Serena Williams says 'I feel like I'm there at Wimbledon with Venus'

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Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.

Venus, at the age of 37, is attempting to become the oldest female player in the Open Era to lift a Grand Slam trophy.

Over the last four years, Venus has proven every detractor wrong.

The Swiss is also the only woman other than Serena Williams to have beaten Venus in a grand slam final, having done so in the US Open in 1997.

It will be Williams's ninth at Wimbledon and the stage for a potential eighth grand slam crown and having defied the odds to reach this point, few would now bet against her. Flavia Pennetta did not hang around after her shock 2015 triumph at Flushing Meadows. The German won the first set 6-4 but Muguruza came back to take the game 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

Despite the almost identical first-serve-conversion rates, Williams has won 80 percent of her first-serve points, more than 7 percentage points better than Muguruza. But Muguruza failed to make any final in the next twelve months.

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Muguruza was naturally aware of that, but does not believe there is anything to be learned from how her fellow Spaniard coped that day.

The road back to the top has been a bumpy one for Williams, who last was in the Wimbledon final eight years ago when she lost the championship to her sister - something that also happened in 2002 and '03. "It's a long two weeks".

However, she has been impressive at Wimbledon under the guidance of temporary coach Conchita Martinez - the only Spanish woman to have previously won Wimbledon when she beat Martina Navratilova in 1994. "In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot", Muguruza said Friday.

"I've been here a while already".

"I'm proud of her, everyone is proud of her". Not that I'm doing something different, honestly.

"It's been a little bit of a roller-coaster for her, with her injuries, her virus (Sjogren's) and all these issues but now it seems like she's fine and she's sorted it all out and she's playing great tennis", Hingis said. Maybe it's just her tournament to end the drought.

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In a battle between two power-hitters with attacking intentions, serving success and fresh legs could be key. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments.

"I think she's [Martinez] helping me how to deal with the tournament, because obviously it's a grand slam, and it's hard to handle because it's two weeks".

If Muguruza is able to replicate her 22 winners from the semi-final and keep her unforced errors down then she will be well placed to overcome Venus in her third career major final.

Last meeting: Muguruza won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, quarter-finals, 2017 Rome Masters. "She's been really playing well on grass".

"I feel very focused". I have one more match that I'd like to, you know, be the victor of.

Until you do right by Venus Williams, everything you even think about in tennis is going to crumble. The opponent she faces on Saturday is 14 years younger than her. Williams has been one of the most successful female players at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club winning a stupendous 5 singles titles. Williams has hit 26 en route to the final. Over to Centre Court.

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