Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza set for women’s singles final

Venus Williams could become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open Era when she meets Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.

The American, 37, will overtake sister Serena’s record – set when she was aged 35 at the Australian Open in January – by winning her sixth SW19 title.

“I don’t think about my age,” Williams told BBC Sport. “It is not a factor.”

Spain’s Muguruza, 23, is aiming for her first Wimbledon triumph after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 final.

“I think my mind is more equipped this time,” said the 2016 French Open champion.
I love the big stage – Venus

Venus Williams dominated Wimbledon for almost a decade between 2000 and 2009, winning five titles and finishing runner-up in another three finals.

But the seven-time Grand Slam champion had become a peripheral figure after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an illness that causes fatigue and joint pain, in 2011.

She says she refused to consider retirement, despite her world ranking plummeting to 103 by the end of 2011.

The American returned to the top 10 last year and then reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 when she lost to Serena in Melbourne earlier this year.

Now, after beating Britain’s Johanna Konta in the last four, she has another chance to win her first major title since Wimbledon in 2008.
bbc.com

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