Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run


Muguruza will face the elder Williams sister, in pursuit of her sixth Wimbledon title. I have to go out there and take it and play well. It goes very fast so I will try to enjoy.

Five-time champion Venus Williams will take on 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, in a clash between two confident big-hitters with grass-court prowess. "For the last years, you see a lot of Williams surname", she said.

However, she has been impressive at Wimbledon under the guidance of temporary coach Conchita Martinez - the only Spanish woman to have previously won Wimbledon when she beat Martina Navratilova in 1994.

Williams plays Garbine Muguruza on Saturday and, unlike Charlotte Sterry, who lifted the trophy in 1908 aged 37 years and 282 days, she will nearly certainly not travel to the All England Club by bicycle.

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

Muguruza, who won the French Open a year ago, is aiming to become the first female Spanish player to win at Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez, her coach, in 1994.

'I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, ' she said.

The title win was expected to be a breakthrough of sorts for Muguruza, and catapult her to greater heights. "But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before", she said.

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Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.

She also has the belief of knowing she can beat a Williams in a grand slam final - having overpowered Serena to win the French Open previous year.

She has had the tougher path to reach the final, including defeating world No 1 Angelique Kerber in three tight sets and former two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, but is into her second Wimbledon final.

This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.

At the young age of 23, Muguruza is bidding to become the 27th player to win multiple major titles in the Open Era.

Garbine Muguruza has a booming serve and explosive groundstrokes and has rediscovered some of her best form this fortnight at Wimbledon. I have one more match that I'd like to be the victor of.

In her six matches played to reach the final, she only lost one set, in the second round against Qiang Wang, beaten 6-1 in the third set.