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US Open Spotlight: Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbiñe Muguruza holds up the Venus Rosewater Dish after winning Wimbledon 2017.

On Saturday, Garbiñe Muguruza shook off a 13-month title drought with her second Grand Slam championship, winning the last nine games of the match to defeat Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-0, and capture the 2017 Wimbledon women’s singles title.

Here’s a little more on this two-time major champion:

The Garbiñe Muguruza File

Age: 23
Height: 6-0
Residence: Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality: Spain
Current Rank: 15
Career-High Rank: 2 (June 2016)
Best US Open Finish: 2R (2015-16)

The Baseline

- Muguruza, long billed as a rising star in the women’s game, won her first Grand Slam title a year ago at the French Open, defeating Serena Williams in the final. That avenged a loss to Serena at the Wimbledon final in 2015. With her victory Saturday, Muguruza joins multiple-time winners Serena, Venus and Maria Sharapova and fellow two-time champions Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova as the only active women with two or more Grand Slam titles.

- Muguruza’s victory at Wimbledon is her first tour title – as well as her first final – since the 2016 French Open and the fourth tour title of her young career. The others came in Hobart in 2014 and Beijing in 2015.

- Largely under the radar, Muguruza, who is coached by 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez, has enjoyed a solid 2017. She reached the semifinals at the Wimbledon tune-up in Birmingham as well as WTA events in Brisbane and Rome, and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. With her title at the All England Club, she will leap from No. 15 in the world to No. 5 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

- Muguruza was born in Venezuela, her mom’s home country, but moved to Spain, her father’s home country, when she was 6 years old to train at the Bruguera Tennis Academy. A dual national, she officially made the decision to represent Spain in 2014 and played under the Spanish flag at the 2016 Olympic Games. She has also competed for Spain in Fed Cup.

- For all her success, the one place Muguruza has yet to break through is the US Open. She is just 2-4 in main-draw matches in New York, having fallen in the second round each of the last two years. She did, however, reach the round of 16 in doubles in 2014 with Carla Suarez Navarro before falling to Serena and Venus.

They Said It!

"Two years ago I lost to Serena and she told me maybe one day I would win. Here I am!" - Muguruza, following her Wimbledon title victory over Venus Williams