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Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals how she's improved since French Open win

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza reveals how she's improved since French Open win

GARBINE MUGURUZA already knows what it is like to lose to an opponent called Williams in a Wimbledon final - and she is determined to avoid a repeat on Centre Court today.

Here's a closer look at the all the numbers and figures surrounding this intriguing final match-up.

The 23-year-old, who won the French Open in 2016 and will contest her second Wimbledon final, put Venus' longevity down to her love of the game.

Venus also reached the Australian Open final this year where she was beaten by her sister Serena. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros previous year.

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

At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age. Williams of course skipped the grass warm-up events but has a natural ease on the surface and her record here needs no explanation.

Muguruza was naturally aware of that, but does not believe there is anything to be learned from how her fellow Spaniard coped that day.

- Muguruza could become just the second Spanish player to win multiple women's singles grand slams (Arantxa Sanchez Vicario - 4). Only 23 players have ascended to the No.1 ranking since 1973.

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Back in the All England Club final after an eight-year absence, the 37-year-old hopes to become both the oldest Wimbledon and major victor since the Open era began in 1968.

Muguruza's 51 backhand winners lead all women at this year's championships. Williams advanced to her ninth Wimbledon final.

"I feel very focused", said Williams. She has fired 34 unreturnable second serves, out of a total of 112.

Williams erased the first break point with a backhand victor down the line, and the second with a 106 miles per hour (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta's body. However, the Spaniard won their most recent meeting. Williams has won 59 of 65 service games while Muguruza has won 54 of 58. In the round of 16, Williams played her first seeded opponent, seed 27 Ana Konjuh whom she made light work of in a dominant performance (6-3, 6-2). At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash.

- Venus is going for a sixth Wimbledon trophy and eighth Grand Slam title.

We can expect some long rallies, and athletic shot-making and there is very little between the in terms of time spent on court.

Federer will be playing in his 29th Grand Slam final, tying him with Serena Williams for the fourth-most all-time among the men and women.