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Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams - player profiles

15 July 2017

Their partnership has proved an instant hit as Martinez, who also coaches Spain's Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams, helped guide Muguruza back to the final two years after she lost to Serena Williams.

- The nine-year gap since her last Wimbledon title would also equal the longest winless gap between two Wimbledon victories (Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 1971 and 1980).

"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".

Muguruza is through to the final for the second time in three years and is looking to go one better after losing to Serena in 2015.

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Back in the All England Club final after an eight-year absence, the 37-year-old hopes to become both the oldest Wimbledon and major victor since the Open era began in 1968. "When I look across the net, I don't think it's the right mentality to believe in that person more than me".

Only one Spaniard has previously lifted the Wimbledon women's title - Conchita Martinez, who has been coaching Muguruza at this tournament.

Venus also reached the Australian Open final this year where she was beaten by her sister Serena. Since then, her form has been patchy. When the reporter referred to Querrey as "the first USA player to reach a major semi-final since 2009", Murray was quick to remind him that Serena had won a whopping 23 grand slams in her time.

Venus Williams will play at the age of 37 in the 9th final of his career at the British Open, a record. I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of. I like to think it's working for me.

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"I'm definitely in the position I want to be in".

"I'm sure she's going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match".

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open previous year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.

"All the names that I read on the honours board, I know all of them". "So I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there". "She's been really playing well on grass".

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It is a testament to her durability and strength of character - not to mention a thoroughbred grasscourt game that is surpassed only by her sister who has seven Wimbledon crowns - that Williams still is at a level others can only dream of.

Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams - player profiles