LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) - Spaniard Garbine Muguruza demolished Venus Williams 7-5 6-0 to claim her first Wimbledon singles title on Sunday as the American’s dreams of a fairytale victory unravelled on Centre Court.
The two went toe-to-toe in the first set, with neither looking likely to blink first until Muguruza saved three break points, including two tension-filled set points in the 10th game, before cutting lose to win her second grand slam title.
Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, went on to win nine straight games, sealing the first set and bagelling five-times winner Williams in the second, but she needed a Hawkeye challenge to finally put the match to bed.
As the scoreboard showed the ball had bounced out at 40-30 in the final game, the Spaniard fell to the ground, before covering her face in an emotional celebration.
In the men’s doubles, fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo beat Croatian Mate Pavic and Austria’s Oliver Marach 5-7 7-5 7-6(2) 3-6 13-11 in an epic battle lasting four hours and 39 minutes.
The match ended under the lights on Centre Court, with Kubot and Melo wrapping up the win two games after the roof was closed and the lights switched on to combat the fading light.
Highlights from day 12 of the Wimbledon championships on Saturday (all times GMT):
- Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazilian Marcelo Melo beat Croatian Mate Pavic and Austria’s Oliver Marach 5-7 7-5 7-6(2) 3-6 13-11 in an epic battle lasting four hours and 39 minutes to win the men’s doubles final.
- “I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there will be other opportunities, I do.” — Venus Williams in a message to sister Serena, who missed out on defending her Wimbledon title as she is awaiting the birth of her first child.
- “I grew up watching (Venus) play, so it’s incredible to play the final (against her)... Two years ago I lost to Serena in the final and she told me one day I’d win.” — Spain’s Garbine Muguruza after beating American Venus Williams.
- Spain’s Muguruza beat Williams 7-5 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title on Saturday and her second grand slam title.
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- Williams and Muguruza are out on Centre Court for the women’s singles final.
- The roof is closed owning to the soggy conditions at SW19, where play on the outside courts has been suspended. (Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond/Rex Gowar)