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Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run

15 July 2017

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017.

"I thought he played really well at the start of the match".

With persistent drizzle blanketing the All England Club, Williams and Muguruza were competing in the first Wimbledon final to begin under the roof, watched by a sell-out crowd including Hollywood actress Hilary Swank.

Now, after beating Britain's Johanna Konta in the last four, she has another chance to win her first major title since Wimbledon in 2008.

The condition had a debilitating effect on her energy levels and she did not make it past the last 16 in the singles at a Grand Slam tournament between 2011 and 2014.

The 2015 Wimbledon finalist has always appeared to have a game well-suited to grass.

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She faces Serena's resurgent 37-year-old sister Venus Williams, who is playing her first Wimbledon final since 2009 and, remarkably, her second Grand Slam final this year.

- Williams has also won at Wimbledon on five occasions, a tally only three other women can better.

However, Muguruza beat Serena to win the French Open title previous year, and she is expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent.

She has dropped just one set in the entire tournament and even at the age of 37, appears to be playing he best tennis.

This was Konta's second loss in a Grand Slam semi-final following her defeat to Angelique Kerber at last year's Australian Open, but it was her best run at Wimbledon. "But I know I have to be the cheerleader for myself", she added.

"There were definitely some issues, a lot of ups and downs", Venus said.

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In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. But that doesn't stop her being amazed by her opponent's thirst for more success , having already won seven Grand Slam titles.

The last time Venus Williams was in the Wimbledon final was eight years ago when she faced, and lost to, her younger sister Serena.

Yet Muguruza has flown through the draw, and this time around she had some good preparation on the grass reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham as well. "I think a lot of things are clicking also with her and the team this week, so it's very nice".

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

Venus is breaking records at this year's Wimbledon. In the next game, Williams successfully defended her own break point.

"That's one of the reasons I don't play singles anymore because I don't want to put my body through the struggles anymore", Hingis said.

Federer, 35, reached his 11th Wimbledon final and Marin Cilic now stands between him and a record eighth title at the All England Club, moving him clear of fellow seven-time victor Pete Sampras. "I think I spend most of my time on the road so this has been a really great way to really get my sleep and turn it into power".

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Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run