There are 14 years between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams, who will contest the women’s singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Spaniard Muguruza is appearing in her second final at SW19, having finished as runner-up in 2015. The 14th seed has eased her way to the showpiece match having dropped just one set all tournament, and comfortably dispatched Magdaléna Rybáriková 6-1 6-1 in the semi.
Williams, on the other hand, is in her ninth Wimbledon singles final and aiming for her sixth title.
The veteran is defying her 37 years so far – she too has only dropped one set and is looking a fine prospect.
She comes into this as the outsider though, and that age advantage could count against her if her 23-year-old opponent is able to take it deep into a final set.
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Both players hit it hard, and it’s likely to be decided by who can get control of the baseline. While Williams is possibly the more consistent, if Muguruza gets it right, I can’t see her being stopped.
She was near unplayable in the semi-final and seems to have added a lot more reliability to her game. The length of rallies will certainly suit her fresher legs, and having been here before, she’ll know what it takes to win.
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