Since winning the French Open in 2016, Muguruza has suffered plenty of early-round exits, particularly against lower-ranked players, which is part of the reason she dropped from second in the rankings to 15th in a year.
The Wimbledon singles finals are set. Venus comes into the match having gone through a series of some of the biggest hitters in the game, beating Naomi Osaka, Ana Konjuh, Jelena Ostapenko, and Konta without losing a set.
The previous time there was such a vast age gap in a women's grand-slam final, the women on either side of the net were Martina Navratilova, and Conchita Martínez, Muguruza's coach.
- The nine-year gap since her last Wimbledon title would also equal the longest winless gap between two Wimbledon victories (Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 1971 and 1980). Williams generally deploys more margin for error on her groundstrokes but is able to deploy an at least equal amount of power as Muguruza.
- Williams has won seven grand slam singles titles in the Open Era, only seven women have more; an eighth title would draw her level with Billie Jean King for Open Era titles. Claims she can scarcely recall, growing up, watching Venus play.More news: Researchers Replay Digital Movie Encoded in Bacterial DNA
Serena isn't at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant and taking the rest of the season off. In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova accused Muguruza of receiving on-court coaching, which is not allowed at ITF-sanctioned tournaments, although the Spaniard maintained it was just her physio cheering for her and nothing tactical. Both were huge sentimental favorites, Navratilova announcing that the 1994 tournament would be her final Wimbledon (although she would return). It's her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time.
Williams, however, saved her best performance for the semi-finals where she faced off against home hope Johanna Konta. The serving battle will likely be crucial, with two such good servers breaks are likely to be a rarity, and whoever is the most clinical will surely take the title. However, will she have enough to defeat Williams?
The Spaniard has struggled for consistency since saluting at Roland Garros a year ago, and the Wimbledon final will be her first final at any level since that glorious day in Paris. It is hard not to root for Venus to carve out a little more history, nearly stepping out of Serena's limelight, but she will have to battle hard for it.
Who do you think will win the match?