Ladies' Final Wimbledon


Ladies' Final

Sue Barker presents live coverage of the Wimbledon ladies' singles final between Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams.


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This is a national programme. Now we're going to take you over to

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Wimbledon... MUSIC PLAYS Wimbledon is a place

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that just drips with history. Even when you've played your part

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over the years, you know it's like laying a tile in a much bigger

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mosaic. I guess some just have a few more tiles.

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That is it, she has won it! What a lovely moment visits. Venus

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Williams, crowned supreme. Elite Shield came wings. Venus Williams is

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the champion again. -- Billie Jean King wins.

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This game toughens you up, physically, emotionally and

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mentally. When you have lifted the trophy

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before, you know what it takes to get it done on the biggest stage.

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She seems unstoppable. Coming up firing. Don't get me

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wrong, this is no foregone conclusion. We have all been young

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once. Fiercely ambitious, keen to accept the establishment and make

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our first mark on history. Nothing is stopping her now.

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Muguruza has won it. It will be quite a battle, and another tile in

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the mosaic of Wimbledon history. We are just waiting to find out who

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will lay it. Billie Jean King ? one

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of the legends of Wimbledon. And this weekend another two legends

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could achieve the incredible and become the oldest champions

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in the open era. Tomorrow, 35-year-old Roger Federer

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will play for an eighth men's singles title,

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and today 37-year-old Venus Williams goes for a sixth ladies' crown,

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nine years after her last. Standing in her way

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is Spain's Garbine Muguruza. The number 14 seed was a finalist

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in 2015 when she was beaten But Muguruza became a grand slam

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champion with victory in Paris last year, and she's played some

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brilliant tennis on her Williams first played

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here in 1997 and it's 17 years At times in the past fortnight she's

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looked back to her very best, not least in the semifinal victory

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over Britain's Jo Konta. It's Williams against Muguruza in

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the Wimbledon ladies' singles final. The players will walk

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onto centre court at 2pm, You probably saw that the roof is

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closed, the umbrellas are up so we are in the safety of the studio. It

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could be an indoor final, and I am delighted to say that Billie Jean

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King and Martina Navratilova are with me. They have won so many Grand

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Slams between them that I gave up counting at 95. Why?! My pen was

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running out. Martina has 58, I know that. 40 between us for Wimbledon.

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It was 50 years ago that I won the triple here. 50 years ago. It brings

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back memories. That opening brought back memories for me. I did not know

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that you guys were going to do that with the old footage. You were an

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inspiration, Billie Jean, to both of us. You know I had an Afro in 75.

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Not one media person noticed or asked me why. Because Black is

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beautiful was in that year. You remember Arthur Ashe won, he had his

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Afro. I kept waiting for somebody to ask me why I was wearing an Afro,

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that is why. I am big on inclusion and all that. I was trying to make a

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statement, even though I was a white girl. I thought you just had a bad

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hairdresser! And that was a bad day, right?! I did that on purpose, it

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was shocking, you have to per your hair. I said to Arthur, yours is

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natural, mine is not. Martina, you know all about final day. Every

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player says take one match at a time, this is more than a match.

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This is the one. These two players treat every much like a Wimbledon

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final. You have to do that mentally, physically and emotionally, treat

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them as if it is the one, so when you get there you have played 100

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matches like it before. Even if it is your first final. It is

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Muguruza's seconds. I realised it was the final this morning, and I

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thought about what it felt like for real. He was so excited, you can't

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wait to get out. It is a very different feel, the whole day, in

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the locker room. It is very quiet here near the end. In the beginning

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there are so many people and players and chaos, all of a sudden as the

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fortnight goes by it gets less and less. On the final day for me,

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personally, and I have listened to others, you think of when you are a

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child and you always wanted to win Wimbledon, it is always a goal, you

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realise the hard work you put in and it is a moment of truth. For me it

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used to be OK, this is it, I have always dreams about this. I will

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either execute properly or not. It gets down to execution. The top

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players know how each other play, they know exactly. Can I execute

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properly, stay focused, not let up for even two points, because those

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two points usually make the difference. The Konta match with

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Venus, 30-40, second serve, Venus served at 106 mph. Those are the

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moments of truth, and when you are in a match... I am sure that Venus

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is new in the semis that she could not let the first set go. Konta has

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a big serve, that is dangerous. So you really have is to make sure that

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you are bringing all of yourself, I mean all of yourself, and stay in

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the moment, stay in the now if you want to win. And it is can I do it

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when it counts? I mentioned the weekend of history, 35-year-old

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Roger tomorrow, 37-year-old Venus Williams. Incredible. Looking at

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older players that have won, Serena is the oldest champion that has won,

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35 years at the Australian Open, 34 when she was here. Grand Slam finals

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as well. Martina, you are one of the oldest, you played the final at 37.

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Was it different? About it was different from Venus because I knew

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it was my last year and I did not want to play any more. I would not

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have said that all made it public, even though you know. But you know

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you'll time is running out regardless. Venus might have two or

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three years, you don't see it going past 40. Tennis is too explosive,

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everybody is hitting harder. Everything takes longer, the

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recovery, the preparation. You maybe lose a little bit. It amplifies.

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Venus get away with it more than others because of her long reach.

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One step is still one step for her. It is when you had to take three or

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four that you lose speed, but she is covering the ball as well as

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anybody, maybe not as well as she used to but it is good enough. But

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it is the self-imposed pressure of knowing your time is running out,

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that is when the nerves kick in, a little or remote depending on how

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you play. We could have the rid the champions that we had in 2007. It is

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incredible how the game moves on -- we could have the repeated

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champions. It is the information available, and it is the money, they

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have unbelievable people around them. The support makes a huge

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difference, they know how to take care of themselves. And it helps

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financially, let's face it. My generation wanted to make a living.

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I see the living they are making and I think, gosh, I would play until...

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I played until I was 40 because it was so much fun and the money kept

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going up every year. What an opportunity. And I love the

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lifestyle, tennis people my friends. It is about relationships. What

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Martina said was interesting, when you won you were not sure... We were

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talking earlier in the year and you said I don't know if I have it any

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more and I said your 90% is better than everybody else's 100%, and it

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was. Sometimes you have to understand that when you are older

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you will not run as fast, but is your 90% is good or better than the

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others' 100%? Roger is running like a 27-year-old, to me. I cannot

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believe he is not in his 20s. His position and technique, he sees the

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ball early, his contact point, he keeps his head still. He watches the

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ball better than anybody have seen my life. Anybody who wants to make

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it in this board should watch him. As far as the day goes, you start

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with a practice session. Venus was out there today. Is it different for

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a final? It is the same routine, when you need to play, how long,

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went to finish so you can take a shower, recover, eat, recover again.

