Wimbledon 2017: Men’s final preview

This is it. Only a minimum of three sets and one determined opponent stand in the way of Roger Federer and a record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam singles title overall.

The Swiss Maestro has, for the third time, advanced to the final at the All England Club without dropping a set and tonight will be hoping to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title with such a flawless run.

The 35-year-old entered this year’s Championships as the title favourite despite missing the entire clay court season, including the French Open, to fully put his focus into attempting to break his Wimbledon title drought, having not saluted since he defeated Andy Murray in the 2012 final.

Since then he suffered a shock second round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013 before losing back-to-back finals to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015. Last year, he lost to Milos Raonic and would not strike another ball in anger for the remainder of the year after opting to undergo knee surgery.

Many believed that after the longest injury lay-off of his career, that Federer would never recapture the form that saw him become one of the two men to beat (the other, of course, being Rafael Nadal) throughout the noughties.

However, he would prove his doubters wrong in more ways than one; in his first tournament back he would capture his fifth Australian Open title, and 18th major title overall, by defeating his great rival Nadal, who’d also endured his own share of injury woes in recent years, in the final.

After capturing Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back for the third time, and bypassing the clay court season, Federer then slipped up in his first grass court outing, losing to Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, but would hit back by claiming his ninth title in Halle.

That, an early loss for Andy Murray at Queen’s and injury briefly grounding Rafael Nadal following his 10th French Open title, saw the Swiss Maestro assume favouritism status for Wimbledon.

When the draw was released two weeks ago, many started pondering the potential of another ‘Fedal’ final after the two great rivals were assigned to opposite sides of the draw.

As Federer breezed through the draw without so much being challenged, winning five completed matches in straight sets, he also saw some of his rivals for the title crash out progressively, starting with compatriot Stan Wawrinka’s first-day loss to unheralded Russian Daniil Medvedev

Nadal then followed Wawrinka out the door when he lost a gut-wrenching five-setter against Gilles Muller in the fourth round.

Federer’s title chances then multiplied further when Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic both lost their quarter-ties against Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych, respectively.

The Swiss, for his part, saw off the challenges posed by the likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Berdych in consecutive matches to advance to his eleventh Wimbledon final and 29th major final overall.

His next challenge does not get any easier, coming up against Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic who is hoping to emulate the same glory Goran Ivanisevic achieved in 2001, when he won the title ranked 125th in the world.

The 28-year-old won his first four matches in straight sets, but was then challenged by Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey as he attempted to better his previous best showing at Wimbledon, three straight quarter-finals (including once where he lost to Federer after holding a match point).

He dropped his first set of the tournament against Muller but pulled through in five, while he also dropped the first set against Querrey but recovered to win in four sets.

Cilic is now hoping to capture his second Grand Slam title, after previously winning the US Open in 2014 where he defeated Kei Nishikori in the final. En route to that title, he scored a stunning straight-sets win over his opponent in tonight’s final, Roger Federer, in the semi-finals.

That remains as his only win over the Swiss Maestro, having lost six other meetings including the aforementioned Wimbledon quarter-final thriller last year in which he had led by two sets to love before capitulating in five.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of what promises to be another massive Wimbledon men’s final.

[7] Marin Cilic (CRO) versus [3] Roger Federer (SUI)
Sunday, July 16
2:00pm local time (11:00pm AEST)
Centre Court

Head-to-head
All matches: Federer 6-1
In finals: First meeting
At Grand Slams: Federer 2-1

Last meeting: Federer won 6-7 (4-7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3

Marin Cilic’s road to the final
Round 1: defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
Round 2: defeated Florian Mayer (GER) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-5
Round 3: defeated [26] Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
Round 4: defeated [18] Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
Quarter-finals: defeated [16] Gilles Muller (LUX) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1
Semi-finals: defeated [24] Sam Querrey (USA) 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

Roger Federer’s road to the final
Round 1: defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 3-0 retired
Round 2: defeated Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3, 6-2
Round 3: defeated [27] Mischa Zverev (GER) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-4
Round 4: defeated [13] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Quarter-finals: defeated [6] Milos Raonic (CAN) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Semi-finals: defeated [11] Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

