GARBINE MUGURUZA insists she is a "very different player" compared to when she reached the Wimbledon final two years ago. Williams is 37 and would be the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era.
Williams will lose 7,500 US dollars (£5,800) of her prize money as a result, the International Tennis Federation said.
Williams goes through to her ninth singles final at Wimbledon where she will face Spain's Garbine Murguruza on Saturday for the chance to win her eighth grand slam title. The 23-year-old Muguruza broke twice to open the second set, claiming the first four games before dismissing Rybarikova in a mere 64 minutes.
For Venus, her meeting with Muguruza marks a second grand slam final of 2017, having been beaten by Serena at the Australian Open, in what is a remarkable resurgence in the twilight of the seven-time grand slam champion's career.
She was not alone in being fined, with 36-year-old Swiss Martina Hingis receiving a 3,000 dollars (£2,300) penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, after hitting her racket against the grass in frustration during a women's doubles quarter-final played on Centre Court on Wednesday.
But most importantly it is the grass which suits her style of play. Meanwhile, each woman has been charged with just 105 unforced errors (17.6 per match). "I'm really focused on now and the future". Muguruza had 50 in her pivotal, fourth-round win over top seed Angelique Kerber. Muguruza averaged 55.6 and 66.8 percent in those categories, respectively. And she's expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent. Williams is right at her elbow, winning 52.1 percent of her second serves while also putting 65.8 percent of her first serves into play.
You have to try to hang in there and stay close.
Emotionally, Muguruza is on an upswing. Muguruza will be looking to pull off a similar performance against Svetlana Kuznetsova who has an equally strong run.
In the men's draw, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic will be putting the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of Sunday's singles final.
Muguruza is set to face the winner of unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova or American Coco Vandeweghe on Thursday but insisted it does not matter who she faces.
Still, big sister misses kid sister.
She said: "I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, because they're very special".
Well, somebody from the over-30s club has to represent if the younger generation is to be kept at bay.
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