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The weather throws it a little bit. If you need to practice indoors or

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shorten its because it starts raining. But champions are just, as

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Billie Jean says, you adapt. You have your routine, if you need to

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adapt it, you do. Her mum is coming in as well. How many matches has she

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watched? She deserves a plaque, a trophy or a statue. I was speaking

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to her, because of the syndrome it has changed Venus and how she thinks

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about things. Her mother says, you know how stubborn she is, she has

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decided should... Decided to really work on her serve. I have never seen

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her serving this fluid. She has lots of believers, she needs to keep it

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in order. Her serve is the best I have seen it in years. Oracene, her

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mum, say she has been working very hard. Go fight we are in for a great

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final, great first strike tennis. Her backhand has been doing better

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than her forehand. They have been playing big, big tennis. Her

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forehand has not been as good, but it has been proved. Garbine will

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want backhand crosscourt rallies, Venus will once the other. This is

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her third Grand Slam final, it is not an issue? Venus has an issue,

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winning five times here. Being in nine finals, unbelievable. She keeps

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her eyes on the ball, the contact point, that is what you want. It is

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very interesting to see how it will play out. It will be very mental,

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very emotional. If you can get the five shot long rallies, Muguruza has

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a definite advantage. Venus likes to win the points within the first five

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shots, first ball, really. If I were Muguruza I would want to get her to

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five plus. We will talk more in a moment, but Tracy Austin has been

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looking at how this final might be decided.

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We have a 13-year-old five-time Wimbledon champion against a

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one-time Wimbledon finalist, who is 23-year-old. Both playing extremely

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well and both have only lost once said. -- we have a 37-year-old

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five-time Wimbledon champion. You need to find your strength and

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exploit your opponent's weakness. One of Williams' big strengths has

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been her return positioning. 85% of the time she is on the baseline or

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inside when she is returning serve, even more impressive it was 88%

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against Jo Konta in the semifinals. What that does, the visual is still

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intimidating, to have it returned to that close to the server. When Venus

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makes contact here it rubs her opponents of time to react to the

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second shot and pushes them on their heels. One of the biggest strengths

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for Venus Williams is her serve. She has been using the body serve

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extremely well during the Championships. In the semifinals

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against Jo Konta, she served 62% of her serves down the T. Very

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effective. Venus' least favourite serve is the one out wide on the

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outside. She likes to slice the ball which comes around the right side, a

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serve like that becomes too predictable and Muguruza can sit on

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that T serve and get ready for the return.

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One of the major strengths and Muguruza during the Championships is

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her ability to hit the ball early. 36% of the time it is on or inside

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the baseline when she is striking ground strokes, that is an

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outstanding number. She has hit the ball so early, rubbing her --

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robbing her opponent of time. Another acids and Muguruza is her

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ability to redirect the ball the line. -- another asset for Muguruza.

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With accuracy. Fabulous shot. We talk about Garbine's backhand being

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a major strength. A slight weakness would be her forehand. Chewing the

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tournament she has hit 27 winners on that side, but also 51 unforced

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errors. That might be something about Venus wants to talk about. Oh,

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my gosh! The players will have sat down with their coaches and support

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teams and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. And now it comes

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down to handling that nerves and execution. Good luck, ladies.

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I think the cameraman has just recovered now from that. It's

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interesting, the forehand errors from Muguruza can't afford that

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today, it's going to be one or two points that's going to really swing

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this match. You know Venus will do that. When you get older, Roger

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Federer is even using it. He never use today before. But it's useful,

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particularly on the grass, particularly against a tall player,

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it's hard to get out of the way. Same thing goes for Muguruza. She

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has to use the body serve against Venus. Nobody wants to move away

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from the ball, especially with such long arms. It's a tricky

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proposition. The key will be if Muguruza can hold the forehand

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together. She missed some easy shots with that. On the big points she

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cannot afford those mistakes. Just show the body serve of Venus.

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Because this is second serve at 106mph. That was brave on break

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point. I think her serve is better, it's improved in the last few

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months. I've been in shock and her forehand. This is the best I've ever

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seen her hit her forehand. The body serve, that's how high it's coming

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up and the reaction time that Jo had. Why didn't Konta hit body

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serves? You're playing against the top player, as soon as you know

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that, you hit body serve. Venus has been using that successfully now.

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She likes to slice her serves. She will go to the forehand more often.

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It's more natural. The body serve is effective against tall players and

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people that are standing inside the baseline. The only way to get them

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off being so close is to go right at them. It makes them back up. Again

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Konta never did that. I'm expecting that mewing pewing will do that

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today. Both -- Muguruza will do that today. Their positioning, both of

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them are inside the baseline. That's a huge difference. People don't

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realise when someone is behind the baseline how much more time you

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have. They're not going to give each other any time. They're going to

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keep - it's all math any way. You're going to keep shortening the time

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factor to get ready and prepared. You're going to feel rushed. You

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feel like someone is in their face, like boxing, when they're pounding,

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just keep pushing you back. You have to pay attention, positioning, you

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know, where am I winning? Where am I not winning? Usually the better the

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player, the better they hit down-the-line off crosscourt, change

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the direction of the ball. I look for those things in players as well,

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how well are they doing that on that given day. That's really important

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as well. It's going to be a great advert tore women's tennis. Muguruza

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the aggression in the semifinal, she didn't let her in at all. She was

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aggressive from the get go and she didn't let up. She didn't give her

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much to be scared of on that day. But so much inside the court, it was

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ridiculous. She's been at the net more during the tournament per point

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than Venus Williams. Venus has been coming to the net less and less with

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each match. Thinking, I can win from the baseline. I wish Venus would

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come in more. With that wing span. If they get into longer rallies

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she's going to have to pay attention to that. Muguruza's chances go up in

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long rallies. She will have to think, how can I shorten the rally?

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When I go to four hits of the ball that's when I usually win the point.

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The backhand down-the-line, that's Muguruza's go-to shot. Venus likes

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to guess crosscourt. If that backhand down-the-line pays off

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today, also another key to that match up. Venus won't be able to

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cheat that much because she will be beaten to the line. I think Garbine

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Muguruza is six foot and Venus is 6'1". They're pretty much the same.

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One is thicker than the other, but you know, Venus has lost weight.

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When we see them standing in, taking it inside the baseline, have you to

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have the most incredible eye and timing to do that. It's not easy.

