Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wimbledon Finals 2017: Serena Williams vs

Wimbledon Finals 2017: Serena Williams vs

When I achieved the final in 2015, and I won the French Open, I could feel the difference between winning a grand slam and not winning.

- Williams has won seven grand slam singles titles in the Open Era, only seven women have more; an eighth title would draw her level with Billie Jean King for Open Era titles.

Johanna Konta's disappointment at losing her Wimbledon semi-final to Venus Williams is tempered by the fact that her performances here over the last 11 days have strengthened her belief that she can win a Grand Slam title.

She has had the tougher path to reach the final, including defeating world No 1 Angelique Kerber in three tight sets and former two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, but is into her second Wimbledon final.

LONDON, UK - Venus Williams will look to cap her resurgent year with a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday, while Garbiñe Muguruza looks for her first.

Venus Williams is facing off with Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the Wimbledon Final on Saturday.

Five-time champion Venus Williams is the oldest woman to reach the final since Martina Navratilova did it in 1994.

In addition to their combined 12 singles titles at Wimbledon, sisters Serena and Venus Williams have won six doubles titles together at the legendary tournament.

Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza are on court for their warmups before the women's final at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain's Johanna Konta during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday
Wimbledon Finals 2017: Serena Williams vs

"So I have more information about the situation".

"I've played a lot of finals here", Williams told the BBC. And I try to take the same courage that she would have. It's her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time.

Muguruza's regular tour coach Sam Sumyk is absent from Wimbledon and from what we have seen over the past two weeks there can be no doubts about the positive influence Martinez is having. On the second, Williams sent a return long, and Muguruza pumped her fist. I was trying to play the best i could but it was just not working, on the other side @garbimuguruza played wonderful and big congrats to her and wishing her good luck in the final.

- The nine-year gap since her last Wimbledon title would also equal the longest winless gap between two Wimbledon victories (Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 1971 and 1980).

"I could not do nearly anything today", said a helpless Rybarikova after the match. "And usually it's her in these finals, so I'm trying my best to represent "Williams" as best as I can".

"I think it's very impressive. That's what she's doing and, even though I'm not playing, that's what I'm doing right now for her".

"I love the big stage", she said. So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.

"It is very different to hold the trophy".

Williams and Mugurza have played each other four times, with Williams owning three wins between them.

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