Wimbledon 2017: Ageless Venus Williams targets sixth Wimbledon title

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

Not that I'm doing something different, honestly.

Williams' first match saw her face off against Elise Mertens in which she started Wimbledon with a fantastic win after a tough first set (7 (9)-6 (7), 6-4).

Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach more than one Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who lost twice in the 1990s. 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).

"Serena's always in my corner and usually it's her in these finals and I'm trying my best to represent Williams family as best I can", Venus told the "BBC".

And the Spaniard believes her own game has gone up another level since playing those first two Grand Slam finals.

"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.

Williams is a veteran at this stage, and five titles can not be ignored.

"It amuses me because it's a big coincidence, but I can't say anything about it", said the 23-year-old.

Muguruza ought to have the edge, but then many thought that of Konta before Venus knocked out the great British hope.

There have been times since her last Wimbledon triumph in 2008 against Serena when it seemed the older of the two Williams sisters would hang up her racket. In a tournament that had been blown wide open, not only due to Serena's absence as she awaits the birth of her first child, the absence of Maria Sharapova after her come-back from a drug suspension was hit with injury, the title was for the taking for numerous chasing pack. Serena is also the oldest Wimbledon women's singles victor in Open Era history-she won Wimbledon at 34 a year ago. Muguruza lost only set too, against the German Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

Both players are riding high on confidence, but Venus has as added edge, knowing that she has beaten Muguruza three times out of the four that they have played in the past.

But that doesn't stop her being amazed by her opponent's thirst for more success, having already won seven Grand Slam titles. It will be the ninth final at the All England Club for Venus, who won here five times.

The pair are first up on Centre Court, ahead of the men's doubles final and, third in line, the ladies' doubles final.

Her opponent is adamant she won't be playing at her age but is full of admiration for the American.

The situation was compounded by one of the few genuine superstars, Maria Sharapova, being suspended for 15 months for a doping offence.

If Venus wins, she would not only cement her place in history books, she would have also scripted one of the most awe-inspiring stories in sport.

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