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Kids seeing it at home, don't try it. It's not easy. It's a great idea

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if you can manage to get the ball back. Yeah the timing and reaction

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and the decision making and that's another reason why the body serve is

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so effective. Have you to decide whether you're hitting a forehand or

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backhand. When you hit off here, you go to the ball. When it's coming at

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you, that split second can be crucial. People are ducking because

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they make the wrong choice. Well, Muguruza is coached by Conchita

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Martinez. She is the only Spanish woman to be a winner of the title

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when she won in 1994 against oops - awkward -- Martina!

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UMPIRE: Game, set and match. How much do you enjoy being back at

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Wimbledon? Pretty much before Wimbledon, all of the press reminds

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us, you know, you won over there. They want an interview, so yeah

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those memories come back and to be here at Wimbledon, the first week,

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when nobody's here, to see how beautiful the grass is, how

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beautiful the flowers, everything is perfect. So it's very special. It's

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very special to come back. Your charge, Garbine Muguruza, is doing

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sow well. You must -- so well. You must be really proud? Yeah, yeah I'm

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very proud of her. She's having a great attitude here. She's,

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obviously, when you're playing great, it's easier to have the right

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attitude. I think she's got a great game, suited for grass. I mean grass

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is a difficult surface. I think she's very open about trying to be

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OK on grass this year. She's doing a great job. From what you know and

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your experience of Venus, are you surprised that she's still going how

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she is? You know, yeah, I mean you look at her age, and to play and

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move that well and to recover, because when you get older, recovery

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is a big part. But she's very powerful. Every time she plays on

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grass, she plays pretty much her best tennis. She's going to be a

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very difficult opponent regardless of her age. You know better than

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most, Conchita learned how to play on grass and how to win on grass.

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It's not ease why I to make that adjustment. I think clay is a great

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surface to learn tennis on. You have to learn how to construct points,

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how to think, Plan A doesn't work, Plan B, maybe even Plan C. So then

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you can adapt to grass easier than a grass court person can adapt to

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clay. Because you just have more weapons, more tools. She's making

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Garbine Muguruza come in more. I've watched her practising, she won't

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let her behind the baseline. Chnchts is really funny. Conchita was a

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baseliner. But she won against me at the net. Maybe the only time she was

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there. She knows when the right time to come in. She's been a good

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influence on Garbine. Before I felt like if things don't go her way she

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panics. You see the nerves on her. I haven't seen that at all. I think

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that's got to be Conchita's influence, giving her that

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confidence. Because she's been there. You don't just say, you need

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to do this. I know what it feels like. This is what it's going to be

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and how you deal with it. It's nice to see that another woman coach made

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such a difference for a player. Kudos to Conchita and Garbine that

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she can do it. It's days like today that the super coach comes into

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play. You still have to execute. You may know exactly what you're going

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to do, but in that moment, but that's what athletes live for. Those

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are the moments we live for. You just hope you have the guts and the

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determination and the execution that day. Some days are good days. Some

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days are bad days at the office. You don't know what's going to happen.

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But the best ones come through percentage wise more often than the

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others. That's the difference. Because everybody chokes. Champions

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just choke fewer times. Everyone gets tight. I don't care, if anybody

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says they never get tight, you know they're lying. Even Roger said he

:24:56.:25:00.

was nervous the other day. Of course, because it's exciting. How

:25:01.:25:05.

excited must he be and Venus and Garbine, it's a great for the night

:25:06.:25:10.

of tennis so far. I just hope that these finals end up being terrific

:25:11.:25:14.

finals. Sometimes they're not. It looks like this one - This could be

:25:15.:25:18.

unbelievable, the way it's matching up with all the stats, for the for

:25:19.:25:22.

the night. I'm looking forward to it. It could be really close. It's

:25:23.:25:26.

not fair to ask you who is going to win. What will be the deciding

:25:27.:25:31.

factor? I think the key is more for Muguruza to get off to a good start

:25:32.:25:35.

than for Venus. Venus has been here. It's more likely that nerves will

:25:36.:25:40.

come into play for Garbine. It's essential for her to win the first

:25:41.:25:44.

set more than Venus. If she wins the first set, she has a chance. If

:25:45.:25:47.

Venus wins the first set, she'll feel it and you can feel the

:25:48.:25:49.

momentum and the confidence growing in her within the match. First set

:25:50.:25:55.

is vital. They've proven in matches, it's like an 80% if you win first

:25:56.:25:59.

sets. Even three out of five sets, it's important. I think, I agree,

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also Venus can be a slow starter. I'm going to look for that as well.

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Billie Jean king, Martina Navratilova, thank you so much for

:26:09.:26:11.

joining me. It's been a pleasure. Really looking forward to the final.

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The tournament, So many stories have come out

:26:14.:26:17.

of this year's ladies singles. Here's Clare Balding

:26:18.:26:20.

with the best of them. when they published the account of

:26:21.:26:25.

Wimbledon 2017, the women's section will have the title "wide-open". In

:26:26.:26:29.

the absence of the defending champion, anyone could draft their

:26:30.:26:40.

name into the record books. Serena still sending subliminal message

:26:41.:26:43.

that's she will be back. There were romantic and dramatic stories.

:26:44.:26:51.

Two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova making her appearance after

:26:52.:26:54.

a knife attack in her home. She made it to the second round and then her

:26:55.:27:00.

chapter ended. Creating her own postnatal literature, Victoria

:27:01.:27:03.

Azarenka returned to the tour with baby Leo in toe. She eraised home

:27:04.:27:09.

grown Heather Watson in the third round, but went no further. Losing a

:27:10.:27:16.

tennis match was put firmly into contest when Bethany Matic Sands had

:27:17.:27:23.

a horrible fall. She faces major surgery on a raptured knee cap. The

:27:24.:27:27.

support has been amazing. I will get through this. Top of the charts,

:27:28.:27:31.

Angelique Kerber had the number one by her name. The top seed found the

:27:32.:27:35.

power and pace of Garbine Muguruza too much in the Fourth Round. She

:27:36.:27:40.

wasn't the only one. Muguruza is trying to rewrite Spanish history,

:27:41.:27:44.

so it makes sense to have the original author on her side.

:27:45.:27:50.

Drafting her way into her second Wimbledon final, Muguruza accounted

:27:51.:28:01.

for the Cinderella story of Rybarikova. She was making her first

:28:02.:28:08.

Grand Slam semifinal at the age of 28. Maggie made miracles happen. But

:28:09.:28:13.

when the clock struck one hour, her time on Centre Court was over. The

:28:14.:28:19.

women's game is used to the fairy-tale Princess, in Paris,

:28:20.:28:22.

