Venus Williams lost the Wimbledon final & everybody’s pretty sad about it

First time Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza holding next to Venus Williams with the runners up plate after winning in Straight sets during the Women's final match between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams on Centre Court on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw that I was kind of broken up about the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday. Venus Williams lost. She lost to Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza, who was the 2016 French Open winner, and a finalist at the 2015 Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams. I went into this knowing that Muguruza seemed to be on fire in the matches leading up to the final. Some even compared her (favorably) to Serena, as in Muguruza suddenly started playing with freedom and ease and passion. I still thought that Venus had a good shot, especially considering that she’s won Wimbledon five times in singles, and that she was the sentimental favorite for most people, I feel certain. Plus, Venus had been on fire too – she dispatched with British favorite Johanna Konta emphatically in the semifinal, and I thought it was a preview of things to come. ‘Twas not to be.

What was particularly painful is that after a very tight and tense first set, Venus seemed to lose confidence right after she had – and lost – set point. Muguruza went on to break Venus’s serve, winning the first set, and then Venus literally didn’t win a game after that. In tennis terms, it’s called a “bagel.” As in, Venus lost the second set 6-0. The zero is the bagel. It felt like the second set went by in about five minutes, as Venus lost focus and Muguruza just started rolling over her. Muguruza is now the only player in history to beat Venus and Serena in Slam finals (she beat Serena at the French Open last year). Wimbledon even republished the two-year-old clip of Serena telling Garbine “you’ll be holding this trophy very, very soon – believe me” after Serena beat her in 2015. I doubt Serena knew how this would play out.

Again, I don’t dislike Muguruza at all – I started following her career after Wimbledon 2015, and I root for her every time she’s not playing against a Williams sister. She’s got a great game, she’s aggressive, she has a lot of power, she’s a great server. She’s the future of women’s tennis if she can keep her head on straight and stay focused. But still… it would have been nice if Venus had won. I’m just so sad about it. Some people wonder if the events of the past few months took more of a toll on Venus than she let on. Perhaps.

Some post-match interviews. Garbine couldn’t have been sweeter, and Venus couldn’t have been more graceful and gracious. But this one still stings.

First time Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza spoilt Venus Williams' day by winning in Straight sets Williams is seen smiling with the runners up trophy during the Women's final match between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams on Centre Court on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

Winner Garbine Muguruza during the Women's final match between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams on Centre Court on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships

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  1. Nancy says:

    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace……..Venus will always be a champion.

  2. Ramona says:

    I’m not ashamed to say I wept a little bit when that second set started slipping. However Venus plays through an autoimmune disorder, its such an incredible feat that she is still even playing at this level. And thats before we even discuss her age. I know y’all love Serena and thats fine but to me, Venus will always be my GOAT.

  3. YouKnowWhoIAm says:

    Not everyone’s sad. How about some props for Garbiñe Muguruza?

  4. Sixer says:

    I didn’t mind who won and the first set was great. Sad it all went with a bagel though and on disputed shots right at the end.

    Don’t mind who wins the men’s either but think am going for Murray/Hingis in the mixed doubles. Then the new doctor!

  5. Goats on the Roof says:

    Wait, wait. She’s played amazingly well, well enough to be in the finals, and people want to chalk her loss up to recent events? Those are stressful no doubt, but the stress of those events would have had an impact throughout right? She simply got outplayed. It happens. Let’s not take anything away from the person who did win.

  6. Tig says:

    No one wins them all-trite but true. I admit I was surprised by the 6-0 score in the second set. Venus to me was also a bit of a surprise finalist, her storied history at Wimbledon notwithstanding. Anyway, it’s possible to acknowledge being sad/wistful over Venus’ loss, and at the same time acknowledging what a great match played by Garbine.

  7. Anya says:

    True, how dare she win against Venus?
    Only Venus and Serena are allowed to win. It doesn’t matter if someone else is actually better.

    • Elaine says:

      Everyone wins sometimes. Its the nature of the game. You win. You lose. And we all have our favourites.

      Congrats to Garbine. But after her French open win in 2016, she spent a year losing -badly. She’s back, for now, and I am happy for the pay off of all her hard work.

      Sorry to see Venus lose. Was rooting for her. But nothing takes away that she was Wimbledon champion FIVE times. Five.

      She is a legend.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Of course Americans like to see Americans win. It is only natural.

    • diana says:

      Comments like this prove to me that @lynnie wasn’t overreacting in the beyonce thread….

      Anyway, it’s not that no one is a allowed to beat Venus and Serena. A lot of people were rooting for Venus because this might be her last chance to win a major. Hell, it may be her last year on tour considering her age and illness.
      But nice little story you’ve told yourself there anya.

  8. Amelia a says:

    Props to Muguruza! Congrats! She played and was aggressive, eyes on the prize. That being said I really felt sad for Venus. She lost her focus in the second set and that was it. Even you could feel the sad vibe at the court. The newspaper here in England came sad too today. The Queen is dead, long live the Queen!

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    Aww, it is bittersweet, for sure. Both women are amazing players, and the grace and sincerity they show in their interviews is so refreshing. To see heartfelt respect between opponents is even more meaningful these days, when public dignity is in short supply.

  10. OTHER RENEE says:

    I always root for the underdog especially if that person has never won before. Hard to feel sorry for someone who had won so many times before and I certainly don’t like to hear people make excuses for that loss. It diminishes the accomplishment of the winner. So, no, definitely no sads here.

    • Dem says:

      Lmao. Venus has Sjogren Syndrom which is incurable and causes her joint pain and fatigue that obviously interferes with her training and her game but how many times have you heard her even mention it? Besides you really think the racist prejudging of the accident didnt affect her training? Did you hear her mention it? Take your analysis to Breitbart, you’ll be right at home there.

  11. Patty says:

    Jodie Whitaker was in Attack The Block! I love that movie; I think she’ll make a great doctor. I just hope the writing and directing give her justice and give her something to work with.

  12. Rivkah says:

    Garbiñe deserved it so much