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Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals how she's improved since French Open win

15 July 2017, 06:07 | Joan Schultz

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals how she's improved since French Open win

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday

Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain's Johanna Konta, during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Her opponent has just one Grand Slam title on her resume―last year's French Open―but is one of the sport's top rising stars, and her form has arguably been even better of late.

Muguruza fought back from a set down to beat world number one Angelique Kerber in the last 16, then reached her second Wimbledon final by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in a one-sided semi-final.

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

Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates victory after the Ladies Singles final against Venus Williams.

"We had a brutal quarter-final previous year here (when Federer came from two sets down to win) and he crushed me at the US Open in 2014".

If Muguruza is able to replicate her 22 winners from the semi-final and keep her unforced errors down then she will be well placed to overcome Venus in her third career major final.

"It was just a very surprising moment when you reach a final in a tournament where you thought it was going to be hard, but right now I know how to play more on grass". "When she puts herself in a position to do that, she plays with a lot of depth, a lot of speed, and you don't get much of a chance to get your, I guess, grip into the points".

Asked what was going through her head at the finish, Konta said: "Damn, I'm done".

Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain's Johanna Konta during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday

Muguruza had spoken eloquently this week of etching her name onto the Wimbledon honours board alongside Venus, Serena and the other All England Club icons.

"So that becomes definitely a different factor", Williams said. Navratilova, a natural grass-court player (perhaps the greatest of all time), faced the Spanish clay-courter Conchita Martinez in what seemed like match-up that heavily favored Navratilova based on skill-sets and destiny.

Victory in today's final - in which, with rain a possibility, the Wimbledon roof may come into play - would see the evergreen American surpass Serena as the oldest major title victor since the sport turned professional in 1968.

Whether she wins or not on Saturday, Muguruza will once again be faced with a typical challenge for her: How can she step up for the smaller tournaments the way she does at the Slams?

At an age when her contemporaries have long since retired, Venus says she is playing some of the best tennis of her life as she eyes a place in the record books.

"For me it's just about betting on myself every time. She played a remarkably good tournament".

"It's been a little bit of a roller-coaster for her, with her injuries, her virus (Sjogren's) and all these issues but now it seems like she's fine and she's sorted it all out and she's playing great tennis", Hingis said.

Williams, the No, 10 seed, also has the most singles wins at Wimbledon for an active player.

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