Five-time champion Venus Williams will take on 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, in a clash between two confident big-hitters with grass-court prowess.
Williams, 37, is playing her 20th Wimbledon and obviously is far more experienced, but Muguruza has had tunnel vision throughout the fortnight, and looks to be solely focused on winning her first title at the All England Club and a second Grand Slam trophy, to go with her Roland Garros 2016 success.
Here’s a closer look at the all the numbers and figures surrounding this intriguing final match-up.
– This is their first meeting on grass.
– Venus is going for a sixth Wimbledon trophy and eighth Grand Slam title. She is playing a ninth Wimbledon final.
– Venus has played 101 matches at Wimbledon.
– Venus has conceded 50 games en route to the final, compared to just 39 for Muguruza.
– Venus is 7-8 win-loss in Grand Slam finals.
– Venus is playing her second Slam final of the season (lost 2017 AO final to Serena). The last time Venus had reached multiple Slam finals in a calendar year was in 2003 (runner-up at AO and Wimbledon).
– Venus is bidding to become the 10th woman in the Open Era to win a Slam in her 30s.
– At 37 years and 28 days, Venus is the oldest woman to make a Slam final since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon 1994. She is attempting to overtake Serena’s record (34 years and 287 days) as the oldest woman in Open Era to win a Wimbledon crown.
– By reaching final this fortnight, Venus is the only woman to have reached the fourth round or better in the last six Grand Slams.
– Venus has won five grass titles, all at Wimbledon. She’s second on the list of most grass titles won among active players.
– If Venus wins the title, she will rise to No4 in the world rankings – her highest since October 2010.
– Average ranking Venus’ opponents this fortnight is 36.
– This is Muguruza’s first final since winning the French Open 13 months ago.
– Muguruza is bidding to become the eighth active player to win multiple Grand Slam titles.
– Muguruza is guaranteed to return to the top five in the rankings if she wins.
– Average ranking of Muguruza’s opponents this fortnight is 55.
– Muguruza is playing her second final in just five Wimbledon main draw appearances.
– Muguruza has six top-20 wins this season.
– Muguruza is the second player to face both Williams sisters in the final of the same major (Hingis faced Venus in US Open 1997 final and Serena in 1999).
– Muguruza is attempting to become just the second Spanish woman, after Conchita Martinez (coaching her this fortnight) to win Wimbledon in the Open Era.