Makarova and Vesnina cruise to women's doubles title

Makarova and Vesnina cruise to women's doubles title

After a close first set, the Spaniard made light work of her American opponent to clinch the title 7-5 6-0. That power, retained at 37, has allowed Venus to outlast an inconsistent women's field although she has not won a Grand Slam since 2008, her fifth Wimbledon title.

"I had the hardest match today against Venus", she said.

"Who among the male finalists, tomorrow night, would you like to dance with?" asked one of the journalists present at the post-match conference.

The tradition of men and women's singles winner dancing in the Champions' ball on Sunday night haven't been strictly followed since the 1970s, but was brought back in 2015 when Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic shared the dance floor.

"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, because they're very special".

She has had a difficult year since, dropping down the world rankings and making a tearful early exit when defending her French Open title in Paris last month, but she believes she is mentally stronger as a result of all that she has been through.

Her autoimmune disease Sjogren's seemed the most obvious reason her energy levels sapped allowing Muguruza to inflict the first 6-0 scoreline on the 37-year-old in her 20-year Wimbledon history.

She added: "I don't think anyone is going to dominate so long as Serena [Williams] did". Unfortunately, this year's Wimbledon recorded the highest number of pull-outs due to injury that robbed the tournament of its glitz.

"It's like preparing for death", Andre Agassi once said of a sportsperson's retirement. And with that, the entire room burst into laughter. Martinez kept her own experiences out of the pre-match preparations, saying: "We talked about it many times, not before the match, it was a whole different match". She paused for a while and then answered, "Roger!"

The Venezuela-born 23-year-old sealed her second grand slam victory after a successful Hawkeye challenge of a Williams forehand that sailed just beyond the baseline.

It's a nice-sounding quote, if you don't try to break it down too much.

"I came thinking, 'I'm prepared, I feel good'".

"That's the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in".

"A lot of beautiful moments in the last couple of weeks", the American said.