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

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 28-year-old had to find something quickly and what she did discover was her serve, serving two aces in the opening game of the second set, but in the long rallies the relentless depth of Muguruza's ground-strokes were telling and she was broken immediately.

It is a testament to her durability and strength of character - not to mention a thoroughbred grasscourt game that is surpassed only by her sister who has seven Wimbledon crowns - that Williams still is at a level others can only dream of. "(Here) was my breakthrough kind of year and to be back and hopefully going into the final makes me so happy".

It will be the first time Kuznetsova has played in quarter-finals at Wimbledon since back in 2007 and the first at a grand slam since the 2014 French Open.

With both players boasting similar weapons - big serves and clubbing forehands, the outcome could depend on who shakes off the inevitable final nerves more quickly.

Muguruza, however, beat Serena to win the French Open title in 2016.

Her penalty was listed under the category 'media conference' but a spokesman for the ITF said it related to the two television interviews. "So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do". Since then, her form has been patchy.

Muguruza got out the blocks in a hurry, winning the first five games of the initial set to put the 87th-ranked Slovak on her heels.

With less than 20 minutes on the clock, she was 4-0 down even though Muguruza had squandered four of her six break-point opportunities.

Wimbledon tightened its all-white clothing policy in 2014, and even Roger Federer complained about it that year. "It was a tricky match".

Muguruza is guaranteed now to return to the world's top 10, from the No 15 berth she currently occupies. "(Rybarikova) was playing very good during the tournament, and I think today I stepped out on the court super-confident and everything went well". "If you felt it before, it's really helpful".

- With six titles and eight final appearances, Serena has been virtually untouchable at the US Open, except when she faces Venus.

"I missed Serena so much especially before this match", Williams told reporters after winning her semi.

Venus Williams of the United States, right, and Britain's Johanna. Federer will be playing in his 29th Grand Slam final, tying him with Serena Williams for the fourth-most all-time among the men and women.