Jelena Ostapenko had landed from nowhere to win her first tour title

:28:23.:28:26.

and first Grand Slam all in one go. She made a few waves here on the

:28:27.:28:32.

grass. But she was sunk by the serenity of Serena's big sister. By

:28:33.:28:38.

the Fourth Round, Venus was the only former champion left and in an

:28:39.:28:43.

age-deifying era, she was trying to become the oldest winner in modern

:28:44.:28:48.

times. Venus has read and probably written every book on the shelf. She

:28:49.:28:54.

has five titles in the bag but is almost out of print. The last of

:28:55.:28:57.

them was nine years ago. Could she turn back the pages? In the

:28:58.:29:05.

self-help section, we come to the concentration, the composure, the

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courage of Konta. A thriller with Donna Vekic ended in a hug of

:29:10.:29:14.

empathy. I know what it's like to be on the other side, she said. Konta

:29:15.:29:22.

got the better of another long read against second seed Simona Halep.

:29:23.:29:25.

Despite a stray scream on match point. For British fans, there has

:29:26.:29:32.

been plenty of thumbing through the history books. Thoughts have gone

:29:33.:29:39.

back to Jo Durie, the last women to reach the quarter finals in 1984.

:29:40.:29:43.

Then Virginia, the last British woman to make it to the semifinals

:29:44.:29:49.

in 1978. Would it be shades of Wade again? Staying in the present is

:29:50.:29:53.

Jo's greatest weapon. She doesn't think of yesterday or tomorrow, it's

:29:54.:29:58.

today that matters. She can focus on the moment. She can play the ball,

:29:59.:30:03.

not the occasion or the opponent. They say that 90% of tennis is

:30:04.:30:07.

played between the ears. COMMENTATOR: Venus Williams back in

:30:08.:30:11.

the Wimbledon final after so many years, for Konta it ends here.

:30:12.:30:14.

Though Venus made sure she didn't get to the final, in the mind, Jo is

:30:15.:30:19.

already the big winner at Wimbledon this year. And so we come to the

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last two women standing. An American classic versus a Spanish novella.

:30:26.:30:28.

A best seller is guaranteed. It is still drizzling at Wimbledon.

:30:29.:30:42.

Sue has made her way to Centre Court. The roof is still on. Players

:30:43.:30:48.

suspended around Wimbledon for the moment, including what is happening

:30:49.:30:53.

on the final of the men's wheelchair doubles on Court three, where Alfie

:30:54.:30:56.

Hewett and Gordon Reid are currently is set down.

:30:57.:31:01.

Here on the hill it is a sea of brollies, where I have been joined,

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near to the hill, by Annabel Croft and Sam Smith. Just reflecting on

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what has happened in the ladies singles tournament this year,

:31:11.:31:14.

leading up to this year's event seemed like all the chat was about

:31:15.:31:19.

who was not going to be here. Obviously Serena, the big name. Has

:31:20.:31:24.

her absence been positive or negative for the tournament? It has

:31:25.:31:29.

been different, hasn't it? Everyone was so worried, but the strength and

:31:30.:31:34.

depth in women's tennis, we are in a transformational period because so

:31:35.:31:37.

many matches have gone three sets, the top players know they can just

:31:38.:31:41.

waltz through. No mention of equal prize money, which has been great, a

:31:42.:31:50.

great advert for the women's game. What have you found? Serena is such

:31:51.:31:53.

a great icon of the sport but it is great to see her, we are not sure

:31:54.:31:56.

how long either Williams sister will play for. The fact she was 90 gave

:31:57.:32:01.

hope to other players in the draw. Looking at the French Open, who

:32:02.:32:05.

would have predicted that a 20-year-old who had never won a tour

:32:06.:32:09.

title would win her first Grand Slam title in Ostapenko. When she win

:32:10.:32:17.

that -- won about, the others in the drawer where saying any of us can

:32:18.:32:19.

win these championships, they feel they can beat the top names as well.

:32:20.:32:25.

The big British story has been Jo Konta Opal is two weeks, has she

:32:26.:32:31.

established herself as somebody who will get deep into the Wimbledon

:32:32.:32:34.

ladies singles tournament every year? Can we look forward to that?

:32:35.:32:41.

Have you seen her again? She has a great serve, first and second,

:32:42.:32:46.

excellent athlete, pretty much the hardest hitter in women's tennis

:32:47.:32:50.

apart from Ostapenko and mentally she is a top, top player. The match

:32:51.:32:55.

she played against Venus in the semifinals, if I know anything about

:32:56.:33:00.

Chow she will learn so much from it, I can't wait to see her in 12

:33:01.:33:06.

months. She will improve on the few little things that Venus exposed.

:33:07.:33:11.

The fans now believe we could possibly have a ladies champion. No

:33:12.:33:16.

question, she was phenomenal during the Championships. She needed a

:33:17.:33:20.

championships like this where she played some epic matches, three

:33:21.:33:24.

sets, roller-coaster rides of emotion which brought her closer to

:33:25.:33:28.

the public and Centre Court. What she might be working on with her

:33:29.:33:33.

team is to add more variety, maybe more of the slice backhand. One

:33:34.:33:37.

thing Venus did exceptionally well against which she needs add to her

:33:38.:33:45.

game was use the body serve. She used it so cleverly are much return

:33:46.:33:48.

of serve. Jo Konta has such a fantastic return of serve. We will

:33:49.:33:52.

see more variety from Jo when she returns next year. 23-year-old

:33:53.:33:58.

Garbine Muguruza against 37-year-old Venus Williams, who will come on top

:33:59.:34:03.

and what will win it for them? I don't think the final should be all

:34:04.:34:07.

about age, when Venus gets out there it is not about her physicality, we

:34:08.:34:12.

are not questioning if she is fit or strong enough, she is certainly fast

:34:13.:34:17.

enough and hitting better than ever. For me, she edges likely because it

:34:18.:34:24.

is a grass court and her game is a bitter... Better fit. Annabel? I

:34:25.:34:29.

think it is youth against experience. How Venus played against

:34:30.:34:33.

Jo Konta is what she will do against Garbine Muguruza. In Jo's first

:34:34.:34:41.

service game, Venus stood inside the baseline, struck the first return of

:34:42.:34:46.

serve, charge the net. It was so intimidating and it was almost like

:34:47.:34:50.

she had already won the battle psychologically. It is about first

:34:51.:34:55.

strike tennis but I agree that the grass will slightly favour her, and

:34:56.:34:56.

the course experience. And as you probably know,

:34:57.:34:58.

we're celebrating 90 years of Wimbledon coverage

:34:59.:35:06.

here on the BBC. So it's rather apt that in 1927

:35:07.:35:07.

we also had an American against a Spaniard in the final

:35:08.:35:10.

of the Wimbledon singles. Now we are going to take you over to

:35:11.:35:37.

