Garbine Muguruza outslugged Venus Williams on Centre Court on Saturday to capture her first Wimbledon title - here’s everything the young Spaniard achieved with her win at the All-England Club:
1. She’s the eighth active female player to have more than one major. With the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon, she joins Serena Williams (23), Venus Williams (7), Maria Sharapova (5), Victoria Azarenka (2), Angelique Kerber (2), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2) and Petra Kvitova (2).
2. She’s the second player born in the ‘90s, male or female, to have more than one major. Kvitova’s the only other one to achieve the feat, winning two Wimbledon titles in 2011 and 2014.
3. She’s the first Spanish woman ever to win both the French Open and Wimbledon. Only two Spanish men have ever done it - Rafael Nadal in the Open Era, Manuel Santana pre-Open Era.
4. She’s the first player ever to beat both Serena and Venus in a major final. She beat Serena to win the French Open in 2016 and Venus to win Wimbledon this year - and both in straight sets.
5. She’s back in the Top 10. Top 5 even. Just five weeks after dropping from No.5 to No.15 after falling in the fourth round of her French Open title defense, she’ll soar back into the elite, bouncing right back from No.15 to No.5. She doesn’t have much to defend the rest of the year, either…
6. She defied a losing head-to-head against Venus. Muguruza went into the match against Venus 1-3 head-to-head - with her 7-5 6-0 championship victory on Saturday she caught up to 2-3.
7. Earlier in the tournament she improved to 3-2 against No.1s. She had been 2-2 coming into the tournament, all of those matches against Serena, the two wins coming at the 2014 French Open (second round) and 2016 French Open (final). She then beat Kerber in the fourth round here.
8. She improved to 41-2 in Grand Slams after winning the first set. Her only two losses from a set up came in the quarterfinals of the 2014 French Open to Sharapova (1-6 7-5 6-1) and in the fourth round of the 2015 Australian Open to Serena (2-6 6-3 6-2). She’s quite the frontrunner…
9. She’s the second Spanish woman ever to win multiple majors. Only Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who won three French Opens and a US Open, had won multiple majors before her - Spain’s only other female Grand Slam champion, Conchita Martinez, won one major, at Wimbledon in 1994.
10. She won her first tournament with Martinez by her side. With coach Sam Sumyk not travelling to Wimbledon this year, she was working with 1994 champion Martinez - and won right off the bat.
Here are some highlights from Muguruza’s championship victory over Venus at Wimbledon: