Later today in Wimbledon, experience will go against youth in the Women’s final, as Vintage Venus Williams takes on Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. It’s a 9th final appearance for Venus at the All England club and could become the oldest woman to win a slam in 109years if she wins a 6th Venus Rose Water dish.
With the uncertainty that comes with playing in the WTA field, it just had to be a Williams to bring back some sanity and familiarity, with Venus in the final.
In her second final appearance of the season, Venus will be facing an opponent other than her sister Serena Williams, who’s on maternity leave. It is safe to say she grew into the tournament after each match. Bidding her time in games, focusing on points and even missing a mandatory post match interview because of distraction. Venus has lost just a set in all 6 previous matches , yet to lose a set in the last 4 matches against some of the big servers and returners – Naomi Osaka, Ana Konjuh, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and in the final, British Johanna Konta, hitting an unbelievable 143 winners and 28 aces thus far.
Muguruza on the other hand, must be questioning her luck right now, why she’s facing a Williams for the second time in a Wimbledon final. In 2015, She lost 6-4, 6-4 to Serena in the final, although she got her bound of flesh winning the French open the following year against same opponent.
Just like Venus, Muguruza also has lost just a set enroute the final, but unlike Venus, she’s yet to face a tie-break and has largely not been tested except against Angelique Kerber in the 4th round.
Muguruza trials 1-3 in the head to head against Venus, what will most likely work for her against the American will be her consistency in rallies, she’s won more points off rallies and at the net this tournament. In contrast to Venus who has deployed a more aggressive approach to her forehand from the baseline with a blend of killing of points as short as possible.
This match is poised to go all the way, meaning a 3 set, anything less will completely be surprising.