WImbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza ready for tough Venus Williams test in final

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova

Other than winning. As, of course, is Williams.

At 37, Williams is bidding to become the oldest champion in more than a century after qualifying for her ninth final - eight years after her eighth and, incredibly, 20 years after debuting at The All England Club. Her passing game has been on point, and with her great groundstrokes, she has forced plenty of unforced errors.

Muguruza, who won the French Open last year, is aiming to become the first female Spanish player to win at Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez, her coach, in 1994.

She was ruthless against all three of them, winning in straight sets before ending any hope Johanna Konta had of becoming the first homegrown champion in 40 years in the semi-finals, also winning in straight sets.

Glory in front of the Royal Box tomorrow would represent her first Wimbledon title since beating Serena in 2008.

It will be Muguruza's second Wimbledon final having been defeated in 2015 by Venus' sister Serena, a seven-time winner. "I wish she could be here with me, but I guess I'll have to do it on my own".

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

The absence of her sister and Sharapova (injured) had strengthened its chances of success this year. So she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did.

Williams, chasing a sixth trophy on the grass of the All England club, put down a British challenge from Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2. "I was so nervous".

It wasn't a giant opening but there was a glint of daylight. "Poor young V. But I've definitely come up since that time". Also I know how to handle it a lot better.

"If you felt it before, it's really helpful". 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. Garbine Muguruza merely will be facing Williams, which isn't necessarily less daunting.

That's where she is, the sport's grand dame, on the verge of history. "I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point". "I think not everybody can do that".

"For me, it's incredible".

'I think she just loves to play and she enjoys going out there, ' she added.

Tomas Berdych now knows what it's like to walk in Novak Djokovic's shoes. Keep playing, even though she achieve so many things.

Roger Federer of Switzerland will face Marin Cilic of Croatia in the men's singles final while the women's final will feature Venus Williams of the United States against Garbine Muguruza of Spain. She was fined $5,000 at the 2016 Australian Open for skipping the news conference after her first-round loss. However, her current form is just undeniably brilliant, and she should be able to claim her first Wimbledon title.

"I feel much more calm, more in control of my emotions than last time. It's a huge difference".

A buzzing bee delayed the start, Williams careful not to squash it, which would have been a fairly straightforward shot for the highly-skilled veteran.

However, the 26-year-old could not find the same intensity that had seen her knock out second seed Simona Halep in a dramatic quarter-final on Tuesday as she lost at the semi-final stage of a slam for the second time in her career.

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