Wimbledon - Saturday Schedule: Venus Williams faces Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams shares the story of depositing her first million dollar check at a drive-thru ATM

Serena Williams shares the story of depositing her first million dollar check at a drive-thru ATM

Venus Williams will hope to reclaim her Wimbledon crown after a nine-year wait today against Garbine Muguruza, in a final that has the makings of a classic battle of the big hitters. Like it or not we do have to consider a world without the Williams sisters, and Muguruza has made a Slam final every year, reaching Wimbledon in 2015, and winning the French Open last year - beating Serena to do it.

Serena is not at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant and taking the rest of the season off, but Venus will likely be checking in with her for some advice ahead of the match. The 23-Grand Slam titles champion joined ESPN's SC6 on Thursday night and told hosts Jemele and Michael that: "I feel like I'm there, in a weird way". She's dropped just one set during the tournament, and her powerful serve & groundstrokes have blended beautifully yet again with the grass. "It's not a long time ago", Muguruza observed. However, I thought Konta had the edge over Venus in the semifinals, and she won just 26 percent of her return points and got nothing from her second serve.

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. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to - yes, you guessed it - her sister.

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open past year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10. Only ten players have played in more.

Throughout this tournament, Muguruza has lost only one set, to top-ranked Angelique Kerber.

Speaking at a media conference, Muguruza said of Williams: "I think it's very impressive".

Venus has enjoyed a stellar career, albeit often overshadowed by her younger sister Serena, winning seven Grand Slam titles but remarkably she is still competing at the top echelons of women's tennis. She attempted to regain her composure before telling the moderator, "Maybe I should go", and then left the room.

Muguruza's regular tour coach Sam Sumyk is absent from Wimbledon and from what we have seen over the past two weeks there can be no doubts about the positive influence Martinez is having. Not that I'm doing something different, honestly. Maybe it's just her tournament to end the drought.

Venus Williams has fired 117 unreturnable first serves in these Championships, out of 260 total in play. I have to go out there and take it and play well. She has been playing with an added resilience and has her eyes set on a sixth Venus Rosewater Dish. "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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