After the wonderment about whether Venus Williams would become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam Finals (the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, or the U.S. Open) viewers awoke Saturday morning to find the possibility get crushed quickly. The reason for this was 23 year old Garbine Muguruza who bested the older Williams sister in two sets, the first one 7-5 after she rallied from down 5-4 and fended off several chances by Williams to seal the deal. After that it was a matter of reaching the requisite score to win as the younger Muguruza, after a tournament dominated by older players, finally made one of the seasoned veterans look like they were past their prime in a final set that was 6-0 and took just under half an hour of domination to complete. For Williams this represents her second lost Grand Slam final this year after losing to Serena in Australia in February and a second final lost at Wimbledon (she also lost in the final in 2009) after she won it five times from 2000 to 2008.
With her win, Muguruza now finds herself the answer to a number of interesting tennis trivia questions, as she is only the second Spanish woman after Conchita Martinez who bested legendary Maria Navratilova, who at that time was also 37 years old, way back in the 1994 final. Martinez also helped coach her for this tournament to add to the irony. She is also the only player to ever beat both Williams sisters in a Grand Slam final after she beat Serena in an upset win at Roland Garros for the 2016 French Open title. The next quest for Muguruza, Venus (Serena is missing the rest of the season with her first pregnancy), Jelena Ostapenko, Angelique Kerber, and the rest of the Women’s Tennis world is the U.S. Open which starts in late August.