Williams - Muguruza, the expected final

Venus Williams celebrates after reaching the finals of Wimbledon

Venus Williams celebrates after reaching the finals of Wimbledon

It will also be her first since winning the French Open past year but she has been here before, losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final. Only Martina Navratilov (9), Serena Williams (7) and Steffi Graf (7) have more.

The round of 32 saw Mugurza dominate her opponent Sorana Cîrstea (6-2, 6-2) in what was a masterclass of female tennis as the 23-year-old established herself as one of the top contenders for the title. The last time Venus had reached multiple Slam finals in a calendar year was in 2003 (runner-up at AO and Wimbledon).

Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators.

'Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based, ' she posted. "There's definitely a lot of ups and downs", she said.

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Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach more than one Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who lost twice in the 1990s.

The American star, who stormed into the Wimbledon finals for the ninth time, is also bidding to clinch her first Grand Slam title in nine years, after she last lifted the coveted trophy in 2008. "I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of", Venus said. In a tournament that had been blown wide open, not only due to Serena's absence as she awaits the birth of her first child, the absence of Maria Sharapova after her come-back from a drug suspension was hit with injury, the title was for the taking for numerous chasing pack.

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 hailed Williams' longevity, saying: "I think it's very impressive". I thought she handled it well. They've never played on grass.

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Just weeks ago tennis legend John McEnroe said that despite being the "best female player ever - no question", Serena would be ranked at number 700 if she played in the men's circuit.

'She's still motivated to go for more, which is also very surprising'. "But she didn't give me much chance to do something".

"For the last years, you see a lot of Williams surname", she said. Of course, I'm excited about being again in another final, trying to take it a step further.

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