Muguruza can prove herself a true champion if she defeats Venus Williams

Venus Williams celebrates after reaching the finals of Wimbledon

She has had a hard year since, dropping down the world rankings and making a tearful early exit when defending her French Open title in Paris last month, but she believes she is mentally stronger as a result of all that she has been through.

Fast forward on a few years and Williams has reached her second Grand Slam final this year after she suffered another defeat to Serena in Melbourne at the start of the year.

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.

LONDON, UK - Venus Williams will look to cap her resurgent year with a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday, while Garbiñe Muguruza looks for her first.

Williams will appear in her ninth Wimbledon final, eight years after her last appearance in the title match at SW19. "She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do".

Venus Williams has been the beneficiary of quite a poor draw, and to her credit she's taken full advantage. Serena is also the oldest Wimbledon women's singles victor in Open Era history-she won Wimbledon at 34 previous year. "But I know I have to be the cheerleader for myself", she added.

- Venus has won five grass titles, all at Wimbledon.


"She just loves to play and she enjoys going out there, that's what it shows when she keeps playing, even though she has achieved so many things".

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. The five-time champion here has been in the final nine times and she stated that it wouldn't be easy.

Fittingly, it is Venus who lies in wait for Muguruza as the American star is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Navratilova was beaten by Martinez 23 years ago. If Federer, 35, wins, he'll be the oldest Wimbledon champ (though not the oldest Grand Slam champ) of the era. Muguruza lost only set too, against the German Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

We can expect some long rallies, and athletic shot-making and there is very little between the in terms of time spent on court.

The pair are first up on Centre Court, ahead of the men's doubles final and, third in line, the ladies' doubles final.

"I missed her so much before this match". Muguruza can struggle to settle into tournaments due to her heavy ball striking, when it's off she plays scrappy, error-strewn tennis, when it's on she's close to unstoppable, as displayed during her 6-1/6-1 victory against Magdalena Rybarikova in Thursdays semi-final.

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