Venus Williams came into the final as the overwhelming favourite and the fairy tales suggested she would win her sixth Wimbledon – nearly a decade after her fifth. But Garbine Muguruza – looking for her first Venus Rosewater Dish and second Grand Slam glory – had other ideas. For the most part, Venus challenged and pushed her much younger opponent all the way in the first set. But as things moved on, her energy went away as Muguruza picked up on Venus’ rising error count. The celebrations started after Venus’ groundstroke went long and was adjudged after a review.
Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza Wimbledon 2017 final score and updates:
1951 hrs IST: THREE MATCH POINTS FOR MUGURUZA! Nerves as Venus’ return lands in but called out. Review confirms it was in. Saves one as Muguruza nets her backhand. Another saved as Muguruza sends her forehand long. Another review. And this time it is long! GARBINE MUGURUZA BEATS VENUS WILLIAMS 7-5, 6-0 TO WIN WIMBLEDON AND HER SECOND GRAND SLAM TITLE.
1948 hrs IST: Three break points for Muguruza and she needs just one. Moves Venus to the side on her backhand to open up the court and sends a winner into vacant court. 5-0!
1945 hrs IST: Muguruza has an answer for everything that Venus is throwing at her. Moves to the net after a lengthy rally but Muguruza sends a backhand winner past her to hold and make it 4-0.
1940 hrs IST: Muguruza is running away with things. Has a two break advantage now and Venus looks terribly deflated. The first set win very important for the Spaniard. STAT: She’s 40-2 in her major career after winning the first set compared to 8-15 when she loses it
1935 hrs IST: Clear suggestions that the longer the point goes, it favours the younger Spaniard. Most important evidence of it came when Muguruza saved the two set points
1932 hrs IST: From 30-0, Venus Williams under early pressure in the second set. Her backhand is comfortably over and it brings up break point. But Venus saves it by forcing Muguruza to the left and into an error of her own. Deuce. Venus with another backhand mistake on a deep ball and Muguruza has another eye in. Linesman reckons it is an ace but review says out. And a double fault gives Muguruza an early advantage in this second set
1921 hrs IST: Muguruza to serve for the opening set at 6-5. Muguruza with a neat pickup on the bounce at the net but it is into Venus’ path who casually sends it past the Spaniard. 0-15. The error count from Venus’ forehand piling up. 15-15. Venus with a running forehand after moving left and right but the points ends with another netted forehand. 30-15. WHAT A POINT! Muguruza with incredible hustling to pick up a ball from the corner and the lob lands in while Venus thought it was going out. 2 SET POINTS. Venus saves one with a court opening forehand and despite Muguruza’s efforts, she can’t send it back. SET POINT. Muguruza takes the first set 7-5 after Venus nets her backhand.
1919 hrs IST: Venus loses her balance while going for the forehand. Gets her feet tangled up while moving back and it is 15-30. And comes back with another big serve to make it 30-30. A lazy forehand is into the net and that’s break point for Muguruza. Good serve moving away from Garbine, she does well to get back but mishits on the next shot which sails way long. Nerves getting the better of her there it seems. Another chance to break as Venus misses another forehand. Second serve. Lengthy rally sees both players push themselves and in the end, Venus sends her forehand long. BREAK!
1917 hrs IST: This is worth noticing as Venus serves to once again take the lead in this opening set
1913 hrs IST: Two set points for Venus after Muguruza misses a forehand. 15-40. Massive point and a huge rally later, Venus sends her forehand into the net. Crowd shows their appreciation of both players. Nervous moment for Muguruza and she has prevailed. The second point is also saved with a deep first serve and Venus’ return goes long. Beautiful point construction from Muguruza as she sends one forehand after another deep into the court and dispatches the short reply. And holds after another Venus error on the forehand. That was an extremely bold service hold from Garbine
1907 hrs IST: Straightforward service hold for Muguruza and it is 4-4 now in the first set. Same outcome from Venus’ serve – in sharp contrast to her previous serve. This one is closed out to love. Venus now leads 5-4
1857 hrs IST: Point of the match so far. Both players exchange volleys and half volleys as both make their way to the net but Muguruza tries to push her forehand a bit too much and it goes long. But she follows it up with an inch-perfect backhand that is superbly placed into the court. 30-30. And Venus continues to force Muguruza into errors. Uh-oh. Second double fault of the match brings the serve to deuce. Nice serve on the deuce court, moving into Muguruza’s body and the Spaniard unable to get space to hit that properly. Venus tries to find the highest part of the net but fails to clear. Deuce. Chance for Muguruza to break but she sends her forehand long. Another fantastic first serve and it goes long. And then a double fault. Followed by an ace. This has been a bizarre service game. Muguruza sends her backhand long and once again gets out of the gutter. Staying on serve at 4-3
1852 hrs IST: We’re staying with serve on Centre Court. Venus has a little look in to get the break but she nets her forehand. Muguruza was serving at 30-40 at 2-3. Deuce. Serve out wide and she brings up game point. What an opportune time to get that ace. And then a Venus error to help Muguruza hold and keep the final on serve
1835 hrs IST: Venus Williams to serve first. She gets pushed on the serve in the very first game. Makes a hash of a simple volley to not help herself but gets out of the cage
1830 hrs IST: Players are now on court. These two have met four times with Venus winning three of those matches. But most recently, Muguruza won on clay in Rome. They’ve never met on grass though so all to play four.