Record-chasing Venus Williams faces formidable Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon final

Muguruza has enlisted the help of 1994 Wimbledon champion and fellow Spaniard Conchita Martinez for her All England Club campaign.

If Williams, 37, takes home the championship, she'll become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era - surpassing her sister Serena Williams for the honor. Federer is in his 11th Wimbledon final and he will be going for his eighth title.

"Serena's always in my corner and usually it's her in these finals and I'm trying my best to represent Williams family as best I can", Venus told the "BBC". So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do. All were born in the year that Williams made her first main draw appearance at Wimbledon. When the reporter referred to Querrey as "the first USA player to reach a major semi-final since 2009", Murray was quick to remind him that Serena had won a whopping 23 grand slams in her time.

"I feel very focused still".

Muguruza ought to have the edge, but then many thought that of Konta before Venus knocked out the great British hope. "But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before".

Last year BBC host John Inverdale congratulated Murray on becoming "the person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals", to which Murray shot back 'I think Venus and Serena have won about four each'. In a tournament that had been blown wide open, not only due to Serena's absence as she awaits the birth of her first child, the absence of Maria Sharapova after her come-back from a drug suspension was hit with injury, the title was for the taking for numerous chasing pack.

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The 23-year-old Spaniard won her maiden Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros last year. Her mother Scarlet Blanco is from the South American country and Muguruza holds dual Spanish-Venezuelan nationality.

The catalyst for her comeback sparked in 2015, reaching two quarter-finals, improving again in 2016 by reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon before a breakout 2017, contesting the Australian Open final and reaching a 9th final at SW19. Muguruza has beaten two former Grand Slam champions - Angelique Kerber and Svetalana Kuznetsova - and she blew crafty Rybarikova off the court in her previous match.

At the young age of 23, Muguruza is bidding to become the 27th player to win multiple major titles in the Open Era. Muguruza said it was all something of nothing.

What could work in Venus' favour are her improved second serve, and her forehand which has been firing on both barrels this fortnight.

"It was just a very surprising moment when you reach a final in a tournament where you thought it was going to be hard, but right now I know how to play more on grass".

The trips to the finals also moves both players up one of the most elite lists in tennis.

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