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Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams - player profiles

Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams - player profiles

She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros previous year.

"You know, I played her also before". "Honestly, they were just cheering for me".

If Williams, 37, takes home the championship, she'll become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era - surpassing her sister Serena Williams for the honor.

Williams' first match saw her face off against Elise Mertens in which she started Wimbledon with a fantastic win after a tough first set (7 (9)-6 (7), 6-4). Only one Spaniard has previously lifted the Wimbledon women's title - Conchita Martinez, who has been coaching Muguruza at this tournament.

However, Muguruza has produced some of the best tennis of her career in SW19 this fortnight, knocking out world No1 Angelique Kerber and dismantling No7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova easily in the quarter-finals.

- Williams has also won at Wimbledon on five occasions, a tally only three other women can better.

"I think my mind is more equipped this time", said the 2016 French Open champion.

But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins Wimbledon. "But, you know, to have her by my side gives me also this confidence of having someone that has won before".

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The 23-year-old Muguruza stormed into the final by beating Magdalena Rybarikova, Thursday. Keep playing, even though she achieve so many things.

Williams is a household name not only for the tennis fraternity but across global sport and Venus has now played at the French Open and the ongoing Wimbledon without 23 Grand Slam victor Serena, who is preparing to give birth to her first child later this year. The last time Venus had reached multiple Slam finals in a calendar year was in 2003 (runner-up at AO and Wimbledon).

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.

The pair are first up on Centre Court, ahead of the men's doubles final and, third in line, the ladies' doubles final.

Muguruza will have to serve well and return even better to win her second Grand Slam title.

Of the 42 grand slam matches in which Muguruza has won the first set she has lost only two, while Williams has won 232 of the 250 in which she has taken the opener. Her tall frame enables her to get a good early strike on her opponents with her first delivery and she has backed this up with assured groundstrokes and a willingness to approach the net when the opportunity presents itself.

What could work in Venus' favour are her improved second serve, and her forehand which has been firing on both barrels this fortnight. "But I want to continue playing like I have in all my matches so far".


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