When she defeated Serena Williams to win Roland Garros last year, it was revenge for her loss to the American in the Wimbledon final 12 months earlier. It felt as if an icon was about to etch what could be a last gilded image into our collective memory banks.
"I think once I go to the big court, I feel good".
Along the way to this final, Williams' age had been thrown into sharp relief by her opponents: a 21-year-old, two teenagers, then the 20-year-old new star on the block, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Both women came to it playing superbly.
The 23-year-old then stepped up her game to claim the first set, before going on to break in the first game of the second as Williams served a limp double fault on break point.
She is surrounded by the four elements (earth, water, air, fire) while on the rim are the seven liberal arts: grammar, rhetoric, logic, geometry, arithmetic, music and astrology.
Muguruza saved three break points, which included two tension-filled set points in the 10th game, the first of which saw the Spaniard emerge with a clenched fist from an epic 19-shot rally.
Bjorn Borg only came to the academy once, when he was starting out on the senior tour.
"No, definitely not. I was talking with him every day". She makes it 2-2 in first set against Venus.
"It is incredible to play her in the final".
Diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren's syndrome, an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, she learned to deal with that condition by turning to a plant-based diet and altering other routines. Let's let Venus have another moment that's all hers.
"I'm just very surprised that she's hungry to keep winning".
The oldest woman to win a major title is Venus' little sister, Serena Williams.
"So I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there". "So very satisfied the way I handled it". "Here I am. Finally!" Saturday's win comes two years after she lost on Wimbledon's Center Court to Serena Williams. He said: "Nick, the split second I stepped on to the tennis court everything in my mind went blank except for one thing". It's just about getting over the line. "So credit to her", Williams said. Her serve failed her, too.
"She started pressing in the second", Witt observed, "and balls were flying out like you don't see". The shots she had struck so firmly during an unforgettable fortnight had gone missing.
Williams congratulated Muguruza in the post-match interview, telling her: "I know how hard you work, and I'm sure this means so much to you and your family". A theme of the whole first set was the lack of reliability of both players on the forehand side, which had also been the undoing of Konta in the semi-final.