Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza: Wimbledon 2017 final preview and prediction

It is hard to think that there was a four-year spell between 2011 and 2014 when she failed to go past the last 16 at a Grand Slam. The next week, the Razorbacks and. At 37-years-old, Williams will be the oldest ever Wimbledon champ if she wins.

Judging by the the odds, Vegas thinks Williams vs. Muguruza wll be a much closer contest than Federer vs. Cilic. "It's two long weeks". The 23-Grand Slam titles champion joined ESPN's SC6 on Thursday night and told hosts Jemele and Michael that: "I feel like I'm there, in a weird way".

Venus has overcome Sjogren's Syndrome and several injuries to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009, and Serena believes her sister's triumphs inspire others suffering from the auto-immune disease. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments.

And if the Spaniard needed any more momentum to take her into the final, her semi-final victory was practically flawless as she breezed through the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova (6-1, 6-1). She had gone almost eight years prior to the Australian Open final without reaching a showpiece major final.

- With six titles and eight final appearances, Serena has been virtually untouchable at the US Open, except when she faces Venus.

"There's still a lot to be done".

"I think she just loves to play and she enjoys going out there", Muguruza said.

"I try not to change a lot of things because I think my game, if I have a good level, it's very good to go out there and have a lot of chances to win", Muguruza said. Serena is also the oldest Wimbledon women's singles victor in Open Era history-she won Wimbledon at 34 past year. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash. Her tall frame enables her to get a good early strike on her opponents with her first delivery and she has backed this up with assured groundstrokes and a willingness to approach the net when the opportunity presents itself.

"I don't think it's going to be different".

It was all too much, too soon but, after a year spent failing to live up to heightened expectations, Muguruza has made it back into a final for the first time at any tournament since Roland Garros. "The racket has to talk".

Muguruza has only dropped one set on her way to the summit clash. She has been working with 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez recently.

Muguruza struggled to cope with the expectation and attention after the French Open previous year, although she seemed perfectly relaxed at her pre-final press conference.

She has tried, coach David Witt said, to "just focus on the tennis". "But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before". Never played a lot of tournaments.

"I don't know that I play exactly the same way she does. So she knows what's to come", Martinez said of today's match.

Williams has done great work with both her forehand and second serve at Wimbledon.

All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams.

Add to that the mental strains from the incident in Florida last month, and you can see why this is history in the making - if not a tale for the ages already.

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