Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza

"I wish she was there physically, I miss her very much before the final".

Williams is a veteran at this stage, and five titles can not be ignored. The Spaniard mirror the same result in her round of 64 match against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer (6-2, 6-4) and set her focus on more challenging prospects.

The 2015 Wimbledon finalist has been in top form at this year's championships, dropping only one set on her way to the final.

In absence of sister Serena, Venus Williams will be chasing history on Saturday when she takes to court in the Wimbledon final against Garbine Muguruza.

"So that becomes definitely a different factor", Williams said.

As for Williams, today will see her attempt to become the oldest victor of the women's singles for more than a century when, in 1908, Charlotte Sterry lifted the trophy aged 37 years and 282 days.

The Spaniard will take on the 10th seed in the showpiece finale at the All England Club, with Venus the oldest woman to make the final here since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

"It was just a very surprising moment when you reach a final in a tournament where you thought it was going to be hard, but right now I know how to play more on grass".

For Williams, it is her second grand slam final appearance of 2017 - the 37-year-old enjoying a resurgence late in her career - but her first Wimbledon showpiece in nearly a decade.

Williams is bidding to win her sixth Wimbledon title, and first since 2008.

'I think she just loves to play and she enjoys going out there, ' she added.

Muguruza and Williams have met a series of four times with Williams winning three of the exchanges although all of these matches have been on hard court. "I'm proud of her, everyone is proud of her". They've never played on grass.

In the other semifinal, Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5- 0 lead.

"She's still motivated to go for more and still has the hunger, which is also very surprising".

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. "But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before". "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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