Venus Williams (David Ramos/Getty Images)

Venus Williams was defeated by Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final. But that didn’t stop Muguruza from praising her opponent.

“When I was a little girl, I was watching these finals,” said 23-year-old Muguruza, according to ESPN. “I was watching Venus—I know it sounds incredible. To be able to play against her and now hold the big trophy, it means a lot.”

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Muguruza won the match with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Williams, who could have became the oldest woman in the Open era to win a grand-slam title.

Muguruza is now the first tennis player to beat both Williams sisters in a grand-slam final.

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“I only play against the Williams sisters. It’s incredible,” Muguruza said. “I like it. It’s the best final you can get—Serena or Venus. And to play [Venus] here ... she has won five times, she’s an expert.”