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

15 July 2017

Garbine Muguruza reckons her opponent in the Wimbledon women's singles final will achieve something she never will even before play gets underway. "I'm sure she's going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match".

After winning her first-round match at Wimbledon, Williams broke down in tears at the news conference that followed. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club.

Muguruza is bidding to become the first Spanish woman to win Wimbledon since her current coach Conchita Martinez won the title in 1994, and the second Spaniard to win Wimbledon in Open Era history.

Muguruza has lost just a single set so far―against Angelique Kerber―and dropped just two games in her semi-final.

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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. Too few of those on Centre Court and Henman Hill knew the British No 1 well enough to love her.

"I think she's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it's a long tournament", said Muguruza of her 45-year-old compatriot. "But I like to take courage in the fact that I've been playing well this tournament and this year, and all these moments have led to this", she said after winning her semi-final.

Venus Williams and Roger Federer have proved this week that they still have plenty of good tennis left to play as each reached yet another Wimbledon final.

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. Muguruza is playing her third major final since Wimbledon 2015.

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

"For the last years, you see a lot of Williams surname", she said.

Johanna Konta's ambitions of becoming the first British female victor at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977 were ended by Venus Williams while Muguruza dismissed Magdalena Rybarikova, the story of the tournament, in convincing fashion. She has proven that when she is on a hot streak, she can be unstoppable, as she was over her two weeks at French Open in 2016, where she even dispatched off Serena easily.

"Serena's always in my corner and usually it's her in these finals and I'm trying my best to represent Williams family as best I can", Venus told the "BBC".

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However, that was on clay, and facing the American on grass, a surface she dominated in the noughties, will be a different proposition altogether. I have to go out there and take it and play well. Now, you know, knocking on the door for a title. Williams has hit 26 en route to the final.

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