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Garbine Muguruza in awe of evergreen Venus Williams ahead of Wimbledon final

15 Julio 2017

Williams reached the final at the Australian Open in January and shows no sign of slowing down. "I'm not satisfied with where I am now".

"I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, because they're very special".

Both players held their serves through the match's first 10 games - including a key save by Muguruza, who escaped the first break point for either player to keep it even at 3-3.

And she's showing it again this year at the All England Club, where she will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in her ninth Wimbledon final.

Muguruza, however, beat Serena to win the French Open title in 2016. 14th seeded Muguruza managed to reach her second Wimbledon final with a 6-1, 6-1 win over unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova. It's a long two weeks. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash. I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have. I have to go out there and take it and play well.

Plus, Williams already has just shy of a dozen ESPYs to her name, so while it's still surely an honor, it's familiar territory for her. Hopefully, she's rooting for her fellow athletes while cuddled up at home with some popcorn and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. She leads 3-0 in the second set. Simply, she lost to the better player on the day.

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.

Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators. You have illnesses. You're not going to be always playing 100 per cent. Only Martina Navratilov (9), Serena Williams (7) and Steffi Graf (7) have more. "I had the hardest match against such an incredible player". "It's a lot of pressure". "I wouldn't have it any other way".

"I think he's just proving his greatness in our sport", he said.

Muguruza showed guts to sneak a nerve-shredding opening set, saving two set points before hitting Williams decisively one game later. She is 7-8 lifetime in her previous 15 major finals. "You have to love who you are because that's what's most important".

When this Wimbledon lacked its customary empress, its women's singles event gained the description "wide-open" and had the chance to yield a final that would be weird, anonymous or even clunky. In 2015 she was defeated by Venus Williams' sister, Serena.

Garbine Muguruza in awe of evergreen Venus Williams ahead of Wimbledon final