A heated battle ensued on Court No 2 to see No 14 Muguruza strip Angelique Kerber of her top world ranking.
GARBINE MUGURUZA won an epic encounter with Angelique Kerber and ended her reign as world No 1.
Kerber will finally lose the top ranking to Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova when Wimbledon is over after a miserable time being shot at as the world’s best player.
And 2015 finalist Muguruza confirmed that she was ready to emerge from her own slump with a brave 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory across a compelling two hours and 20 minutes.
What looked like a classic in the making lived up to its billing.
Muguruza came out firing, playing aggressively and putting pressure on the Kerber serve but without managing to bring up a break point.
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The Spaniard saved one against her with some more brave tennis but finally capitulated in the ninth game and Kerber served the first set out, courtesy of a fine final point.
The world No 1 was back to her dogged best and she had to be against a bold opponent. And she wasn’t the only one feeling the heat as a ballboy had to be led off court just before a break point on the Muguruza serve.
The former French Open champion saved it and as the second set ebbed and flowed, it was she who made the crucial move, breaking Kerber in the 10th game at the second time of asking.
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The deciding set was a drama in itself. Kerber went 2-0 up with a break, Muguruza levelled it at 2-2 only to drop serve again.
But she kept on fighting, breaking Kerber again for 3-3 and then saving a break point to hold for 4-3.
In the 10th game, she held two match points at 15/40 on the Kerber serve only for the German to play two brilliant points.
But Muguruza was not to be denied and a netted backhand by Kerber gave her victory.