Wimbledon for a running commentary on the all English championship.

:35:38.:35:41.

Here we are again in the Centre Court of Wimbledon. The right shots,

:35:42.:35:48.

perfectly played. The men's singles championship. He is standing to

:35:49.:35:52.

receive the service right inside baseline.

:35:53.:36:02.

Things have changed a little bit since then, but in some ways the

:36:03.:36:06.

history of the Championships has not changed. So much tradition at

:36:07.:36:11.

Wimbledon. My day gets better and better, I am joined by Chris Evert

:36:12.:36:15.

and Tracy Austin. Chris, you have to go to work on American TV, we only

:36:16.:36:21.

happy for a few minutes. Talk about the Wimbledon final, the occasion

:36:22.:36:25.

and what it means. The Gulf Festival, you are a nervous wreck.

:36:26.:36:30.

It is the one tournament that every young player dreams about, playing

:36:31.:36:34.

in a Wimbledon final. I did when I was younger. The players are feeling

:36:35.:36:43.

the butterflies, they want to get out there, warm up, run around and

:36:44.:36:46.

try to take care of the nerds. All the focus is on you, especially the

:36:47.:36:51.

Centre Court. There is such a reference and respect when you walk

:36:52.:36:55.

out there. The tennis fans here are so lovely and educated and they know

:36:56.:37:01.

protocol, when to club, where not a club, there is never any booing,

:37:02.:37:06.

Tracy, like we have heard in some other places, it is special.

:37:07.:37:11.

This match looks really good on paper. Hardly anything between them.

:37:12.:37:17.

They both have the same styles, in your face, they both play

:37:18.:37:23.

aggressive, they both have won more points in the first zero to four

:37:24.:37:27.

shots, which is interesting. They are not great in the long rallies,

:37:28.:37:33.

they want to make a dent in the first four shots. Venus has played

:37:34.:37:37.

unbelievable. I have never seen her play so well. Moving well, getting

:37:38.:37:41.

big serves in. Muguruza is the surprise to me. We saw her fighting

:37:42.:37:46.

with her coach, crying on the court, she has not had the results but she

:37:47.:37:51.

has turned to run. She has always had the power and the weapons, most

:37:52.:38:01.

of us saw that when she got to the final couple of years ago, we said

:38:02.:38:04.

she would be number one soon. She won the French Open last year, she

:38:05.:38:07.

has not been consistent enough. She has the power, but you need the

:38:08.:38:09.

consistency. May be having Conchita Martinez coming has given her more

:38:10.:38:13.

belief, somebody who has been here before, in her corner. Conchita has

:38:14.:38:20.

a way, we know her, of making you feel really relaxed and I think they

:38:21.:38:25.

are having fun. Muguruza does not need intensity from somebody else,

:38:26.:38:29.

if anything she needs somebody to relax and calm her down, Conchita

:38:30.:38:34.

has been great. Venus has been serving so well, back to her best?

:38:35.:38:41.

She is. It is incredible that she is serving so big, at almost 37 years

:38:42.:38:46.

old, and so accurate. She has used the body serve, we talked about that

:38:47.:38:51.

prior to this match. So many players heads to the corners, Venus is used

:38:52.:38:57.

to her serve so powerfully against Konta. Sometimes her second serve...

:38:58.:39:02.

She is throwing the ball high and really reaching, but I think the

:39:03.:39:06.

body serve win her the match against Konta. Don't be surprised if we see

:39:07.:39:12.

it. Muguruza is a big lady and is strong but you might have trouble

:39:13.:39:16.

getting out of the way of the ball, I think the body serve is a good

:39:17.:39:22.

tactic. Serena is nuttier than Venus has taken on. What is the

:39:23.:39:29.

significance in American sport for the Williams family and Venus? They

:39:30.:39:33.

have dominated, carried the torch. Whenever we think a young player

:39:34.:39:37.

will come up, like Ostapenko at the French Open or Muguruza two years

:39:38.:39:42.

ago, Venus Williams surprises us. They are in their middle to late

:39:43.:39:47.

30s. I think it will encourage athletes to prolong their career,

:39:48.:39:52.

encourage and motivate them to play longer and longer. You don't have to

:39:53.:39:58.

retire at 30, that was the age. Now they are playing well into their

:39:59.:40:03.

30s, I think it is wonderful. People are taking better care of their

:40:04.:40:06.

bodies now and able to afford to have a train and a physio, Lauren,

:40:07.:40:12.

so every day you were getting the recovery process. -- able to afford

:40:13.:40:17.

to have a trainer and a physio come along. With so much money Macron the

:40:18.:40:21.

rights they want to extend their career. Roger does not need to play

:40:22.:40:26.

for money, but he has really taken care of his body with managing his

:40:27.:40:32.

schedule, this is only Venus' nines tournament this year, she has been

:40:33.:40:36.

smarter about scheduling. With everything that she has gone

:40:37.:40:42.

through, the autoimmune disorder... Her sister was murdered ten years

:40:43.:40:48.

ago, her parents have split up. The adversity this young woman has gone

:40:49.:40:53.

through. The real championship qualities are coming out. That is

:40:54.:40:57.

perseverance. And compartmentalised thing. -- compartmentalised thing.

:40:58.:41:05.

Out on the court has been her safe haven. The blood and even on June

:41:06.:41:10.

nine she was an eight car accident, the man in the other car passed

:41:11.:41:15.

away. She has been able to block that out. A lot has been going on.

:41:16.:41:22.

And she has the aura of a champion, Venus. She looks like a champion.

:41:23.:41:27.

Yes, she is very stately and graceful. She has been on the tour

:41:28.:41:35.

for 23 years, when it is four on the third set she is like, I have been

:41:36.:41:39.

there so many times and is comfortable with the pressure, it is

:41:40.:41:44.

not new to her and it is new to other players, the experience gives

:41:45.:41:48.

her the advantage. Is it unfair to Ascari you see this going? Very, you

:41:49.:41:54.

are always unfair to me. If they both have their eight games I would

:41:55.:41:59.

give it to Venus. The way that Venus played against Konta was very

:42:00.:42:04.

impressive, and Ostapenko -- if they both have their A games. This is a

:42:05.:42:10.

copout, but if Venus is a little off with her serve with nerves or

:42:11.:42:14.

whatever, Muguruza is very capable of winning Wimbledon. How much value

:42:15.:42:19.

do you put on Venus' experience? The girl she has the edge in experience,

:42:20.:42:25.

but Muguruza is fearless. If she plays fearless, bold, no pressure

:42:26.:42:29.

tennis like Ostapenko at the French Open, there is experience and there

:42:30.:42:34.

is the fearless factor also. And she has won a slam. Chris Evert, you are

:42:35.:42:40.

needed for American television, but thank you for joining us.

