Williams aims to exploit gulf in experience

Venus Williams and runner-up Lindsay Davenport after the Wimbledon 2001 final

Wimbledon semis preview: Venus Williams v Johanna Konta, Garbine Muguruza v Magdalena Rybarikova

When Judy Murray tweeted "Muguruthless!" after last year's French Open, it seemed like a star was born.

Williams, however, saved her best performance for the semi-finals where she faced off against home hope Johanna Konta. Her play has improved as the tournament has progressed and she is looking likely to peak at exactly the right time.

Venus Williams has also displayed terrific form so far at Wimbledon.

Although the story of Venus and Serena being taught to play tennis by their father Richard on bullet-scarred courts in the tough Compton district of Los Angeles is well known, the family actually moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, when Venus was 10, so the sisters could attend the tennis academy of Rick Macci.

"All the names that I read on the honours board, I know all of them".

"I missed her so much before this match".

By reaching her second Grand Slam final of 2017, Williams is playing multiple major finals in the same season for the first time since 2003.

With the matchup so close the odds makers have priced the main markets perfectly, leaving the prop market perhaps the most profitable investment.

While those following her remarkable resurgence - she also reached this year's Australian Open final, losing to Serena - leaf through the record books picking out the key numbers, Williams, as she so often does, remains in her own serene world. She first went to number one in February 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era. Of the 841 rallies in Williams' matches here, 637 have been four shots or fewer, and she's won 57 percent of rallies in that category. She attempted to regain her composure before telling the moderator, "Maybe I should go", and then left the room.

At 37, Williams is bidding to become the oldest champion in more than a century after qualifying for her ninth final - eight years after her eighth and, incredibly, 20 years after debuting at The All England Club.

With Sam Sumyk, Muguruza's regular coach, missing Wimbledon due to his wife's pregnancy, Martinez offered to assist the 23-year-old. I think experience can either work for you or against you. She's hit only 27 on the forehand and has used her backhand strength to force opponents back and create opportunities to get to the net.

Many multi-Slam champs failed after their first win - including Serena.

When asked about her opponent's longevity, she added; "I think it's very impressive". Not that I'm doing something different, honestly. She said she was "heartbroken" and there were "no words to describe how devastating" the crash was. "She's still motivated to go for more, which is also very surprising". This year has been amazing in terms of my play, playing deep into the big events. "I think my experience just helped a lot".

Everyone said this would be a wide-open women's tournament.

She did remember her debut at the All England Club, though, when the Pole Magdalena Grzybowska beat her 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round. They are ranked Nos. I loved that. I was really young, so I don't know if I had the focus to like really focus on the whole match.

"I'm feeling pretty good". The previous time, you're so concentrated that you cannot enjoy it as well.

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