Five-time champion Venus Williams continued to roll back the years at the Wimbledon Championships on Thursday (13th July), as she defeated home favourite Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final for the first time since 2009.
At 37 years and 28 days, Williams is looking for her first grand slam title since Wimbledon nine years ago, when she claimed her fifth crown here and seventh in total.
The 23-year-old can become the first player to topple both Williams siblings in grand slam finals.
Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza will meet in the Wimbledon women's singles final at the end of an intriguing and open draw. She improved her singles record to 87-14 at the All England Club, with titles coming in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
- Venus has conceded 50 games en route to the final, compared to just 39 for Muguruza. He had just 22 total putts on the round and that included 12 one-putts.
The Australian Open champion said in the interview that along with putting all of her energy into the baby, she is also fully there for her sister.
By a twist of fate Martinez will be in Muguruza's corner on Saturday, as she has been for the past fortnight in the absence of her regular coach Sam Sumyk, whose wife is expecting a baby.
Rybarikova, who came back from wrist surgery, said she had little to offer in the match.
Venus and Muguruza have played each other four times before and the American has won three of them, but they have never before played on grass.
The American leads the head-to-head 3-1 but dropped the last match between the two earlier this season. It was truly magnificent, all the support I had.
"It is very different to hold the trophy".
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"But in terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable". I don't think I could be 37 and playing that level. "Points have been quick", she said.
Of wind well remember the match, and also conducted a qualitative analysis of previous victories Rybarikova at Wimbledon. Winning the title would vault her into the top five. I'm not satisfied with where I am now.
In a battle between two power-hitters with attacking intentions, serving success and fresh legs could be key. "Poor young V. But I've definitely come up since that time". Two break points were saved and crowd bellowed only to very quickly groan in the classic way as Williams surged further ahead.
'Garbine played an amazing match, ' she conceded.
Her 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over the Briton was a clinical execution and set up a Saturday showdown with Garbine Muguruza, whose own ruthless demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova whetted the appetite for an intriguing final.