:42:41.:42:50.

Let's hear from Garbine Muguruza, she was a finalist here in 2015 and

:42:51.:43:03.

she has been speaking to Clare Serena Williams, match point. She

:43:04.:43:10.

has done it. Serena Williams, Wimbledon champion for the sixth

:43:11.:43:14.

time. I love to play in big courts, a

:43:15.:43:19.

Grand Slam finals for me is a dream come true. Garbine, she played so

:43:20.:43:25.

well. Don't be sad, you will be holding this trophy very, very soon,

:43:26.:43:29.

believe me. What are the moments that you

:43:30.:43:33.

remember from the final against Serena? Everything went very

:43:34.:43:38.

quickly. I didn't realise it. I was in the trophy ceremony.

:43:39.:43:44.

For me, it is incredible to be in another final. It means a lot at a

:43:45.:43:49.

Grand Slam. I lost one or two years ago, I look forward to try to change

:43:50.:43:53.

that. I will take my time and really breathe out there and just enjoy,

:43:54.:44:00.

because it is very fast. A fabulous shot. Muguruza has won it. Garbine

:44:01.:44:06.

Muguruza is into her second Wimbledon semifinal.

:44:07.:44:09.

Would you give your semifinal ten out of ten? I always think I can

:44:10.:44:15.

perform better. You never know how it will go at semifinal. I am not

:44:16.:44:20.

thinking about the result, I am thinking keep playing like this

:44:21.:44:23.

until you shake the hand and the match is over, you never know if the

:44:24.:44:26.

other one can come back and put you in trouble.

:44:27.:44:32.

She is through to the final again. What is it like to be in a Wimbledon

:44:33.:44:37.

final again for you right now? About all the great champions have won

:44:38.:44:42.

this tournament, I stare at the wall where the previous winners are, I

:44:43.:44:46.

would like to see my name there. You reach the last round to you feel

:44:47.:44:49.

like what you are doing is right, it is like a big payoff and you feel

:44:50.:44:51.

good with yourself. Venus and the sort of game she has

:44:52.:45:02.

an the presence she has on court, is that something that you can just

:45:03.:45:06.

handle? I played against her a lot of times. Both of us, it feels like

:45:07.:45:10.

a very important match because it's a final. We all know Venus. She's an

:45:11.:45:15.

historic player. But it's 50/50 the chances. I'm not thinking to change

:45:16.:45:20.

a lot of things. My game is my game. I think it's works well. So, yeah,

:45:21.:45:24.

that's my plan. Do you feel, because it seems that the crowd here are

:45:25.:45:28.

very much taking you to their hearts? I don't know, for me, this

:45:29.:45:34.

tournament will be always special since I kind of breakthrough in the

:45:35.:45:38.

final a few years ago. I feel a lot of support, even though I was

:45:39.:45:41.

playing Serena, one of the best players. Hopefully they can cheer

:45:42.:45:50.

for me. We're hearing from Garbine, we

:45:51.:45:54.

wondered two years ago how she would deal with her first Grand Slam

:45:55.:45:57.

final. We found out a lot about her that day. She wasn't demolished bier

:45:58.:46:03.

is evenament She wasn't -- Serena. She wasn't overwhelmed. Serena

:46:04.:46:07.

flipped a switch and clicked it up another notch. You know, it is

:46:08.:46:12.

nervewracking. Everyone remembers their first Grand Slam final and

:46:13.:46:15.

playing someone that is so good and has such a record as Serena. She

:46:16.:46:20.

certainly took her game toer is evenament This was amazing -- to

:46:21.:46:26.

Serena. This is amazing because Garbine had barely won matches on

:46:27.:46:31.

grass. She won against four top-20 players to get to the final. That's

:46:32.:46:35.

when she realised I can play on this surface. My game matches up really

:46:36.:46:40.

well to this surface. That's when right there, everybody was saying

:46:41.:46:43.

wow, this is going to be a world number one in the future. She has

:46:44.:46:50.

such big weapons. She's tall, 6 foot tall. She can finish points off at

:46:51.:46:54.

the net. Seems to be a hard worker. She moves so well for someone so

:46:55.:47:00.

large as well. Also, what she proved there, what a great backhand she has

:47:01.:47:03.

and how many points she's going to win on this and what a great shot

:47:04.:47:07.

it's going to be in years to come. Yes, her backhand is absolutely

:47:08.:47:12.

incredible. This was the semifinals. Throughout the tournament, 36% of

:47:13.:47:15.

the shots she's hitting inside the baseline. That's more than a third

:47:16.:47:21.

of her shots, being that aggressive. It just really takes your opponent

:47:22.:47:24.

out of the points, because they don't have as much time. She's more

:47:25.:47:29.

than willing to come to the net, more than 100 times. She really

:47:30.:47:32.

steps in and gives that backhand a wallop. She has a great backhand

:47:33.:47:36.

crosscourt that sets up the Bertie Aherned down-the-line. It's -- the

:47:37.:47:41.

backhand down-the-line. It's tough to defend against. It's tough to do,

:47:42.:47:44.

to have the timing to do that. When her game is on, she can beat anyone.

:47:45.:47:48.

But there is a tendency, sometimes it can go off, as we've seen before.

:47:49.:47:52.

It can be erratic. That's been the problem. Believe it or not, Garbine

:47:53.:47:57.

Muguruza, 23 years old, has only won three titles in her entire career.

:47:58.:48:01.

One of those was a Major. She seems to be either off or on. Certainly at

:48:02.:48:05.

this Wimbledon, she's been on, but we've seen in the past, that's been

:48:06.:48:09.

the trouble. Since the French Open last year that she won, she hasn't

:48:10.:48:13.

been to another final, at any event, not a major, small event, until this

:48:14.:48:16.

Wimbledon, when everything is starting to click, because she has

:48:17.:48:19.

the power, but without the consistency the power is useless.

:48:20.:48:23.

You make too many unforced errors. Maybe she just believes more now. I

:48:24.:48:26.

think it was the pressure and expectation, a bit like Jo Konta,

:48:27.:48:31.

being the next Spanish superstar as such. She dipped after the final at

:48:32.:48:34.

Wimbledon. She dipped after winning the final at the French. That's not

:48:35.:48:38.

easy to deal with. Absolutely. That's a really good point. After

:48:39.:48:43.

she lost in the French Open in the Fourth Round, she was very tearful.

:48:44.:48:48.

