Garbiñe Muguruza - Venus Williams
Wimbledon women - 15 July 2017
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WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-6 MUGURUZA: GAME, SET, MATCH MUGURUZA! Williams looks cooked here and it’s not fun to see. Successive horrible backhands drift long before a forehand into the deuce corner brings three match points. A Williams backhand catches the line after being initially called long and there is still some fight left from the American as Muguruza nets a backhand herself and then shanks a forehand long. And suddenly it’s all over! Muguruza challenges another line call and it goes her way, Hawkeye showing the ball is long. A second final and a first victory for the Spaniard but what a tournament for Venus Williams. Not the way she would have wanted it to end but she can leave with her head held high.
WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-5 MUGURUZA: Williams has had so much success here but perhaps the pressure of becoming the oldest ever women’s champion has got to her. A 24th unforced error gives Muguruza three more break points and a backhand winner up the line gets the job done. All over bar the shouting.
WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-4 MUGURUZA: Williams needs great tennis now to turn this around and she decides to hit freely, winning the opening point. It doesn’t work twice in a row as she then nets a backhand half way up. A first serve skips off the line, one that Williams can only edge behind to the keeper and with the American’s forehand misfiring and legs looking heavy, Muguruza surely has one hand on the trophy now. Huge hitting.
And now 3-0...
WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-3 MUGURUZA: BREAK! Williams needs this game otherwise it becomes a really tall order. A lovely drop volley gets her started but Muguruza has her tail up, firing a forehand deep into the ad corner. A fabulous backhand pass follows but the American finds a first serve right when the needs it to level at 30-30. Another exquisite backhand pass up the line brings Muguruza a break point and when Williams volleys wide, it’s another break of serve. All over? Don’t bet on it!
WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-2 MUGURUZA: Williams needs to regroup and regroup fast otherwise the dream of a sixth Wimbledon singles crown will be over. She seems to be forcing the issue, the errors flowing from her racket now. Muguruza races to 40-0 before Williams scores with successive forehand winners to restore some confidence but then tamely nets a backhand.
WILLIAMS 5-7, 0-1 MUGURUZA: BREAK! That was certainly one of the better opening sets of tennis in a final we’ve seen. Both players close to the top of their game. Muguruza wants to seize the moment and grab this final with both hands but a big first serve gets Williams out of trouble at 30-30. Williams fires long to concede break point and when she double faults, Muguruza is gifted the early advantage.
WILLIAMS 5-7 MUGURUZA: SET! Tremendous hussling from Williams, running down a half volley to rifle a forehand past Muguruza at the net. The American appears in control of the next point, Muguruza getting lucky with a mishit that lands in before coming out on top of another brutal forehand exchange. A fabulous backhand defensive lob, from deep into the ad corner, lands right into the corner to bring the Spaniard two set points and when Williams nets after another brilliant rally, it’s the first set in the bag.
WILLIAMS 5-6 MUGURUZA: BREAK! A terrible call on 15-15, a linesman calling a ball long that landed inside the line. But it’s Williams’ turn to struggle, falling off balance and hitting long before netting to bring up break point. She hits long on the first but makes no mistake next time around as Williams return the compliment. The Spaniard will serve for the opening set!
So far, it's the final everyone hoped for.
WILLIAMS 5-5 MUGURUZA: BIG HOLD! On the big moments, Williams looks to raise her game, fearsome hitting moving Muguruza this way and that. She’s really going for her shots but misses long by inches with a backhand. Successive forehand errors from the Spaniard gives Williams two set points and the rally of the match ensues – Muguruza coming out on top of a brutal forehand exchange to stay alive. A first serve follows to save the day and Muguruza’s forehand suddenly clicks into gear just when she needs it and when Williams hits a backhand long she is out of a real hole. What character!
WILLIAMS 5-4 MUGURUZA: A wicked forehand that skips off the baseline gives Williams the edge at 30-0 and an ace follows. She confirms the love hold with a forehand winner and moves to within a game of the opening set.
The finalists pose for photos before the match.
WILLIAMS 4-4 MUGURUZA: Muguruza serving with new balls but Williams cracks a backhand winner on the opening point. The Spaniard smashes successive winners off either flank to edge ahead and another backhand into the open court seals another impressive hold. Who wants this more?
WILLIAMS 4-3 MUGURUZA: BIG HOLD! Williams perhaps thinking about that missed forehand as she opens with a double fault but then cracks a backhand winner to restore parity. The point of the match follows, Williams winning a lovely cat and mouse net exchange but she leaves herself exposed to a backhand up the line and Muguruza makes no mistake this time. A second double fault sees another game reach deuce before Williams staves off two break points to hold a big game. Wowzers!
WILLIAMS 3-3 MUGURUZA: Muguruza opens with a Williams tactic, jamming her opponent with a great body serve. A netted backhand follows, usually her most consistent attacking weapon. Venus returns the compliment on the forehand side but a Muguruza double fault puts the Spaniard in trouble at 30-30. A fabulous forehand pass on the stretch brings a first break point, incredible movement from the 37-year-old. She seems in control of the next point but nets a forehand with the point seemingly hers. An ace follows, a puff of white dust confirming the serve and a forehand winner gets her out of a hole.
WILLIAMS 3-2 MUGURUZA: The Williams forehand is working just fine, thank you very much! Too much power for Muguruza to handle this time around and Venus looks totally in the zone. She races to a love hold as Muguruza hits yet another forehand long.
WILLIAMS 2-2 MUGURUZA: Muguruza staying with Williams well, big serving setting up mid court put aways. Another overcooked forehand gets Williams into the game but she then nets a backhand slice before the American hits long herself. No clues as yet…
WILLIAMS 2-1 MUGURUZA: Early signs are this will be as tight as everyone predicted. Coach Alex Harvey at the National Tennis Centre is going for Muguruza, the weight of pressure probably on Williams. Doesn’t look like she’s feeling it! A crunching forehand from the American brings two game points and the Spaniard fires wide as Williams holds again. Who’s your money on?
WILLIAMS 1-1 MUGURUZA: The roof makes the ball striking sound that much louder with the echo and my word do this pair hit the ball hard! Venus opened with an ace, Muguruza a double fault. She gets back on track with some heavy serving to calm the nerves and a backhand volley gives her two game points and she wraps up the hold with a lovely drop volley. Great stuff!
WILLIAMS 1-0 MUGURUZA: What a start. Venus bangs down an ace on the opening point. Wonder how many times that has happened? A protracted rally follows that the Spaniard wins, both players looking sharp already. Early signs are we’re set for a cracker. Twice Muguruza overcooks her forehand and a brutal backhand wraps up the opening game for Williams.
Venus Williams to serve.
The warm-up is underway and both ladies look fabulous in their whites. Muguruza has a heavily strapped left thigh but it’s not likely to play a factor.
The players have made their way out onto centre court to a rapturous reception. Louder with the roof closed! Really excited about this one. Either way, it will be a great story but most inside centre court will probably be pulling for the 37-year-old.
Here’s the story of how Venus ended the dreams of a British champion for another year to make the final.
Venus last won the title back in 2008 and her last final was in 2009. Both matches were against her absent sister, who is backing her to keep the title in the family today.
Here's how the two players progressed to today's showpiece final.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE text and social media coverage as Venus Williams bids for a sixth Wimbledon crown against former runner-up Garbine Muguruza. A really tough one to call today. It could be under a closed roof, the players on court at 14.00 BST.