Venus Williams, the great survivor, stays focused for tilt at Wimbledon history

Venus Williams, the great survivor, stays focused for tilt at Wimbledon history”

'Maybe 41 years will be her number', Venus added. 'It was sad she couldn't come through in an anniversary year, and it's so long since we had a winner, but I think next year she could make it, or make it to the final and progress that little bit more.' She will play a Wimbledon final for the ninth time: 'I've played a lot of finals here. In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova accused Muguruza of receiving on-court coaching, which is not allowed at ITF-sanctioned tournaments, although the Spaniard maintained it was just her physio cheering for her and nothing tactical.

Yet, for all that she is delighted to be in another final and is overjoyed that Serena will soon be a mother, a strange melancholy seemed to hang over her after she found some of her best tennis to finish off Johanna Konta with clinical efficiency in their semi-final on Thursday.

"I think she's [Martinez] helping me how to deal with the tournament, because obviously it's a grand slam, and it's difficult to handle because it's two weeks".

Victory would bring Venus a sixth Wimbledon singles title, one behind Serena, and, at 37, she would overtake her as the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era.

Muguruza, who won the French Open last year but has had an indifferent time of it since, took a lot from her match here two years ago against Serena. Konta held serve to cut Williams' lead to 4-2, but wasn't able to break the American, who held serve and then broke the Brit once again to claim the second set. It goes a lot also with the strength of your body, your style of game. Nobody, man or woman, has appeared in more grand slam tournaments than Venus, who is in her 75th.

"When I reached the final in 2015, and when I won the French Open, I could feel the difference between winning a grand slam and not winning". In sport especially, you have injuries. If she succeeds, there will finally be another Spanish name on the winner's board.

"I try not to change a lot of things because I think my game, if I have a good level, it's very good to go out there and have a lot of chances to win", Muguruza said. "She just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do". They said it was because of TV. "And usually it's her in these finals, so I'm trying my best to represent 'Williams' as best as I can". That loss of points in the 12-month rankings rotation had sent her to No. 15, just as this showing figures to restore her upward. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club. Even though I beat her before, but still, she didn't give me today chances.

"But it's the work that I've been doing with her here, and before with my previous team, everything together".

But, as she said before the final: "Even though this is entertainment, for the players it's complete and pure focus".

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