Venus Williams revealed she will be backing Roger Federer to win a historic eighth title against Marin Cilic on Sunday and believes it's 'uncool' to not be a supporter of the 18-time Grand Slam champion.
Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday to win the 2017 Wimbledon Women's title. I feel like that's where I want to be, that's what I practise for. The 37-year-old was also bidding to become the oldest woman in the Open era to win a Grand Slam title. Both women came to it playing superbly.
The match was played under a closed roof on Centre Court, the first time a women's final had been played indoors.
Set to climb back to second in the rankings, the one-time world No.2 admits consistency isn't her strong point.
She is surrounded by the four elements (earth, water, air, fire) while on the rim are the seven liberal arts: grammar, rhetoric, logic, geometry, arithmetic, music and astrology.
Claire Liu became the first American in 25 years to win the junior title at Wimbledon.
But she lives for the big stages. "I miss Serena", said Williams who won just 12 points in the 24-minute second set.
Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. In the first, there was a real battle between two fierce ladies. Two mistakes by Venus at set point left the door open for Muguruza, and she took full advantage. "I guess (him and Martinez) is a combination". Venus has had an amazing career, and this loss will not change that. I'm happy to go to Centre Court and to play the best player. I'm playing Venus here'.
"There were definitely some issues". "I'm here. I'm still the Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain and I'm always in contact with every player, but Sam, her coach, is going to step in now". "It's incredible", Muguruza said. I like to win.
The strongest initial sign of a renaissance for Williams came during a run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago.
"I don't know. Since I lost the final here, I wanted to change that". She didn't convert and that was the hinge point.
Federer won his seventh title back in 2012 but this is his third time in the final since then, with the Swiss losing to Novak Djokovic in both 2013 and 2014.
It's hard to celebrate the way things ended Saturday.
Meanwhile, Williams has no reason to hang her head.
"Credit to her", Williams said. She was serious and focused in news conferences.
Then last Friday, police quietly released a statement saying Williams drove lawfully in the intersection.
Williams was a point away twice from winning the opening set, ahead 5-4, while Muguruza served.
Venus was playing in her ninth Wimbledon singles final, having won five - in 2000, '01, '05, '07 and '08. But this was when the match turned. A 6-0 final set is not acceptable.
Asked at courtside if she had anything to say to him, she held the trophy aloft and said: "Here it is". At her age, saddled with Sjorgen's Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can sap her strength, would it be her last great chance?
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