Seemed like she was almost liberated because the pressure was off,

:48:49.:48:51.

defending the French Open coming up and the expectations. So people

:48:52.:48:54.

weren't talking about her quite as much. A little more under the radar

:48:55.:49:00.

coming into this Wimbledon. Of course, Conchita Martinez, someone

:49:01.:49:04.

new in her camp, who has won here before in 1994, knows how to play on

:49:05.:49:08.

grass is more mellow than her normal coach. It seems like everything is a

:49:09.:49:14.

perfect storm and has come together beautifully. It seemed to come

:49:15.:49:17.

together in the Fourth Round against Angelique Kerber, because this felt

:49:18.:49:21.

like a make or break match, for both of them, whoever was going to come

:49:22.:49:24.

through. Yes, Angelique Kerber was going to lose her number one ranking

:49:25.:49:28.

if she lost this match. This was so hotly contested. It went to a tight

:49:29.:49:33.

three setter. It was back-and-forth, back-and-forth. The quality of the

:49:34.:49:37.

tennis, it took my breath away. It was. The way that Muguruza was a bit

:49:38.:49:42.

more aggressive. She had more fire power. She was able to finish points

:49:43.:49:47.

off at the net. Funny enough, Kerber said after she was still happy,

:49:48.:49:50.

after this loss because that's the best tennis she had played in a

:49:51.:49:54.

while. She's had a difficult year. She subpar year by number one

:49:55.:49:59.

standards. I think as you say, this was the match, the tipping point for

:50:00.:50:02.

Muguruza, because since then, she's played so much better. She's so much

:50:03.:50:06.

more confident out on court. Interesting, just watching that, I

:50:07.:50:09.

was seeing how far Kerber was running from side to side. I just

:50:10.:50:13.

wonder whether Venus might just maybe concentrate a bit - she won't

:50:14.:50:18.

want to run too wide. No, Venus does not want long points. That's the

:50:19.:50:22.

key. As soon as she walks into the All England Club, she instinctively

:50:23.:50:27.

becomes more aggressive. Her game is tailor made to this surface, with

:50:28.:50:31.

the flat serve. But she can slice around it, which she predominantly

:50:32.:50:34.

does. The slice holds true through the grass and stays down low. Venus

:50:35.:50:38.

likes to take that first strike, the first hit and go for it. That's

:50:39.:50:41.

actually what Konta said afterwards in her press conference. My gosh,

:50:42.:50:46.

that first ball was coming at me so hard and so deep, so I felt like I

:50:47.:50:50.

needed to neutralise all the time. That's the kind of mind set that

:50:51.:50:53.

Venus needs to continue to have today. We know how they need to

:50:54.:50:58.

play. They both need to be ultra-aggressive. They need to serve

:50:59.:51:01.

well. Surprisingly, both are winning more than 50% of their second

:51:02.:51:05.

serves. Venus' second serve can be particularly attackable. She needs

:51:06.:51:08.

to keep that number up. It's all about execution. There's no secrets

:51:09.:51:14.

out here today. It's maybe picking on Muguruza's forehand, Venus'

:51:15.:51:16.

forehand can be more Brittle as well. It's all about handling the

:51:17.:51:19.

situation and this court right here is where Venus has had her most

:51:20.:51:24.

success in her career. BBC celebrating 90 years of covering of

:51:25.:51:27.

championships, one of the best innovations has been this room. It

:51:28.:51:31.

is raining outside. But the good news is that the roof is closed. The

:51:32.:51:36.

referee's office are planning to keep the roof closed. It means that

:51:37.:51:40.

we will start on time at 2pm. Less than ten minutes. There's already a

:51:41.:51:43.

buzz around here. There is a buzz. This is a big match. Sometimes you

:51:44.:51:47.

come into a final and you think, oh, someone is the clear favourite.

:51:48.:51:51.

There's a real underdog here. I'd say it's 50/50. Because of the

:51:52.:51:55.

experience of Venus, you've got to remember she's 37. If this goes deep

:51:56.:52:01.

into a third, will she get a little more fatigued than Muguruza?

:52:02.:52:04.

Muguruza, yes, she won that major last year and she's been to the

:52:05.:52:06.

finals at Wimbledon, that will help an awful lot. But is it enough? Does

:52:07.:52:11.

Venus have that extra level to go to, particularly here on this

:52:12.:52:14.

surface? Indeed. Let's hear from her, Venus is looking for her sixth

:52:15.:52:19.

Wimbledon title. Here she is in her own words. Yeah, I've played a lot

:52:20.:52:29.

of finals here. I couldn't have asked for more. I love the big stage

:52:30.:52:37.

and it's about dealing with it. I think you grow and you learn. I

:52:38.:52:41.

think you become more aware of what's going on around you. So it's

:52:42.:52:46.

different. But it's still a passion. It still drives me.

:52:47.:52:55.

COMMENTATOR: Williams first time ever here at Wimbledon.

:52:56.:53:06.

I'm sure I said that to make myself feel better. I was probably really

:53:07.:53:13.

upset about losing. But thankfully those words rang true. Maybe there

:53:14.:53:20.

was some wisdom in my 16-year-old body. Here we are, 20 years later

:53:21.:53:25.

and still a good time. The names and the faces have changed, but the

:53:26.:53:30.

whole tournament is definitely very much the same. I think there's a lot

:53:31.:53:38.

of awesome things about that. COMMENTATOR: Venus Williams back in

:53:39.:53:40.

the Wimbledon final after so many years. I don't really think about my

:53:41.:53:46.

age. I know I have a lot to give still.

:53:47.:53:51.

COMMENTATOR: Williams in full flight. I don't feel any particular

:53:52.:53:55.

age. So, you know, it's not a factor.

:53:56.:53:59.

COMMENTATOR: On the court she seems unstoppable. At this point in time,

:54:00.:54:04.

I definitely am focussed on what I can achieved. I'm definitely a glass

:54:05.:54:08.

half full kind of person. COMMENTATOR: That's great racquet

:54:09.:54:12.

work from Williams. There's only a handful of players each year who can

:54:13.:54:16.

push through and deal with all the pressure of playing your best

:54:17.:54:19.

against the best players. COMMENTATOR: She's through to the

:54:20.:54:28.

final again. The last time she played Serena. I will have to ask

:54:29.:54:34.

for pointers. Serena is always in my corner. Usually she's in these

:54:35.:54:39.

finals. I'm trying my best to represent Williams as best as I can.

:54:40.:54:42.

