At 37 years old, Williams could have been the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title and looked to be headed there early in the first set when she had set points at 5-4.
"A Wimbledon final with Venus. she won five times, so she knows how to play. She just dug in there and managed to play better".
The 23-year-old played on the front foot all match, and refused to be cowed by the elder stateswoman Williams.
The ending was shockingly abrupt for fans who have been following the career of Williams and her sister, Serena, for more than two decades. And each would surely have won more had they not faced one another in so many Major title matches: nine of them-and four more times they met before the finals. It gave her the momentum to pummel Williams as this time she was rewarded with the break, grabbing the first set with both hands to put herself just a set away from the Wimbledon title.
All the pressure was on the Spaniard to hold her serve and the odds were very much against her, as her intimidating American opponent, with a colossal wingspan, had 20 years of Wimbledon experience to draw upon. And she didn't. This is the third time.
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She sounded every bit the woman who had been through the troughs and crests that make the roller-coaster of sport, as indeed life. Cilic. "So I think experience can either work against you or for you". "Not that I'm doing something different, honestly".
"She was getting every one of Venus's shots back".
"I could not do nearly anything today", said a helpless Rybarikova after the match.
"I feel incredible to be able to play her here". "I came thinking, 'I'm prepared".
Asked during the on-court trophy presentation if she had a message for Serena, who is off the tour while expecting a baby, Venus said: "Oh, I miss you". I knew that if I was playing like I was playing during the two weeks, I was going to have eventually an opportunity.
Muguruza had earlier beaten Serena Williams to clinch the French Open women's singles title past year. Not Federer, who, despite his age and wage, despite never needing to work a day the rest of his life, is able to keep up with the rigors of time and travel and somehow maintain the hunger needed to compete with players almost half his age. How right she was!
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The victor will take home £2.2 million in prize money, with the runner-up netting £1.1 million.
Whether she wins or not on Saturday, Muguruza will once again be faced with a typical challenge for her: How can she step up for the smaller tournaments the way she does at the Slams?
That seemed to restore Muguruza's belief and after breaking Venus she took the opening set as the American began to tire.
By the end of the women's final, as the second set screamed by in a 26-minute rush of errors, Venus Williams walked as if in a daze. I played very well since the first game, and I kept the level, which is very hard because, you know, you're, like, nervous. "But that's a good problem to have".
"I think once I go to the big court, I feel good. So I just have more information about the situation".
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