Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Venus Williams feeling it is her 'time to shine', says Martina Hingis

Venus Williams feeling it is her 'time to shine', says Martina Hingis

Sure, she could continue to play with an energy-sapping physical condition, but most people doubted if she could ever compete again at the highest level.

Cilic would join countryman Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon victor, as the only Croatians to win the Wimbledon title. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club.

Murray's hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-1 6-1 defeat.

Muguruza has lost just a single set so far―against Angelique Kerber―and dropped just two games in her semi-final.

In the absence of her pregnant sister, seven-time champion Serena, Venus was left to uphold the family name at the All England Club this year. So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do. Muguruza's serve has never been her biggest weapon, but she does have youth on her side and could aim to to turn the final into a marathon. It is hard not to root for Venus to carve out a little more history, nearly stepping out of Serena's limelight, but she will have to battle hard for it. "I wish she was there physically, I miss her very much before the final".

- Should Williams win it would be 17 years and seven days since her first grand slam title, only Serena has recorded a longer span between her first and most recent major titles (17 years, 139 days - 1999 US Open, 2017 Australian Open).

"I've played a lot of finals here, it's been a blessing", Venus said ahead of Saturday's final. "The last time she played Serena so I'll have to ask Serena for some pointers", informed Venus.

Johanna Konta's ambitions of becoming the first British female victor at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977 were ended by Venus Williams while Muguruza dismissed Magdalena Rybarikova, the story of the tournament, in convincing fashion.

- Muguruza could become just the second Spanish player to win multiple women's singles grand slams (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - 4).

However, Muguruza has produced some of the best tennis of her career in SW19 this fortnight, knocking out world No1 Angelique Kerber and dismantling No7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova easily in the quarter-finals. "She's been really playing well on grass".

Elsewhere, there's doubles action and Court 2 should be tasty as Andrew Castle and Michael Chang play Patrick McEnroe and Jeff Tarango, while Court 12 has a very British flavour as Jamie Baker and Colin Fleming take on Greg Rusedski and Fabrice Santoro. Now, knocking on the door for a title. Williams has hit 26 en route to the final.

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