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Wimbledon 2017 women's final: Venus Williams vs. Garbiñe Muguruza

Wimbledon 2017 women's final: Venus Williams vs. Garbiñe Muguruza”

Mugurza, however, is determined to do whatever it takes to once again halt a Williams' charge in the final. Their only clash since then came at Wimbledon previous year, where Cilic led by two sets before Federer came back to tally the final win of his injury-shortened season.

"She's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it's a long tournament", Muguruza said.

The American winning her sixth title some 17 summers after her first would be an incredible tale, especially given her traumas off-court. She attempted to regain her composure before telling the moderator, "Maybe I should go", and then left the room.

She said she feels she has accomplished everything she set out to do in tennis so she's just looking to "have fun and relax" when she does return.

Muguruza has only dropped one set on her way to the summit clash. But hey, she's earned a night off: She's well into her first pregnancy, and you can't really blame her for not wanting to parade around in heels for the night when she's busy, you know, growing human life. Only 23 players have ascended to the No.1 ranking since 1973. At 37, she has proved that age is no barrier and esteemed judges like Chris Evert have suggested that Venus is playing better tennis this Wimbledon than when she was World No.1 over a decade ago. "I'm not satisfied with where I am now". "I can't ask for more, but I want a little more".

"I find it odd because she doesn't have consistency so much. I don't think I could be 37 and playing that level".

'She's still motivated to go for more, which is also very surprising'.

"I think you have to build up, get some experience, get to the final, win a few more tournaments".

The veteran has steadily improved as the tournament has progressed, saving her best performance for the semi-final against Johanna Konta.

"I'm different, but not very different". This will be hugely important for her. Claims she can scarcely recall, growing up, watching Venus play.

That was the year Williams made her Wimbledon debut. "She had a couple of years where she was hitting shots all over the show", Wade said. And it is Martinez's presence that seems to have done wonders for her confidence and temperament.

- They have met once previously at a grand slam, when they faced each other in the women's doubles at the 2014 US Open, with the Williams sisters beating Muguruza and her partner, Carla Suarez Navarro.

Now she has the chance to make amends for that 6-4 6-4 defeat by Serena Williams with victory over her older sister.

The vast majority of fans of basketball, football and the Olympics would label these three megastars as the undisputed greats of their respective sports due to the unrivalled and elongated dominance they displayed throughout their sporting careers. "But when she wants something, usually she gets it!" "I'm trying to represent the Williams family the best that I can".

"I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that. It works for me".

Venus Williams, of course, is a tall order, probably the sentimental choice for tennis fans as they've watched her rebound from chronic illness and personal tragedies - the drive-by murder of a half-sister, the vehicle accident in Florida last month that resulted in an elderly man's death (and for which police originally said Williams was to blame, though they've since retracted that statement).

I'll side with Venus here. I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have.

"I thought it was close", said Federer.

Serena is keen to pick up her racket and head to the court to play tennis after she gives birth later this year, but the one thing she is desperate to have when her baby arrives is "quality sleep".



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