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Venus seeks sixth Wimbledon title

15 July 2017

She's attempting to become the oldest victor of the title since 1908 when Charlotte Sterry cycled to the All England Club and claimed the trophy at the age of 37. The Slovak may not have been up to the challenge, but she wasn't even given a hint of an opening.

Judging by the the odds, Vegas thinks Williams vs. Muguruza wll be a much closer contest than Federer vs. Cilic.

"So I think experience can either work against you or for you".

"Not that I'm doing something different, honestly".

Twenty years later Williams is still here, preparing to play in her ninth Wimbledon final.

Konta's exit ended a not so great couple of days for the locals, who saw hobbled, defending men's champion Andy Murray from Britain bundled out by Williams' fellow American Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. "The 23-year-old Muguruza played for the title in 2015, losing to Venus' little sister, Serena Williams".

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Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open past year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10.

But Venus admitted after beating Konta that she would be contacting her sister for advice on how to beat the 2016 French Open champion and claim her sixth Wimbledon title. But Williams put in a clinical performance, forcing Konta back with her big ground strokes and serving superbly. "That [Wimbledon] final helped me a lot to figure out how to play better on grass", she said.

"They could have really been even more boisterous. There s definitely a lot of ups and downs", she said. I like to think it s working for me. "I'm proud of her, everyone is proud of her".

Venus Williams leads the two finalists' head-to-head 3-1. But that tournament is played on clay, not grass, as Muguruza knows.

Former world number one Martina Hingis said on Friday it was "amazing" that her old rival Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final at the age of 37.

"Probably being aggressive, you know, serve, all this".

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Serena will still hold more Grand Slams, overall as well as at Wimbledon.

Williams' first match saw her face off against Elise Mertens in which she started Wimbledon with a fantastic win after a tough first set (7 (9)-6 (7), 6-4). "I'm completely speechless. It's just - yeah, I mean, I'm just ..." a visibly shaken Williams said, before breaking down and walking out of the room. "There are quick exchanges and reactions but obviously, there is not as much court to cover". Earlier in the year, she explained to a Spanish interviewer how she got this way. Along the way, they have also paid lots of fines for their bad behaviour. A pivotal two games, however, decided the set and probably the entire outcome. She sounded every bit the woman who had been through the troughs and crests that make the roller-coaster of sport, as indeed life.

Williams wouldn't face another break point and, later, produced another impressive second serve - in the second set, at 103 miles per hour (166 kph), it went right at Konta, who jumped out of the way.

".All my energy is towards making her want to be great and making her want to win".

But it was Williams who left as the victor on the day. I feel like I've been there for the whole journey.

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And as the mighty Venus Williams showed on a sun-kissed Thursday afternoon on Centre Court , it is the fight in your heart. Standing in her way will be Spain's Garbine Muguruza , who lost her previous Wimbledon final in 2015, to Serena .