Serena William’s hope of being the oldest female Grand Slam champion at 37 was cut short by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza with a 7-5 6-0 victory early Saturday.
It is Maguruza’s first Wimbledon title but a sweet victory for the 14th seeded Spaniard as she has now beaten the two Williams to claim a spot on the ranking.
The 23-year-old Muguruza earned her first Grand Slam when she defeated Serena Williams at the French Open in 2016.
“I had the hardest match today against Venus,” said Muguruza.
“She’s such an incredible player. I grew up watching her play – sorry,” she added, to the watching American.
“I feel incredible to be able to play her here. Of course I’m nervous because I always dreamed about winning it, but I was composed.”
“I miss Serena,” Williams said afterwards, adding, “I tried my best to do the things you do – but I think there will be other opportunities. I will be back”.