every one of Venus's shots back".
She appeared ready to take control Saturday, ahead 5-4 in the first set and with Muguruza serving at 15-40. And it was her experience that proved critical. I've had a great two weeks.
Wimbledon tradition dictates that the champions of the men's and women's draws share a dance at the post-tournament party, meaning the 23-year-old will be partnered by Federer or Marin Cilic.
That seemed to restore Muguruza's belief and after breaking Venus she took the opening set as the American began to tire. But Venus had dropped from among the true elite of the game.
Her mother (Scarlet Blanco) is from Venezuela and father (Jose) is Spanish.
Muguruza broke in the next game as Williams sent a forehand long after another long rally.
"I'm unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match". Remarkably at the age of 37, Venus has more Grand Slam victories in 2017 than any other woman. I think she's helping me how to deal with the tournament, because obviously it's a Grand Slam, and it's difficult to handle because it's two weeks. "I like it. It's the best final you can get - Serena or Venus".
"I was so excited to go out there and win, especially over somebody like a role model". At this stage of the match, we witnessed some amazing tennis and who would have thought that previous game was the last one that Venus won.
Although police first alleged that Venus was "at fault" for the wreck after it was claimed that the athlete drove through a red light in Palm Beach County, Fla., triggering the accident, authorities later rescinded that conclusion, as Deadspin reported. Others scuttled quietly to the sides of the court, landing wide. She leads the second set 5-0. But Muguruza fought those off and never looked back. As it wore on, as Muguruza gathered her nerves, dialing in the forehands she'd been consistently hitting long, Williams simply crumbled.
Williams held her own in the first set, but couldn't take advantage of two set points. She went for her shots with extra vigour, now overpowering Williams, and the American buckled under the pressure, double faulting on a second break point.
It would be "churlish" to dwell on negatives after such a fine run from Konta, but she does need to make adjustments. "It's just about playing a little better".
Meanwhile, Williams has no reason to hang her head.
"I think today [Saturday], you know, I played well".
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