GARBINE Muguruza put the script in the trash and stormed to a sensational Wimbledon win.
Venus Williams was well and truly Mug’d on her way to what would have been an historic triumph.
After Muguruza had edged a compelling first set, Williams fell apart.
The American, who would have succeeded sister Serena as the oldest female Grand Slam winner in the Open Era, was unrecognisable from the player who had shattered Jo Konta’s dreams in the semi final.
And she suffered the humiliation of a bagel set into the bargain as Muguruza ruthlessly claimed her second Slam title, 7-5 6-0.
Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, deserved to edge a tight and tense opening set.
Both players saved a break point midway through, but Williams turned on the afterburners in the 10th game and held two set points on the Muguruza serve.
Showing great guts, Muguruza won four points in a row, then broke her opponent in the following game.
A Williams backhand into the net allowed the Spaniard to serve it out.
Muguruza was getting her rewards for backing herself. At the start of the second set, she was convinced a Williams first serve on break point was out.
She was right, and the American sent her second into the net.
Williams, for no apparent reason other than how well Muguruza was playing, was going to pieces.
Normally so intimidating and commanding at the net, the six-time champion was being passed at will and then sent a routine volley wide to fall two breaks behind.
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Unbelievably, it got worse. By now Williams seemed incapable of putting the ball in court, sending groundstrokes sailing over the baseline or wide of the tramlines.
In the end, tennis’ Amazon warrior queen cut a sad figure.
She saved two championship points, but not a third when Muguruza correctly judged a backhand had gone long.
It was a low-key end to a baffling match.
Speaking court-side after her brilliant victory, Muguruza said: “I had my hardest match against Venus. I grew up watching her play so it was incredible to play her here.
“Of course I’m nervous, I always dreamed to be here. I was composed I guess.
“Two years ago I lost in the final I lost to Serena and she told me one day I was maybe going to win. Two years later, here I am!”
Williams added: “Congratulations Garbine, amazing. I know how hard you work. Well done today, beautiful.
“We had a lot of beautiful moments in the last couple of weeks.”
In a message to her sister Serena, who beat Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon final, Venus added: “I miss you, I tried my best to do the same things as you do, but I think there will be other opportunities.”