Garbine Muguruza Beats Venus Williams to Win Wimbledon

Lynette Rowe
July 15, 2017

The All England Club has seen just about everything else in tennis. And worth your time. Having already become the oldest player to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam she is now a step away from becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era (since 1968). Venus Williams had beaten Great Britain's Johanna Konta in the semis to book a place in the title clash.

But the world No. 15 has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins the final today.

All is set for what should be an intriguing match-up.

Venus is breaking records at this year's Wimbledon. Now here they are. "But she didn't give me much chance to do something".

Not many had expected Venus to reach so far in the tournament but Serena Williams' resurgent sibling, slowly and silently marched on, breezed past two of the favourites to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009. She had gone almost eight years prior to the Australian Open final without reaching a showpiece major final.

Following her very first Slam final, a defeat by Martina Hingis in the 1997 US Open final, Venus Williams is yet to lose to an opponent other than Serena Williams in a Slam final. "I'm not sure exactly what she's doing".

"I'll have to ask Serena for some pointers", Venus Williams said. "It is very impressive", Muguruza said of Williams' lasting power.

"I know tomorrow I'm looking forward a lot to go on the court".

Three-seeded Rodger Federer defeated eleventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to advance to his eleventh Wimbledon final.

Muguruza has been working with 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez during the tournament but thinks it is her own past experience of grand slam finals that has her better prepared as she seeks to secure a second major crown. Nothing like this, these two fantastic siblings, will ever happen again in American sports. He now stands 11-1 in those matches, only losing last season to Milos Raonic. They have certainly made history.

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Serena and Venus talk after every match, and occasionally text before.

And then there is Federer. You have illnesses. You're not going to be always playing 100 per cent.

Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida; not long afterward, a passenger in the other vehicle died.

He never lost another game that night. And gone back in time.

"I'm actually coping well, I mean I have the best reason to not play", Williams, 35, told ABC News. But when Federer needed to raise his level in a first set tiebreaker, he did that.

Prediction: Muguruza wins in three sets.

The Men's Finals will be played on Sunday between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic. 1 and 2. Each has lost one set. On the next four points, his racket touched the ball once. Muguruza has one title to her name, the 2016 French Open. Cilic, by contrast, will be playing in his first Wimbledon final and his second major title after his run to the championship at the 2014 U.S. Open. He will show up on Sunday, with a big service game and a big baseline game, and some muscle memory against Federer.

"I feel I'm ready for it", he said.

For him. For Venus.

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