Muguruza acknowledges Martinez impact in Wimbledon run

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Williams plays Garbine Muguruza on Saturday and, unlike Charlotte Sterry, who lifted the trophy in 1908 aged 37 years and 282 days, she will nearly certainly not travel to the All England Club by bicycle. "But I know I have to be the cheerleader for myself", she added. "I like to take courage in the fact that I've been playing well this tournament". "I have to go out there and take it", said Williams, who reached her first major final 20 years ago in NY.

"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".

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open past year, Muguruza had endured something of a sophomore slump as her ranking dropped out of the top 10. Since then, her form has been patchy.

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. I have to go out there and take it and play well.

- Should Williams win it would be 17 years and seven days since her first grand slam title, only Serena has recorded a longer span between her first and most recent major titles (17 years, 139 days - 1999 US Open, 2017 Australian Open). I think I'm here because I've been working not only the last few days, but longer time, getting ready for this kind of moment.

Having crushed Johanna Konta with a masterful semi-final victory that made her the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years, Venus admitted she is relishing her return to prominence when many had written her off.

"I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", Muguruza said.

"I miss her so much".

Martinez became the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon in 1994 and her soothing words of wisdom have guided Muguruza to her third Grand Slam final.

"All the names that I read on the honours board, I know all of them".

But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins Wimbledon. "So I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there".



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