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Muguruza can prove herself a true champion if she defeats Venus Williams

15 Julio 2017, 11:25 | Cornelio Vivanco

Venus Williams celebrates after reaching the finals of Wimbledon

Venus Williams celebrates after reaching the finals of Wimbledon

"I'm definitely in the position I want to be in". It s a long two weeks.

" 'I still know that it's a big mountain to climb, ' Cilic said".

"I just love the game and I don't want this part of my life to end".

It will be Williams's ninth at Wimbledon and the stage for a potential eighth grand slam crown and having defied the odds to reach this point, few would now bet against her. She has a considerable fan base and is always warmly received, as befits someone who has won seven slam titles and has graced this tournament with her wondrous gifts since 1997.

A gradual decline followed, and when she was diagnosed with the auto-immune condition Sjogren's syndrome in 2011, it seemed Williams' grand slam-winning days were over. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments.

But Muguruza has made it to the last day, too, and with all the hype and hullabaloo surrounding Konta she's been able to get there her own sweet way.

"There's still a lot to be done". "But I'd like to think that Andy has inspired both girls and boys to play".

"That final helped me a lot to figure out a way to play better on grass because before I was, like, not very experienced".

Serena Williams is backing older sister Venus Williams to keep the Wimbledon title in the family for another year when the 37-year-old takes on Muguruza in the women's final.

But the world No. 15 has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins the final today. "I'm sure she's going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match".

These two have met in a final before at the WTA Wuhan Draw where Muguruza retired injured back in 2015. She first went to number one in February 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era. "The racket has to talk".

Muguruza, born in Caracas to a Venezuelan mother and Spanish father, believes she has moved on from that post-French Open malaise, although it took half of last season.

At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.

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?

It's like she had tunnel vision and was literally just playing the ball and not another human being across the net.

"Not that I'm doing something different, honestly". "Poor young V. But I've definitely come up since that time".

Williams and Muguruza have played each other four times before, and the American has won three of them.

It was a rare and revealing display of emotion by a player typically seen as pleasant but often careful and guarded in her answers.

Williams caressed a forehand victor down the line on a third match point to seal victory over Konta and celebrated in understated fashion.

Muguruza has played some superb tennis over the fortnight.

But - something which happens quite a lot - the new champion struggled to follow up her great triumph. However, the five-time Wimbledon champion would face her greatest challenge in the semi-final against hometown favourite Johanna Konta.



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