Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Venus Williams on verge of history in Wimbledon final vs. Garbine Muguruza

Venus Williams on verge of history in Wimbledon final vs. Garbine Muguruza

Venus Williams will hope to reclaim her Wimbledon crown after a nine-year wait today against Garbine Muguruza, in a final that has the makings of a classic battle of the big hitters.

She passed Serena for most main draw matches at the All England Club after her second round victory and her stats have been impressive, winning 80% of her first serve points and dropping serve just six times in 59 games. Williams dismissed the French Open champion (Jelena Ostapenko), a British top-10 sensation (Johanna Konta) and three players born in 1997, including the 2016 newcomer of the year (Naomi Osaka).

The Spanish 23-year-old was still three years away from turning professional when Williams last reached the finals at Wimbledon, in 2009 (the road to redemption has been a lengthy one).

Less than a month later, on July 3, Williams was asked about the incident at the post-match press conference following her win in her first round clash at Wimbledon 2017 against Belgian Elise Mertens.

On losing to one Williams and then beating another, Muguruza said: "Two years ago I lost in the final here to Serena".

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This had been expected to be a close, tight match, and for most of the first set, it lived up to its billing.

Muguruza was beaten by Venus' sister Serena in the 2015 final.

With a light rain falling and the women's final between Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza due to start in about an hour, the roof over the main stadium has already been closed to ensure play will begin on time.

Federer is bidding to join Bjorn Borg (1976) as the only men in the Open Era to win Wimbledon unblemished.

However, Venus has found a way to turn back time in 2017, playing some wonderful tennis, which also saw her reach the final of the Australian Open, where she, again, was stopped right at the end by Serena.

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Sister Serena is not here because she is expecting her first child.

She was Australian Open runner-up in January to sister Serena, only to have her life thrown into turmoil last month when she was accidently involved in a auto crash in Florida that led to the death of an elderly man.

In the men's final, Federer is the heavy and emotional favorite to win his record eighth Wimbledon title in his 11 final at the All England Club. "I'm completely speechless. It's just - yeah, I mean, I'm just ..." a visibly shaken Williams said, before breaking down and walking out of the room. She floored World No 1 Angelique Kerber and then edged past Slovakian first-timer Magdalena Rybarikova to enter her second Wimbledon final. "She was definitely an inspiration and it's incredible to play her here". Williams was unable to take advantage of early chances against Spain's Muguruza - who only grew more accurate and confident as the match progressed.

Inspired by her decision to hire compatriot Conchita Martinez as her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Muguruza has enjoyed a revival of her own over the last fortnight. "But she didn't give me much chance to do something".

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