Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

In the Wimbledon women's final on Saturday, Venus Williams will be facing history.

At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age. She passed her sister Serena on the active Wimbledon win list this year, and her current record stands at 87-14 at Wimbledon.

Over the last fortnight, though, Muguruza has rediscovered the explosive form that helped her reach the final in 2015, where she lost to Serena in straight sets.

Both players are riding high on confidence, but Venus has as added edge, knowing that she has beaten Muguruza three times out of the four that they have played in the past. Her quarter-final opponent was the highly experienced and tough competing Svetlana Kuznetsova, but once against Muguruza showed just how good her ball striking can be when in full rhythm, dismissing her 6-3/6-4 without dropping serve. "I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of", Venus said.

Venus Williams of the U.S. with Great Britain's Johanna Konta after winning their semi final match at Wimbledon, July 13, 2017. "I'm not sure exactly what she's doing".

And the Spaniard believes her own game has gone up another level since playing those first two Grand Slam finals.

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Venus Williams is 3-1 against Muguruza, including a loss on the clay at Rome this year.

- Muguruza could become just the second Spanish player to win multiple women's singles grand slams (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - 4). Like it or not we do have to consider a world without the Williams sisters, and Muguruza has made a Slam final every year, reaching Wimbledon in 2015, and winning the French Open last year - beating Serena to do it.

Muguruza's regular tour coach Sam Sumyk is absent from Wimbledon and from what we have seen over the past two weeks there can be no doubts about the positive influence Martinez is having.

Susan walked off Centre Court disappointed - she had backed Konta to defeat Venus Williams but she nodded when her daughter Jane said the atmosphere had lacked the joy they used to feel when Tim Henman was busy saving match points. She hasn't faced a hard-serving player like Venus in this tournament before, but her renewed desire and belief could take her over the finish line.

Elsewhere, there's doubles action and Court 2 should be tasty as Andrew Castle and Michael Chang play Patrick McEnroe and Jeff Tarango, while Court 12 has a very British flavour as Jamie Baker and Colin Fleming take on Greg Rusedski and Fabrice Santoro. "But, you know, to have her by my side gives me also this confidence of having someone that has won before". Williams has hit 26 en route to the final.

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