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Garbine Muguruza in awe of evergreen Venus Williams ahead of Wimbledon final

Garbine Muguruza in awe of evergreen Venus Williams ahead of Wimbledon final

The five-time Wimbledon victor, who first learned the sport on the courts of Compton, will face Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Saturday with another championship and history on the line. "Only one's going to win".

Hingis, who won five Grand Slam singles titles, is happy to concentrate now on doubles.

Perhaps even more relevant is how she has developed since beating the younger Williams sister to join Martinez as a Spanish Grand Slam victor a year ago. Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, Sjögren's syndrome, which causes fatigue and muscle pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. In the video, Williams appeared to slow to avoid a auto making a left turn in front of her, then proceeded through the intersection when her vehicle was struck.

The American, 37, will overtake sister Serena's record - set when she was aged 35 at the Australian Open in January - by winning her sixth SW19 title. She won the French Open last year, and was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon the year before.

Yet Muguruza has flown through the draw, and this time around she had some good preparation on the grass reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham as well. "The previous times, you know, you're so concentrated that you can not enjoy as well".

Venus Williams bids to win her eighth Grand Slam title, the first one in nine years (she triumphed last time at 2008 Wimbledon beating her sister Serena in the final).

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Eight years after her last Wimbledon final and more than two decades since Martina Navratilova became the last 37-year-old to reach the same stage, Williams produced the sort of attacking performance that led her to five titles in her heyday. Only 23 players have ascended to the No.1 ranking since 1973. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash. "She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do".

Prediction: Muguruza wins in three sets. Muguruza has fired 30 percent unreturnable first serves and 12 percent unreturnable second serves.

Williams has been known as a power-hitter who loves to visit the net for the bulk of her career, while her 23-year-old opponent has used the tactic mostly on grass. Yet many of its greatest players have nevertheless found ways to stay in the thick of things even as they careened toward middle age.

Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19.

Both players are riding high on confidence, but Venus has as added edge, knowing that she has beaten Muguruza three times out of the four that they have played in the past.


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