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Serena Williams: 'I feel like I'm there' with Venus at Wimbledon

15 Juillet 2017

The next week, the Razorbacks and.

For Williams, it is her ninth Wimbledon final as she goes for her sixth win.

"Definitely I want to win, for sure", Muguruza said on Friday. It s a long two weeks. This is where I want to be. Venus, meanwhile, will be playing in her 16th career Slam final.

But that doesn't stop her being amazed by her opponent's thirst for more success, having already won seven Grand Slam titles. "Even though she's achieved so many things, she's still motivated to go for more, which is also very surprising". Williams reached the semifinals a year ago, which marked her deepest run at Wimbledon since 2009.

"There's still a lot to be done".

"Well, you know, that final helped me a lot to figure out a way to play better on grass because before I was not very experienced", she said yesterday.

Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators.

Venus Williams is bidding to become both the oldest Slam champion in the Open Era - beating the record set by Serena at the Australian Open in January - and the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era, also set by Serena a year ago.

Andy Murray was beaten in the Wimbledon quarter-finals by Sam Querrey. And she's expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent.

It was all too much, too soon but, after a year spent failing to live up to heightened expectations, Muguruza has made it back into a final for the first time at any tournament since Roland Garros.

Williams erased the first break point with a backhand victor down the line, and the second with a 106 miles per hour (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta's body. "The racket has to talk". That match was one of the best so far of the Championships, particularly the nerve-rending final set. But the young Spaniard seems to be a favorite because of her form as demonstrated throughout the tournament. This time, she faces the resurgent elder Williams.

"Not that I'm doing something different, honestly".

"I think the serve is going to be very important, because she has a pretty big serve".

Williams and Muguruza have played each other four times before, and the American has won three of them.

There was little to separate them on the grass - a controversial issue this tournament - in the first set.

Williams caressed a forehand victor down the line on a third match point to seal victory over Konta and celebrated in understated fashion. This is a champion who just lost her French Open title. Her passing game has been on point, and with her great groundstrokes, she has forced plenty of unforced errors. Muguruza has won 14 of the 18 matches she has played at Wimbledon while Williams has won 87 out of 101, a total bettered only by Martina Navratilova (120 wins) and Chris Evert (96). First it was the quirky Marion Bartoli following Wimbledon 2013, then Chinese superstar Li Na in the wake of the 2014 Australian Open.

"There are only a handful of players each year who can push and deal with the pressure of playing your best against the best players". I like to think it s working for me.

Serena Williams: 'I feel like I'm there' with Venus at Wimbledon