Garbine Muguruza vs Venus Williams, Wimbledon Final Preview

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(14) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs (10) ?? Venus Williams
It all comes down to this: Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams will contest the 2017 Wimbledon final, a blockbuster match-up that is certain to produce a highly competitive match between two former Grand Slam champions. Garbine Muguruza enters her second Wimbledon final in impeccable form, the Spaniard produced a sublime semi-final performance to blast her way past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just over an hour.
Venus Williams is one win away from a historic triumph, the 37-year-old would be the oldest lady to win Wimbledon if she wins the title on Saturday. The American also enters this match full of confidence after storming past Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2 on Thursday. Venus has had the edge over Muguruza in the past but it was the Spaniard who won their most recent match earlier this year. Saturday’s final will be their first meeting on a grass court, who will step up and claim the third Grand Slam of the year? It is looking hard to separate these two heading into the final.

Garbine Muguruza has been the most impressive player all tournament. The Spaniard cruised through the first week of the event with straight set wins over Ekaterina Alexandrova, Yanina Wickmayer and Sorana Cirstea. Muguruza has really stepped up her level in the second week and heads into the final in superb form. Muguruza overcame an extremely tough battle against world number 1 Angelique Kerber in the fourth round, Muguruza came from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-4. The 2016 Roland Garros champion then went on to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 before thrashing Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 to secure a spot in her second Wimbledon final.

Muguruza is playing a commanding, confident brand of tennis at SW19, Muguruza is coming forward to the net whenever possible and is generally taking command of points at the earliest opportunity. Furthermore, Muguruza has shown that she can be tactically smart throughout matches (most notably against Rybarikova where she never allowed the Slovakian to execute her game) and has been very composed throughout the tournament.

9 years after her claiming her 7th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Venus Williams will have the opportunity to become the oldest Wimbledon champion when she takes on Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final at SW19. Like Muguruza, Venus has dropped just 1 set on route to the final. Venus came through the first week with wins over Elise Mertens, Qiang Wang and Naomi Osaka. Venus wasn’t at her best during the first week, especially in her match against Wang where she was forced to come from a set down.

The 5-time former champion has really stepped up her level in the second week of the event. Venus cruised past Ana Konjuh 6-3 6-2 before eliminating a red-hot Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 to reach the final four. Venus confirmed her spot in Saturday’s final with an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory over Johanna Konta. Venus is playing traditional, aggressive grass court tennis, serving well, coming forward and taking control of proceedings at the earliest opportunity.

Williams holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza. The only recent completed match between the pair took place on clay in Rome earlier this year, Muguruza claimed her first career win over the American courtesy of a 6-2 3-6 6-2 triumph.

Heading into this final, it seems very difficult to split Muguruza and Williams. Both have played superb tennis throughout the tournament and are very deserving finalists. Both are playing quite similarly, serving well, moving forward and playing big from the baseline. Both are former Grand Slam champions and have been at this stage before, obviously Venus is more experienced but it is Muguruza who has been at this stage more often in recent times. This is as close to 50/50 as it gets.

I’m going to give the slight edge to Williams. Venus is one of the greatest players in the sports history and at this stage of her career she will be giving absolutely everything to win this title, perhaps her last chance to win another Grand Slam title. Whilst Muguruza has been playing superbly, grass is still a surface that favours Venus in this match-up. Muguruza will face a different challenge in this match compared to her previous matches this tournament because she is unlikely to be able to dictate as many points as she has been able to throughout previous matches. Venus has played big hitters all tournament and has shown her ability to come past these types of opponents over and over again. Muguruza has struggled against similarly powerful opponents on quick surfaces whilst Venus is rarely out-hit in these types of matches.

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Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

0 responses to “Garbine Muguruza vs Venus Williams, Wimbledon Final Preview”

  1. Yep, I agree with your assessment. It will be close match, but it doesn’t look like anything can stop Queen Vee from her 8th GS title.

  2. Indeed, this is as tough of a match to predict as they come. The odds reflect that sentiment as they are very close. Get the popcorn out, this is about as good as it gets. Let’s see if the match plays out to its billing…..

  3. It seems that a lot of sentiment is involved in thinking that Venus will take the title. Venus is 37 years old. Muguruza is 23. You can be as experienced as you like but playing 7 matches in a row must take its toll. If it goes to three sets Muguruza will take it. She knows she can beat VW.

    • Truth but Venus has strength only for 10 games, I believe that if Mugu stay calm and Venus can’t handle these speed of the game in final.Imhappy that only experience without physical preparation don’t secure the Grandslam title!!

  4. What dou you have against Muguruza? You predicted her defeat to Kerber, to Kuznetsova and now to Venus… It seems like Muguruza disagrees at all…

  5. Muguruza has proved that she is a better grass court than everybody – including herself – thinks. She can play extremely well at all surfaces!

    • Yepp, it’s good to see. I doubted that she would pull through but she did. She should be the next big thing after what we have seen, she can dominate of every surface.. just like Serena

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