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

Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon 2017 women's final

Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon 2017 women's final

Williams plays Garbine Muguruza on Saturday and, unlike Charlotte Sterry, who lifted the trophy in 1908 aged 37 years and 282 days, she will nearly certainly not travel to the All England Club by bicycle.

'Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based, ' she posted.

Two years ago, when she reached the final, she had found an unstoppable Serena and had surrendered her dreams of winning the title, abjectly. However, the last time a 37-year-old reached the final, it was a Spaniard who crashed the party.

Last year BBC host John Inverdale congratulated Murray on becoming "the person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals", to which Murray shot back 'I think Venus and Serena have won about four each'.

"I think she's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it's a long tournament", said Muguruza of her 45-year-old compatriot.

Yet, in the twilight of her career, Venus has hit a rich vein of form over the last 12 months. Muguruza would also become just the second Spanish player to win the women's singles title at Wimbledon, 23 years after the first (Conchita Martinez, 1994 - Muguruza's Wimbledon mentor). I think I'm here because I've been working not only the last few days, but longer time, getting ready for this kind of moment.

"I'm definitely in the position I want to be in. For the last years, you see a lot of Williams surname", she said. I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of.

"I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that".

Muguruza will face the elder Williams sister, in pursuit of her sixth Wimbledon title.

Should she prevail on Saturday, she would surpass Serena as the oldest Wimbledon women's singles champion in the professional era and the oldest since Charlotte Sterry in 1908. Before I do something, they both decided.

Beating in-form Venus in their first meeting on grass will be her toughest test, but the Spanish 14th seed is convinced she can emulate her coach's memorable triumph.

Here, with the help of Opta, we look at the best facts as Venus looks to put the Williams name on the honours board for another year.

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