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Wimbledon: Venus Williams set to battle Garbine Muguruza in final

“It’s not very important anyway”.Venus beat Johanna Konta on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final and Serena, who missed her title defence after becoming pregnant with her first child, believes her sibling can win a sixth All England Club crown. Goddess-ness has its privileges. Last year Serena Williams pulled off a memorable coup, defeating Angelique Kerber in the singles then winning in the doubles shortly afterwards, alongside her sister Venus.”It’s very impressive. I think not everybody can do that”, she said. “Not everybody can do that”.”For me, it’s incredible”.But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins Wimbledon.The Spaniard has struggled for consistency since saluting at Roland Garros past year, and the Wimbledon final will be her first final at any level since that glorious day in Paris.If people felt that the absence of defending champion Serena Williams would be to the detriment of the tournament, older sister Venus was on hand to fill the breach. Both were huge sentimental favorites, Navratilova announcing that the 1994 tournament would be her final Wimbledon (although she would return).Muguruza powered her way past Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday, losing just two games on her way to a third Grand Slam final.”It was just a very surprising moment when you reach a final in a tournament where you thought it was going to be hard”.Muguruza has played some superb tennis over the fortnight. It forces you to go for the lines and for the bigger second serves. Earlier in the year, she explained to a Spanish interviewer how she got this way. “That [Wimbledon] final helped me a lot to figure out how to play better on grass”, she said. “I was tall.” Six feet. So I was, like, ‘No, you can’t play like most Spanish players do. Overall, she has hit more winners (143) and aces (28) than Muguruza as well. “It works for me”.If she wins today, she will be the oldest woman to win a grand-slam singles title in the Open era. “The magic doesn’t happen just because somebody comes in and all of a sudden you’re incredible. No”. “It’s a long two weeks”. I like when my team is behind me.Venus Williams, of course, is a tall order, probably the sentimental choice for tennis fans as they’ve watched her rebound from chronic illness and personal tragedies – the drive-by murder of a half-sister, the auto accident in Florida last month that resulted in an elderly man’s death (and for which police originally said Williams was to blame, though they’ve since retracted that statement).