Garbiñe Muguruza crowned Wimbledon champion after beating Venus Williams

• Spaniard wins 7-5, 6-0 to earn second grand slam title
• Venus Williams could not match 23-year-old’s high-energy performance

Two years after losing in the final here to Serena Williams, Garbiñe Muguruza broke through for her first Wimbledon title with an ultimately commanding and one-sided win over her sister Venus. It was a strange contest – the first women’s final under the roof – which was rich with fight and vim in a long first set, although beset by a mixture of grinding rallies and elementary errors from both finalists, and virtual surrender in the second as the Spaniard drove on to win 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 17 minutes.

If the 37-year-old Williams had been struck by the debilitating Sjogren’s Syndrome that first hit her six years ago, she had every excuse, because she had put up stout resistance in the first frame. It has been a tough time for her, all round. Twelve days after she broke down in tears when confronted by questions about a fatal car accident that still hang over her, Williams could not find consolation in victory. Her collapse was dramatic, although she took defeat stoically, knowing she had been beaten out of sight by a young opponent who found all her weapons working perfectly at just the time when the energy vanished from the American’s tennis.

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