London – Venus Williams was hoping to become the oldest woman to win a grand slam at Wimbledon. She looked on course and did exceptionally well till semifinals and most people thought she was destined to do that until she faced an opponent who was equally determined to stop her flawless journey.
When the Wimbledon 2017 final match between Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza began, many people thought that, it will be a rather easy outing for one of the most celebrated tennis players of our generation. But Garbine Muguruza wasn’t going to be allow this to happen. And when the match finished, she succeeded not just in stopping her maverick opponent, but also winning the biggest tennis match.
There is no denying that Garbine Muguruza worked really hard to make that happen. The Spaniard despite initially struggling overcame two set points by Venus Williams to rally and win the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over the 37-year-old American.
37-year old Williams, whose full name is Venus Ebony Starr Williamsis among the all-time greats of women’s tennis and who, along with younger sister Serena Williams has changed the face of the female tennis. The elder Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions. Her seven Grand Slam singles titles puts her in a tie for 12th on the all-time list, and a tie for 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except her sister Serena. She has also won fourteen Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. Her five Wimbledon singles titles ties her with two other women for eighth place on the all-time list, but gives her sole possession of No. 4 on the Open Era List, only trailing Navratilova’s 9 titles and Serena’s and Graf’s 7 titles.
After winning the final, an emotional Muguruza said, “When I was a little girl, I was watching these finals…I was watching Venus — I know it sounds incredible. To be able to play against her and now hold the big trophy, it means a lot.” Trailing 4-5 in the first set, Garbine Muguruza fought off two set points as part of a nine-game run — breaking Venus Williams’ serve four times in the process — to capture her second Grand Slam title.
Williams was all praise for her rather young opponent. “She just dug in there and managed to play better…She played really well. I mean, she played top tennis, so I have to give her credit for just playing a better match…I’ve been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in. It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that”, said Williams. It must be kept in mind that Venus Williams is among the richest female tennis players. her individual net worth is around $75 million.