Venus has chance to shine in own right

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FOR the first time in nine years, Venus Wil­liams hopes she can emerge from the largest and most cel­e­brated shadow in women’s ten­nis – her sis­ter Ser­ena.

At 37 years and 29 days, Venus faces Spa­niard Gar­bine Muguruza in the Wim­ble­don women’s sin­gles fi­nal, in­tent on tap­ping into Ser­ena’s aura.

“I don’t know that I play ex­actly the same way she does. But I re­ally tried to be in­spired by it,” Venus said of Ser­ena, who is preg­nant and off the cir­cuit un­til next year.

“I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have. I did think of that. I tried to do the would do.

“Yeah. For me it’s just about bet­ting on my­self ev­ery time. When I look across the net, I don’t think it’s the right men­tal­ity to be­lieve in that per­son more than me.

“It doesn’t mean that I’ve won ev­ery time, but I’ve tried to give my­self the best chance no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances were.”

Vic­tory would leave the Amer­i­can as the sec­ond old­est cham­pion in his­tory be­hind Char­lotte Cooper Sterry, who was 37 and 296 days in 1908.

Wil­liams last con­tested an All Eng­land Club ti­tle match in things she 2009 – when she was whelmed by Ser­ena.

Wim­ble­don cham­pion five times – 2000- 01, ’ 05 and ’ 07- 08 – Wil­liams is com­pet­ing at the All Eng­land Club for the 20th year.

Muguruza is more than aware of the Wil­liams sib­lings’s ex­tra­or­di­nary record at Wim­ble­don.

The French Open win­ner has been study­ing the tour­na­ments hon­our boards in the past 12 days.

“I would like to see my name there hope­fully,” she said. “I’m here, I have an­other chance. I’m try­ing to be sim­ple, and that’s it.” over-

US player Venus Wil­liams.

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