it was a tale of two coaches and two sisters for Garbine Muguruza, as the Spaniard found the formula to steer her way through a barrage of high-intensity tennis against Venus Williams and claim her first Wimbledon crown.
The moment of truth came in the 10th game when her opponent Williams, 37 but playing with the energy of a teenager, threatened to cut loose after a captivating half hour of play.
The Venezuela-born 23-year-old faced two set points on her own serve but held her nerve to win them both, before reeling off the next six games against the seven-time major singles champion, a player she idolised in her youth.
"I was so excited to go out there and win, especially over somebody like a role model," said Muguruza following the 7-5, 6-0 victory that brought her her second major singles title.
With that comes the distinction of becoming the first player to beat both Venus and sister Serena in major singles finals.
That triumph over the younger Williams came at last year's French Open, which was followed by a dip in form that has transitioned from a gradual to a spectacular reversal over the past fortnight.
"I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there will be other opportunities, I do," Williams said after the match in a message to sister Serena, who missed out on defending her Wimbledon title as she is awaiting the birth of her first child.