All the key facts and trending topics as the singles and doubles champions are crowned at the third Slam of the year.
Alex Macpherson


If Venus Williams wins her sixth Wimbledon trophy today, nine years since her last Grand Slam victory, she would smash the Open Era record for longest gap between Slam titles - currently the five years and seven months between Virginia Wade's second Slam crown, the 1972 Australian Open, and her third, Wimbledon 1977.

With her win on Thursday over Magdalena Rybarikova, Garbiñe Muguruza became just the third woman in the Open Era to win the first three Slam semifinals of her career. The others are Evonne Goolagong (1971 Australian Open finalist, Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion in the same year); Mary Pierce (1994 Roland Garros runner-up, 1995 Australian Open champion and 1997 Australian Open runner-up); and Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004 US Open champion, finalist at Roland Garros in 2006 and the 2007 US Open).

Venus Williams is bidding to become both the oldest Slam champion in the Open Era - beating the record set by Serena at the Australian Open in January - and the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open Era, also set by Serena last year. Wimbledon's oldest female champion of all time is Charlotte Sterry, the 1908 winner.

Following her very first Slam final, a defeat by Martina Hingis in the 1997 US Open final, Venus Williams is yet to lose to an opponent other than Serena Williams in a Slam final. Today will mark the first time Garbiñe Muguruza faces an opponent other than Serena Williams in a Slam final, having lost to her here two years ago and beaten her in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

Venus Williams leads the two finalists' head-to-head 3-1. Williams won their first three meetings, all on hard courts: at Florianopolis in 2013 in three sets, at Auckland in 2014 in straight sets and in the 2015 Wuhan final by retirement. Muguruza got her first win over the American this year on clay, in the quarterfinals of Rome.

Venus Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza after the 2016 Wuhan Open final, won by Williams 6-3, 3-0 ret. (Getty)
Venus Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza after the 2016 Wuhan Open final, won by Williams 6-3, 3-0 ret. (Getty)

Regardless of the winner today, after the final all four reigning Slam champions will hold just one title in the past 12 months - their Slam. US Open champion Angelique Kerber will have four further finals on her record (the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Cincinnati, the WTA Finals and Monterrey); Serena Williams, on maternity leave since her Australian Open win, has only played three other tournaments in the past year; Roland Garros remains the sole title of Jelena Ostapenko's career, with Charleston her only other final in the past year.

Wimbledon marks the first final at any level for both players since they last reached a Grand Slam final: for Venus Williams, at the Australian Open in January, and for Garbiñe Muguruza, at Roland Garros last June.

43% of Garbiñe Muguruza's tour-level finals have come at Slams: the Spaniard has reached three major finals out of just seven in total. Her Roland Garros title comprises one-third of her overall tally of three trophies.

The fifth Wimbledon champion ranked outside the Top 10 is guaranteed, with Venus Williams ranked No.11 and Garbiñe Muguruza No.15. Of the previous four, Williams accounts for two - of her five titles here, she was ranked No.16 when she won in 2005 and No.31 in 2007. A victory would put either into the Top 5.

Garbiñe Muguruza is bidding to become only the second Spanish winner of the Venus Rosewater Dish in the Open Era. The other was 1994 champion Conchita Martínez - who is coaching Muguruza this week. In that final, Martínez beat another 37-year-old, Martina Navratilova.

Venus Williams has struck both more winners (143) and more aces (28) en route to the final than Garbiñe Muguruza (141 and 17 respectively). Both have lost one set: Muguruza to Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and Williams to Wang Qiang in the second round. Muguruza has dropped 39 games in total to Williams's 50.


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