March 20, 2018

Garbine Muguruza vs. Venus Williams - player profiles

15 July 2017, 12:16 | Joan Schultz

Venus Williams into Wimbledon final

Venus challenge awaits Muguruza

Williams will take on 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the finals of the women's singles event.

Venus Williams insists her fairytale run is not finished yet as she attempts to become the oldest victor of the women's singles title at Wimbledon for more than a century. When the reporter referred to Querrey as "the first United States player to reach a major semi-final since 2009", Murray was quick to remind him that Serena had won a whopping 23 grand slams in her time.

With the win in last-four, Venus also equalled her younger sister Serena's total of 86 main draw match wins at Wimbledon, the most among any active player.

For Williams, it is her second grand slam final appearance of 2017 - the 37-year-old enjoying a resurgence late in her career - but her first Wimbledon showpiece in nearly a decade.

Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach more than one Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who lost twice in the 1990s. "The last time she played Serena so I'll have to ask Serena for some pointers", informed Venus.

Venus also reached the Australian Open final this year where she was beaten by her sister Serena.

"I miss her so much".

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"I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", Muguruza said. "I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have", Venus said.

"I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that".

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open previous year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.

Should she prevail on Saturday, she would surpass Serena as the oldest Wimbledon women's singles champion in the professional era and the oldest since Charlotte Sterry in 1908.

By a twist of fate Martinez will be in Muguruza's corner on Saturday, as she has been for the past fortnight in the absence of her regular coach Sam Sumyk, whose wife is expecting a baby. "It's not a long time ago", Muguruza said.

Here, with the help of Opta, we look at the best facts as Venus looks to put the Williams name on the honours board for another year.

Beating in-form Venus in their first meeting on grass will be her toughest test, but the Spanish 14th seed is convinced she can emulate her coach's memorable triumph.

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