I have to sleep at night and look at myself in the mirror, and I couldn't

:54:43.:54:47.

do that if I just left. There will come a day when I can and then I'll

:54:48.:54:52.

leave, but it's not yet. I have another opportunity and I have to do

:54:53.:54:55.

my best with it. Other people fall in love with other parts of their

:54:56.:54:59.

life, but I'm still in love with this part of my life. I don't want

:55:00.:55:04.

that part to end, so, it's not over till it's over. We have just been

:55:05.:55:12.

joined by John McEnroe. Jonny Mac is here! What timing. Did you dodge the

:55:13.:55:20.

rain? Not totally. But I forgot how much louder it is when the roof is

:55:21.:55:24.

closed. So it's exciting. There's going to be a lot of energy for

:55:25.:55:27.

this. I mean there would have been a lot any way, but it feels like -

:55:28.:55:32.

There's an echo. It's very cool. It will be the first ladies final ever

:55:33.:55:35.

under the roof. It's difficult to see who it might favour. I don't

:55:36.:55:38.

think it's going to favour either. I think that we could pick any

:55:39.:55:43.

scenario, whether it was outdoors, indoors, hot, not that hot, windy

:55:44.:55:46.

and you could make arguments for both players. That's why this final

:55:47.:55:53.

is so particularly interesting. The upside is so tremendous for either

:55:54.:55:57.

one of them. You have two Americans here, Sue so... We're thinking that

:55:58.:56:03.

the biggest boost or shot in the arm for the sport, unquestionably

:56:04.:56:07.

Garbine is only 23, I believe, and Venus is going to be 38 soon. I

:56:08.:56:10.

think it would be a heck of a story if she won. Heck of a story for all

:56:11.:56:17.

of sport. Absolutely. 37, just to be interested, John, motivated for 20

:56:18.:56:20.

years. More than that. I was interested, I just couldn't walk,

:56:21.:56:25.

that's all! I'd still be interested. She is incredible, Venus. As you

:56:26.:56:28.

say, she's got it all. She doesn't need to be out here. Just her love

:56:29.:56:32.

and passion for the game shines through. Absolutely. It is the

:56:33.:56:34.

passion. It's something that she loves. You know, when you look at

:56:35.:56:39.

it, she's probably never going to be as good as anything else in her

:56:40.:56:42.

life, this good at something. She can still play at this level. She's

:56:43.:56:46.

going to be back in the top five in the world. That's just amazing. If

:56:47.:56:50.

Venus does win today, she'll be the oldest Grand Slam champion in the

:56:51.:56:55.

open era on the women's side. It's a phenomenal sports story, after all

:56:56.:56:58.

she's been through and then throw the Serena story in there, winning

:56:59.:57:02.

the Australian Open, when she was pregnant, beating Venus in the

:57:03.:57:06.

finals, you could make a movie about that. I think they will make one.

:57:07.:57:12.

What we used to criticise her for, some did, you know, she was thinking

:57:13.:57:16.

too much about other things. Whether it was the clothing line or her

:57:17.:57:22.

interests in other endeavours. Now all of a sudden, it's turned out

:57:23.:57:26.

that's a blessing and a shot in the arm for her. It took her mind off it

:57:27.:57:31.

for a while. I think that as she got away from it a little bit, she

:57:32.:57:35.

realised how much she did love it. And I think the biggest reason, if

:57:36.:57:41.

you had a point to one, is Venus is in the finals today and Roger

:57:42.:57:44.

tomorrow is how much they absolutely love to play this game. They're able

:57:45.:57:49.

to shrug off the losses and move forward and learn from them. That is

:57:50.:57:53.

exceptionally hard to do. I can tell you from experience, as you get

:57:54.:57:56.

older. I stopped learning from my losses at about 26. I'm not kidding.

:57:57.:58:00.

I wish I could have learned something. Sadly, it didn't happen.

:58:01.:58:05.

I tell you, it's a real buzz. You heard that great applause for the

:58:06.:58:08.

ball boys and girls and the umpires and linesmen. The stage is set. This

:58:09.:58:12.

is a stage that has graced so many great champions over the years.

:58:13.:58:26.

I grew up dreaming about Wimbledon all my life. Wimbledon is the Golden

:58:27.:58:36.

Globe you are aiming for. Immediately fell in love with it. I

:58:37.:58:40.

thought, this is just heaven. The whole tournament is very much the

:58:41.:58:44.

same as a lot of awesome things about that. This tournament will be

:58:45.:58:49.

always special. I feel a lot of support. I love the big stage. You

:58:50.:58:56.

walk out on Centre Court, there's such a hush, before everybody

:58:57.:58:59.

explodes. CHEERING

:59:00.:59:06.

It's quite a fairy-tale. COMMENTATOR: In a class of her own.

:59:07.:59:10.

I'm still in love with this part of my life. I don't want that part to

:59:11.:59:14.

end. Hopefully I can win the Wimbledon trophy.

:59:15.:59:18.

Who will be lifting that beautiful trophy at the end of the afternoon?

:59:19.:59:22.

I think the players here, I was talking to Andy Murray, he said that

:59:23.:59:25.

walk is not easy. You just want to get out there. You doubt yourself

:59:26.:59:29.

when you're walking, you want to get out there and get on with it. Yeah

:59:30.:59:32.

and apparently it's a longer walk now. So there's more time to think

:59:33.:59:35.

about it. This is the moment, any Grand Slam, but I think Wimbledon in

:59:36.:59:40.

particular, most people as kids dream about playing a Wimbledon

:59:41.:59:43.

final. They hit against the back board thinking they are playing in

:59:44.:59:46.

the Wimbledon final. It's this moment here, you're trying not to

:59:47.:59:49.

get overwhelmed by the situation. You're trying to stay clear with

:59:50.:59:52.

your strategy. Of course, Venus has done this so often. I like the

:59:53.:59:56.

longer walk. We had that at the US Open. You felt a little bit like

:59:57.:00:01.

gladiators walking into the Colosseum. That was different

:00:02.:00:04.

though, you walk through the fans. I love that. Me too. This is great

:00:05.:00:08.

too. You get a little more chance to strut your stuff. We are ready for

:00:09.:00:11.

this ladies final. Here they come. Seeing Billie Jean King, Martina

:00:12.:00:51.

Navratilova up there, looking down on the final. They know what it is

:00:52.:00:55.

like. Garbine before said when she is going on Centre Court I don't

:00:56.:00:59.

want to look at the trophies or the roll of honour, I want to treat it

:01:00.:01:03.

as just another match. Easier said than done. It is obviously personal

:01:04.:01:09.

preference but, to me, I would not treat it like any other match. How

:01:10.:01:16.

often too many players get out there? Zero. I would say VH1. It

:01:17.:01:24.

will be tight and it will be tough. But it is an absolutely awesome

:01:25.:01:28.

feeling, I would want to enjoy it and Maku was watching. She has had

:01:29.:01:34.

nerves before? