Wimbledon Women's Final 2017

Is that you Sophie? The Countess of Wessex appeared to have had popped to the salon ahead of her trip to Wimbledon in a glamorous departure from her usual up-do

She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros a year ago.

"I've played a lot of finals here, it's been a blessing", Venus said ahead of Saturday's final. "I wish she was there physically, I miss her very much before the final".

Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza go head-to-head in the women's singles final at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.

During these two weeks at Wimbledon, Muguruza has had 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez in her coaching corner.

Venus Williams career appeared to be in decline following a diagnosis of Sjogrens Syndrome in 2011 and four years passed without a Grand Slam quarter-final appearance.

And the Spaniard believes her own game has gone up another level since playing those first two Grand Slam finals.

So the 37-year-old, this time is carrying the hopes of the Williams clan while her younger sibling takes time out to have a baby.

"I think she's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it's a long tournament", said Muguruza about the influence of Martinez.

- Venus has won five grass titles, all at Wimbledon. "But I know I have to be the cheerleader for myself", she added.

Those running the circuit have been cursing their bad luck at so many nascent "marquee" players either falling away, retiring, or even being hit by tragedy.

Last year the 23-year-old Spaniard turned the tables on Serena to win her maiden slam title at the French Open and was immediately hailed as the new leader of the women's game.

- Muguruza could become just the second Spanish player to win multiple women's singles grand slams (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - 4). However, this time it will not be Serena but Venus and on current form, she has the artillery to become a Grand Slam champion for a second time. The 4th round pitted her against World No.1 Angelique Kerber, and she squeezed through 6-4 in a deciding 3rd set. Muguruza said it was all something of nothing. Her tall frame enables her to get a good early strike on her opponents with her first delivery and she has backed this up with assured groundstrokes and a willingness to approach the net when the opportunity presents itself.

- Average ranking Venus' opponents this fortnight is 36. "But I want to continue playing like I have in all my matches so far". Muguruza can struggle to settle into tournaments due to her heavy ball striking, when it's off she plays scrappy, error-strewn tennis, when it's on she's close to unstoppable, as displayed during her 6-1/6-1 victory against Magdalena Rybarikova in Thursdays semi-final.

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