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Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for resurgent Venus Williams

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for resurgent Venus Williams”

Muguruza was born in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on October, 1993.

The American returned to the top 10 last year and then reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 when she lost to Serena in Melbourne earlier this year. Father Jose is a Spanish-Basque.

For Venus, her meeting with Muguruza marks a second grand slam final of 2017, having been beaten by Serena at the Australian Open, in what is a remarkable resurgence in the twilight of the seven-time grand slam champion's career. While she conducted a tearful news conference, coach Sam Sumyk described the Paris fans as "pathetic".

No matter how well-prepared Muguruza is, Williams will show her youthful opponent things she hasn't seen much of during her ride to the finals.

The Spaniard is through to the semi-finals after another impressive display, dumping out two-time Grand Slam champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 in 1hr15mins. It sounded like a rationalization. "I don't think it's appropriate", said the Russian. "Honestly, they were just cheering for me".

Following Venus onto Centre Court is Johanna Konta, who takes on Simona Halep bidding to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978. "But nothing really tactical or specific".

And she's showing it again this year at the All England Club, where she will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in her ninth Wimbledon final.

Muguruza awaits the winner of the second semifinal between five-time Wimbledon singles champion Venus Williams and Great Britain's Johanna Konta, who advanced to the Wimbledon semis for the first time. I was very clear what I had to do. "I enjoy being here at Wimbledon - but I will be so happy to go home afterwards".

"There are only a handful of players each year who can push and deal with the pressure of playing your best against the best players".

She is always looking to move forward and shorten the points.

"I think it's wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong and have experience", Williams said.

She has a plethora of off-court interests, including her own fashion label, and has been battling Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune illness diagnosed in 2011 which often leaves her fatigued and suffering with joint pain. 'You know, every time I start the grass season, I'm like, "How the hell did I reach that [2015] final'?'"

In the men's draw, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of Sunday's singles final.

The Russian's booming forehands from the baseline were sporadically peppered with runs the net to change the pace and catch Muguruza off guard.



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