The comeback took years. The farewell took minutes.
After a hard-fought opening set Saturday, a listless Venus Williams saw her bid for Wimbledon history end with a whimper. She lost to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-0 under the closed roof at Centre Court.
The second set lasted just 26 minutes, and the crowd grew quiet as Williams, 37, offered less and less resistance, and the loss looked increasingly inevitable.
Across the net was a fresh and steady Muguruza, who wore down her legendary opponent with relentless groundstrokes and precious few mistakes.
“I was just very composed,” said the smiling and charismatic winner of last year’s French Open. It was the...