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Venus out to defy the age gap in Wimbledon final

Venus out to defy the age gap in Wimbledon final

That was the year Williams made her Wimbledon debut. At the age of 37 years and 28 days Williams is attempting to become the oldest women's champion since Charlotte Sterry won in 1908 at the age of 37 years and 282 days.

Venus beat Johanna Konta on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final and Serena, who missed her title defence after becoming pregnant with her first child, believes her sibling can win a sixth All England Club crown. This will be Williams' 16th Grand Slam singles final and her 82nd at tour level.

"It should be the biggest story ever if Venus wins this", said Lindsay Davenport, who won Wimbledon in 1999 and is now a Tennis Channel analyst.

"I'm not sure exactly what his experience has been", Williams said of Federer. Her passing game has been on point, and with her great groundstrokes, she has forced plenty of unforced errors. "So those are definitely similarities".

The ladies final is known, and Venus Williams will clash with Garbine Muguruza, while among the gentleman's we have the semifinals between Rodger Federer and Tomas Berdych and in the other part draw Sam Querrey and Marin Cilic. Six years ago, she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease causing chronic fatigue and muscle soreness.

Martinez, Spain's Fed Cup captain, has been Muguruza's temporary coach and adviser in London, and her presence is helping piece things together again.

Williams was involved in a fatal car crash June 9 near her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He died 13 days later.

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

"I think she just loves to play and she enjoys going out there".

"That final helped me a lot to figure out a way to play better on grass because before I was, like, not very experienced".

It was a rare and revealing display of emotion by a player typically seen as pleasant but often careful and guarded in her answers.

"Maybe nobody would have picked right from the start that Venus is going to be there in the finals but the longer the tournament went on, she got herself out of tough matches, tough situations, had a struggle in the first couple of rounds". Muguruza hailed her longevity, adding: "It's very impressive". At least it's what it shows. "Even though she's achieved so many things, she's still motivated to go for more, which is really surprising".

Muguruza, 23, is no pushover.

Prediction: Williams in three sets. But there was never a doubt in his straight-sets defeat of hard-hitting Tomas Berdych, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4. "I'm different", she said. I think Jo handled the pressure.

With the matchup so close the odds makers have priced the main markets perfectly, leaving the prop market perhaps the most profitable investment. She knows how to focus on the task at hand. "Then I calmed down and then finally had the results".

Wimbledon has been kind to both sisters, who have turned its manicured lawns into something of a personal fiefdom since the turn of the century.

"I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", Muguruza said. The record is currently owned by her sister Serena, who won the Australian Open this January at the age of 35.