Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

Roger Federer of Switzerland will face Marin Cilic of Croatia in the men's singles final while the women's final will feature Venus Williams of the United States against Garbine Muguruza of Spain. "I think a lot of things are clicking also with her and the team this week, so it's very nice".

Her chances of Wimbledon glory multiplied when the only other former champion, Petra Kvitova, crashed out in the second round. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has had to battle her way into contention at the major tournaments over recent years after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, Sjogren's Syndrome, in 2011.

Over the last fortnight, though, Muguruza has rediscovered the explosive form that helped her reach the final in 2015, where she lost to Serena in straight sets. Defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, now on a pregnancy hiatus, set that record by winning this year's Australian Open at 35 years, 125 days. So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.

Yet Muguruza has flown through the draw, and this time around she had some good preparation on the grass reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham as well. "But I like to take courage in the fact that I've been playing well this tournament and this year, and all these moments have led to this", she said after winning her semi-final.

Muguruza, who won the French Open previous year, is aiming to become the first female Spanish player to win at Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez, her coach, in 1994. "I'm not sure exactly what she's doing". She has proven that when she is on a hot streak, she can be unstoppable, as she was over her two weeks at French Open in 2016, where she even dispatched off Serena easily.

"I've played a lot of finals here, it's been a blessing", Venus said ahead of Saturday's final. Muguruza is playing her third major final since Wimbledon 2015.

Garbine Muguruza is aiming to become the first Spanish woman for 23 years to win Wimbledon - and yet again a Williams sister stands in her way.

Muguruza will have to serve well and return even better to win her second Grand Slam title.

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, you know, knocking on the door for a title. "And usually it's her in these finals, so I'm trying my best to represent "Williams" as best as I can".

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