Serena Backs Venus To Keep Wimbledon Title In The Family

Without Serena, Wimbledon will see a new singles champ. Who'll it be?

A return to the All England Club, where she won five of her seven major titles (the other two were at the US Open in 2000 and 2001), has inspired her to rediscover the form that saw her dominate women's tennis in the early 2000s. "One more win would be wonderful", Williams said.

Today she is to play for the Venus Rosewater Dish for the ninth time in her 20th Wimbledon appearance.

With both players boasting similar strengths and weaknesses, the older Williams has been open about picking Serena's brains on how best to neutralise Muguruza's powerful serve and forehand, even joking this week that she wished her younger sister could play the match in her stead.

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

"She's been through her illness, and she keeps fighting through it, and it would just mean so much, not just for her but for people who suffer what she suffers just to realise that this isn't, this doesn't have to be it", Serena said. "The previous times, you know, you're so concentrated that you can not enjoy as well".

The 23-year-old, who won the French Open in 2016 and will contest her second Wimbledon final, put Venus' longevity down to her love of the game.

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. "She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do".

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Federer has yet to lose a set at the All England Club in 2017 and if he straight-sets Cilic in the final to complete the sweep, he would join Bjorn Borg (1976) as the only player to win the men's singles title without dropping a set. "There is a lot more pressure and it is about dealing with it".

"Not my best day", Rybarikova said. "I'm proud of her, everyone is proud of her".

Muguruza won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net and had a 22-8 edge in winners.

"I've played a lot of finals here, it's been a blessing", Venus said ahead of Saturday's final.

Williams is a household name not only for the tennis fraternity but across global sport and Venus has now played at the French Open and the ongoing Wimbledon without 23 Grand Slam victor Serena, who is preparing to give birth to her first child later this year.

Muguruza can struggle to settle into tournaments due to her heavy ball striking, when it's off she plays scrappy, error-strewn tennis, when it's on she's close to unstoppable, as displayed during her 6-1/6-1 victory against Magdalena Rybarikova in Thursdays semi-final. "Serena's always in my corner". Williams has hit 26 en route to the final.

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