Then, when it mattered most, Muguruza produced a nine-game burst that stopped Williams in her tracks. The bigger the stage, the tougher the opponent, the higher the stakes, the better she played.
“I always come very motivated to the Grand Slams,” admitted Muguruza – but at Wimbledon, she arrived with unfinished business. “Since I lost the final here, I wanted to change that. I came thinking, I’m prepared, I feel good. During the tournament and the matches, I was feeling better and better. Every match, I was increasing my level.”
Muguruza is just the second Spaniard to win the ladies’ singles title, after her stand-in coach Conchita Martinez, and the first player to beat both Venus and Serena Williams in Grand Slam finals – a feat she took great pride in, having grown up watching the American greats redefine the women’s game and dominate at The Championships, winning 12 titles combined since the turn of the century.