Stats that matter
* This will be Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon final, and 29th major final overall, while for Marin Cilic this will be his first and second in these respective categories.
* This will be the eighth meeting between the pair overall, second consecutive at Wimbledon and fourth at a major. Federer leads these categories 6-1, 1-0 and 2-1 respectively, with Cilic’s win coming in 2014 US Open semi-final. This will be their first meeting in a final, though.
* Federer is bidding to break the record of seven Wimbledon titles he has shared with Pete Sampras since 2012. This will be his third attempt to do so, after losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.
* Federer is also bidding to improve his own men’s record of 18 major titles, with a 19th at stake.
* Not since Bjorn Borg in 1976 has a man won Wimbledon without dropping a set. Federer has also only won one Grand Slam title without dropping a set, at the 2007 Australian Open.
* Cilic is attempting to become the first man from his country to win Wimbledon since Goran Ivanisevic did so in 2001, while ranked 125th in the world.
* Ivanisevic’s title win 16 years ago is also the last time anyone ranked outside the top four has won tennis’ holy grail.
* Cilic is looking to become the second active man, outside of tennis’ ‘Big Four’, to capture multiple Grand Slam titles (the other being Stan Wawrinka).

Prediction
Roger Federer in straight sets.

Federer vs Cilic Live, Wimbledon 2017 men’s final – what time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

Wimbledon 2017,Live, Wimbledon 2017,Live Stream Federer vs Cilic, Men’s Final Wimbledon Final 2017 Tennis Final, Championships,Watch,Free,It’s on BBC 1 from 1pm BST. You can also catch highlights of all Sunday’s action on BBC 2 at 10.20pm with Today at Wimbledon. Or you can follow all the action right here when this very page turns into our live blog from 1pm.Roger Federer has his sights set on making more history at Wimbledon. The 35 year-old is through to an 11th final – four more than any other man – after beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

If he defeats Marin Cilic in the final, he will be the first man ever to win eight titles, while he would also be the oldest champion in the Open era.

Federer won his seventh title back in 2012 but this is his third time in the final since then, with the Swiss losing to Novak Djokovic in both 2013 and 2014.

Federer turns 36 next month and is the oldest Wimbledon finalist in the men’s singles since Ken Rosewall in 1974.

Cilic powered past Andy Murray’s conqueror Sam Querrey 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 to reach Sunday’s final.

It is three years since he broke the stranglehold of the game’s ‘big four’ to win the US Open.

Cilic came within a whisker of beating Federer in the quarter-finals last year, but spurned three match points before losing in five sets to the Swiss.

Roger Federer

“It makes me really happy, making history here at Wimbledon. It’s a big deal. I love this tournament.

“All my dreams came true here as a player. To have another chance to go for number eight now, be so close at this stage, is a great feeling.

“I’m unbelievably excited. I hope I can play one more good match. Eleven finals here, all these records, it’s great, but it doesn’t give me the title quite yet.

“That’s why I came here this year. I’m so close now, so I’ve just got to stay focused.”

Marin Cilic

“Over here in Wimbledon, I believe this is his home court. It’s the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game.

“Obviously I’m going to look back as well – 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match over here against him.

“Definitely I believe that if I’m going to be playing him, in my own abilities to get through and to win it. But I still know that it’s a big mountain to climb.

“Roger is playing maybe one of his best tennis of his career at the moment, having a great season. So I know it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I believe I’m ready.”

What is our prediction?

There really can be only one outcome. Federer wins. But the first few sets will be tight, and go with serve, because Cilic will be mighty hard to break. The Swiss’ class, though, will tell and more records will tumble. Prediction: Federer to win in four sets.

This is it. Only a minimum of three sets and one determined opponent stand in the way of Roger Federer and a record eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam singles title overall.

The Swiss Maestro has, for the third time, advanced to the final at the All England Club without dropping a set and tonight will be hoping to become the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title with such a flawless run.

The 35-year-old entered this year’s Championships as the title favourite despite missing the entire clay court season, including the French Open, to fully put his focus into attempting to break his Wimbledon title drought, having not saluted since he defeated Andy Murray in the 2012 final.

Since then he suffered a shock second round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013 before losing back-to-back finals to Novak Djokovic in 2014 and 2015. Last year, he lost to Milos Raonic and would not strike another ball in anger for the remainder of the year after opting to undergo knee surgery.

Many believed that after the longest injury lay-off of his career, that Federer would never recapture the form that saw him become one of the two men to beat (the other, of course, being Rafael Nadal) throughout the noughties.

However, he would prove his doubters wrong in more ways than one; in his first tournament back he would capture his fifth Australian Open title, and 18th major title overall, by defeating his great rival Nadal, who’d also endured his own share of injury woes in recent years, in the final.

After capturing Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back for the third time, and bypassing the clay court season, Federer then slipped up in his first grass court outing, losing to Tommy Haas in Stuttgart, but would hit back by claiming his ninth title in Halle.

That, an early loss for Andy Murray at Queen’s and injury briefly grounding Rafael Nadal following his 10th French Open title, saw the Swiss Maestro assume favouritism status for Wimbledon.

When the draw was released two weeks ago, many started pondering the potential of another ‘Fedal’ final after the two great rivals were assigned to opposite sides of the draw.

As Federer breezed through the draw without so much being challenged, winning five completed matches in straight sets, he also saw some of his rivals for the title crash out progressively, starting with compatriot Stan Wawrinka’s first-day loss to unheralded Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Wimbledon 2017 live blog: Roger Federer v Marin Cilic in men’s final

Wimbledon 2017,Live, Wimbledon 2017,Live Stream Federer vs Cilic, Wimbledon Final 2017 Tennis Final, Championships,Watch,Free,FIVE years after his last Wimbledon triumph, Roger Federer can capture a record eighth All England Club title and become the tournament’s oldest men’s champion of the modern era.With his 36th birthday fast approaching, the evergreen Swiss will comfortably succeed Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1975, as Wimbledon’s most senior champion.

Victory over Croatian giant Marin Cilic will also give him a 19th career Grand Slam title and second in three majors this year after sweeping to a fifth Australian Open in January following a six-month absence.

“I was hoping to be in good shape when the grass court season came around,” said Federer who, for good measure, also pocketed back-to-back Masters at Indian Wells and Miami as well as a ninth Halle grass court crown.

“The first three, four months were just like a dream really. So this is something I was working towards, you know, Wimbledon, to be in good shape. I’m happy it’s paying off here now.” Federer admits his form in 2017 has surprised even himself after he shut down his 2016 season to rest a knee injury in the aftermath of his brutal five-set semi-final loss at Wimbledon to Milos Raonic.

He came into Wimbledon having radically pruned his playing schedule, skipping the entire clay court season. He has 30 wins and just two losses this year and he has reached his 11th Wimbledon final without dropping a set. The men’s final will be his 102nd at the tournament and his 29th final at the majors.

Federer is tied with Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles since beating Andy Murray in the 2012 final.

Wimbledon is just his seventh event of the year; 28-year-old Cilic is in his 15th. Cilic’s game is made for grass and 12 months ago he led Federer by two sets to love and held three match points in an epic quarter-final which the Swiss superstar eventually claimed. When Cilic won his only Slam in New York at the US Open three years ago, he demolished Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Cilic is only the second Croatian man to reach the Wimbledon final after Goran Ivanisevic, his former coach, who swept to a memorable title victory in 2001.

A win would make him the first Wimbledon champion outside of Federer, Murray, Djokovic and Nadal since Lleyton Hewitt triumphed in 2002. However, he has only won one of his last 12 matches against a top five player at the Slams, even if that was over Federer in New York three years ago. Cilic has fired 130 aces at Wimbledon this year and dropped just 10 service games.

“This is Roger’s home court, the place where he feels the best and knows that he can play the best game,” said Cilic.

“Obviously I’m going to look back, 12 months ago I was one point away from winning a match against him here. But it’s still a big mountain to climb.”

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

ROGER FEDERER leads MARIN CILIC 6-1

2016 Wimbledon Grass QF Federer 6-7 (4/7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3

2014 US Open Hard SF Cilic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

2014 Toronto Hard R16 Federer 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4

2012 Shanghai Hard QF Federer 6-3, 6-4

2011 US Open Hard R32 Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

2011 Monte Carlo Clay R16 Federer 6-4, 6-3

2008 Paris Hard R16 Federer 6-3, 6-4

PATHS TO THE FINAL

Marin Cilic (CRO)

1st rd: bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3

2nd rd: bt Florian Mayer (GER) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 7-5

3rd rd: bt Steve Johnson (USA x26) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

4th rd: bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x18) 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

QF: bt Gilles Muller (LUX x16) 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1

SF: bt Sam Querrey (USA x24) 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5

Roger Federer (SUI)

1st rd: bt Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 3-0 — retired

2nd rd: bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 7-6 (7/0), 6-3, 6-2

3rd rd: bt Mischa Zverev (GER x27) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 6-4

4th rd: bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x13) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

QF: bt Milos Raonic (CAN x6) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

SF: bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x11) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza, Wimbledon 2017 women’s final – what time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

“I’ve played a lot of finals here,” Williams told the BBC. “One more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all.”

Muguruza was beaten by Venus’ sister Serena in the 2015 final. Former world No. 1 Tracey Austin was impressed by the way the Spaniard dispatched her opponent in the semifinal.

“Muguruza was in the zone,” she said. “That was one of the matches you train all your life for, and for it to happen in the semi-final of Wimbledon—she was in a dream. Rybarikova was just rushed the whole time. But complete focus and a great game plan from Muguruza.”

In the women’s singles final of 2017 Wimbledon, fans will witness a battle between youth and experience as veteran Venus Williams looks to script history when she takes on Garbine Muguruza on Saturday.

Before the start of the tournament, not many had expected Venus to reach so far but Serena Williams’ resurgent sibling breezed past two of the favourites to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009.

The 37-year-old defeated tennis newbie and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarters and bruised past Johanna Konta to inch closer to Serena’s record. A win on Saturday would mean seven Wimbledon titles for the older sister, equalling that of Serena’s. Not only so, she would also become the oldest women to clinch the title.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza shot to fame after her defeat to Serena in the 2015 final at the All England Court. She floored World No 1 Angelique Kerber and then edged past Slovakian first-timer Magdalena Rybarikova to enter her second Wimbledon final.

Inspired by the decision to hire compatriot Conchita Martinez as her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Muguruza has enjoyed a revival of her own over the last fortnight.

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

Martinez became the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon in 1994 and her soothing words of wisdom have guided Muguruza to her third Grand Slam final.

Here’s all you need to know about watching the Saturday’s women’s singles final live:

When will the Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza match be played?

The Wimbledon women’s singles final will take place on 15 July.

Where will the match be played?

The matches will be played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London.

How do I watch the Wimbledon women’s singles final match live?

The matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select HD1 and Star Sports Select HD2.

What time will live coverage of the match start?

The live broadcast of the matches will start at 6:30 PM IST.

Where can you follow the match online?

The matches will be streamed online on hotstar.com.

You can also check out the live blog on Firstpost, for live scores, updates and analysis from the match.

Wimbledon Finals 2017: Men & Women’s Championships, start time, channel, live stream (with links)

Wimbledon 2017,Live, Wimbledon 2017,Live Stream Williams vs Muguruza, Wimbledon Final 2017 Tennis Final, Championships,Watch,Free,Wimbledon comes to a close this weekend, and a few familiar faces are going to be appearing in both the men’s and women’s finals. On the women’s side, Venus Williams is in the midst of an incredible run that has the 37-year-old star appearing as the oldest finals contender since 1994, when Martina Navratilova lost to Conchita Martinez. Williams will look to make history against Garbine Muguruza on Saturday, hoping to wrap up an incredibly emotional month for her on a positive note.

In a hectic men’s bracket, Roger Federer was the only one of the Big Four to make it out alive. Rafael Nadal was ousted by Gilles Muller, while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray couldn’t overcome injuries in addition to their competition. Federer will be facing Marin Cilic for his 12th Grand Slam in his 11th Wimbledon Finals appearance. Cilic is in his first finals appearance in 11 trips to Wimbledon, as he looks to dethrone a Federer that has undergone somewhat of a renaissance throughout this tournament. Some questioned Federer going in, but he is yet to even lose a set in this tournament.

Usually cars have five, maximum six gears – Roger Federer seems to have 10 gears. Whenever he’s in trouble he comes out with an even better shot.

All credit to Berdych – he really took it to him and played great under pressure – but every time we thought he had a little bit of a chance Roger was just coming up with another magical shot.

That’s what makes him the greatest of all time – to do it over such a long time. At 35, potentially playing your best tennis, who would have thought that?

Querrey, 29, had played three successive five-set matches to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, and almost forced a fourth before Cilic finally saw off the American’s challenge.

Both men had more than 100 aces to their name heading into the semi-finals, and it was the Croat who had more success in breaking down the big serve.

Cilic won more than twice as many points on return and earned 14 break points to Querrey’s three, but the American saved 10 and was two service holds from taking it to a fifth set.

He edged the first set from 4-1 down in the tie-break before Cilic earned the first break of the match at 3-3 on his way to levelling at one set all.

The match was over two hours old before two loose shots from Querrey – a backhand error followed by a forehand into the net – separated the pair in the third set tie-break.

The pair’s previous meeting at Wimbledon in 2012 lasted over five hours and finished 17-15 to Cilic in the fifth set, and when a wayward Cilic smash helped Querrey move ahead in the fourth, another final set seemed inevitable.

However, Cilic played a fine game to level at 4-4 with a drop volley and an attacking return of serve, and avoided the need for a third tie-break when he earned two match points at 6-5 and found a forehand winner on the second.

“Sam was playing high-level tennis, especially in the first set,” said Cilic.

“I was 4-1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert. After that I was better in the return games. The level was really high.”

Wimbledon 2017 final, Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza: Where and when to watch, coverage on TV and live streaming

Wimbledon 2017,Live, Wimbledon 2017,Live Stream Williams vs Muguruza, Wimbledon Final 2017 Tennis Final, Championships,Watch,Free,In the women’s singles final of 2017 Wimbledon, fans will witness a battle between youth and experience as veteran Venus Williams looks to script history when she takes on Garbine Muguruza on Saturday.

Before the start of the tournament, not many had expected Venus to reach so far but Serena Williams’ resurgent sibling breezed past two of the favourites to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009.

The 37-year-old defeated tennis newbie and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarters and bruised past Johanna Konta to inch closer to Serena’s record. A win on Saturday would mean seven Wimbledon titles for the older sister, equalling that of Serena’s. Not only so, she would also become the oldest women to clinch the title.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza shot to fame after her defeat to Serena in the 2015 final at the All England Court. She floored World No 1 Angelique Kerber and then edged past Slovakian first-timer Magdalena Rybarikova to enter her second Wimbledon final.

Inspired by the decision to hire compatriot Conchita Martinez as her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Muguruza has enjoyed a revival of her own over the last fortnight.

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

Martinez became the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon in 1994 and her soothing words of wisdom have guided Muguruza to her third Grand Slam final.

Here’s all you need to know about watching the Saturday’s women’s singles final live:

When will the Venus Williams vs Garbine Muguruza match be played?

The Wimbledon women’s singles final will take place on 15 July.

Where will the match be played?

The matches will be played at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London.

How do I watch the Wimbledon women’s singles final match live?

The matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select HD1 and Star Sports Select HD2.

What time will live coverage of the match start?

The live broadcast of the matches will start at 6:30 PM IST.

Where can you follow the match online?

The matches will be streamed online on hotstar.com.

You can also check out the live blog on Firstpost, for live scores, updates and analysis from the match.

Venus Williams could become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era when she meets Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.

The American, 37, will overtake sister Serena’s record – set when she was 35 at the Australian Open in January – by winning her sixth SW19 title.

We love finesse and craftsmanship, but power tennis usually wins the day, or the fortnight, at women’s Grand Slams. That has held true in 2017: Serena Williams won the Australian Open and Jelena Ostapenko, firing with both barrels, won the French Open. It’s obvious that heavy artillery will rule again at Wimbledon, when two of the game’s hardest hitters square off.

Muguruza-Williams promises fireworks. Any player who reaches a major final is, by definition, playing well, but these two have really transcended their usual levels over the last three matches. Muguruza faced down two former Grand Slam champs who were on their games, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the fourth round and quarterfinals; and in the semis she ran over Magdalena Rybarikova. Venus handcuffed Ostapenko in the quarters, and dictated from start to finish against Johanna Konta in the semis. Judging by those performances, and the intense focus each woman brought to them, it’s hard to imagine either Muguruza or Venus losing in the final.

But one of them must. Muguruza and Williams have played three completed matches; the American has won two, the Spaniard one. Two of them went three sets. Each likes grass, and each will try to get in the first strike in the rallies. Muguruza’s ground strokes have been slightly more lethal and perfectly placed; and if you believe in historical symmetry, it’s interesting that the last woman to beat a 37-year-old in the Wimbledon final, Conchita Martinez (she defeated Martina Navratilova in 1994), will be coaching Muguruza on Saturday.

But I think Venus’ strengths give her the advantage. She’s a more natural defender, and her serve is a bigger bail-out weapon than Muguruza’s. And she desperately wants to keep that trophy in the family.

Watch Wimbledon Tennis 2017 Live : Online Women’s Final Free

Wimbledon 2017,Live, Wimbledon 2017,Live Stream Williams vs Muguruza, Wimbledon Final 2017 Tennis Final, Championships,Watch,Free,Venus Williams will try for a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday against Garbiñe Muguruza in the 2017 women’s final at the All England Club.Williams, 37, had her main draw debut 20 years ago. With a win at Wimbledon on Saturday, Williams could become the oldest Grand Slam champion in 109 years. This is the second Grand Slam final of the year for Williams, who lost to sister Serena in the Australian Open final.

Williams, the No, 10 seed, also has the most singles wins at Wimbledon for an active player. Venus’ 87th win in the semifinal passed Serena for the third-most all-time.

 Muguruza is the No. 14 seed and the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up. She is the fifth woman in the past 10 years to win a Grand Slam semifinal or final when losing two or less games.

Both Williams and Muguruza won in straight sets to advance to a powerful Wimbledon final. The two have faced each other four times, and Williams has a 3-1 advantage.Williams will be playing in her ninth Wimbledon final match. The only person to defeat Venus in a singles final at Wimbledon is Serena.

The women’s final match begins at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday. It will be televised on ESPN (U.S.) and BBC (UK). You can also watch live coverage on Twitter from the Wimbledon Channel.

For streaming options, WatchESPN  and the Tennis Channel  have live coverage available in the U.S., while BBC iPlayer has coverage from Wimbledon in the U.K.

Venus Williams could become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era when she meets Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.

The American, 37, will overtake sister Serena’s record – set when she was 35 at the Australian Open in January – by winning her sixth SW19 title.

We love finesse and craftsmanship, but power tennis usually wins the day, or the fortnight, at women’s Grand Slams. That has held true in 2017: Serena Williams won the Australian Open and Jelena Ostapenko, firing with both barrels, won the French Open. It’s obvious that heavy artillery will rule again at Wimbledon, when two of the game’s hardest hitters square off.

Muguruza-Williams promises fireworks. Any player who reaches a major final is, by definition, playing well, but these two have really transcended their usual levels over the last three matches. Muguruza faced down two former Grand Slam champs who were on their games, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, in the fourth round and quarterfinals; and in the semis she ran over Magdalena Rybarikova. Venus handcuffed Ostapenko in the quarters, and dictated from start to finish against Johanna Konta in the semis. Judging by those performances, and the intense focus each woman brought to them, it’s hard to imagine either Muguruza or Venus losing in the final.

But one of them must. Muguruza and Williams have played three completed matches; the American has won two, the Spaniard one. Two of them went three sets. Each likes grass, and each will try to get in the first strike in the rallies. Muguruza’s ground strokes have been slightly more lethal and perfectly placed; and if you believe in historical symmetry, it’s interesting that the last woman to beat a 37-year-old in the Wimbledon final, Conchita Martinez (she defeated Martina Navratilova in 1994), will be coaching Muguruza on Saturday.

But I think Venus’ strengths give her the advantage. She’s a more natural defender, and her serve is a bigger bail-out weapon than Muguruza’s. And she desperately wants to keep that trophy in the family.

Venus Williams dominated Wimbledon for almost a decade between 2000 and 2009, winning five titles and finishing runner-up three times.

But the seven-time Grand Slam champion had become a peripheral figure after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an illness that causes fatigue and joint pain, in 2011.

She says she refused to consider retirement, despite her world ranking plummeting to 103 by the end of 2011.

Williams returned to the top 10 last year and reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 when she lost to Serena in Melbourne earlier this year.

Now, after beating Britain’s Johanna Konta in the last four, she has another chance to win her first major title since Wimbledon in 2008..

Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years after she overpowered Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2.

On Saturday night (AEST) the 37-year-old will attempt to become the oldest grand slam champion of the Open era by beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Venus is chasing a sixth Wimbledon title, and eighth grand slam crown, nine years after she last lifted the trophy, completing an incredible comeback after she battled an auto-immune disease that left her fatigued and threatened to force her out of tennis.

Venus Williams.Source: AFP

In the twilight of her career, Venus has hit a rich vein of form over the last 12 months.

She was Australian Open runner-up in January to sister Serena, only to have her life thrown into turmoil last month when she was accidentally involved in a car crash in Florida that led to the death of an elderly man.

A less strong-willed personality would have gone into hiding, but Venus, after choking back tears when asked about the incident at the start of Wimbledon, has taken solace in her tennis.

“There were definitely some issues. There’s definitely a lot of ups and downs,” Venus said.

“I just try to hold my head up high, no matter what is happening in life. In sport especially, you have injuries. You have illnesses.

“You’re not going to be always playing 100 per cent. If I decide to walk out on the court, I try to just compete that day. That’s what I try to do.”

Muguruza stormed into her second Wimbledon final in three years with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of nerve-ridden Magdalena Rybarikova.

The 23-year-old, beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final, is into her third grand slam title match after winning last year’s French Open.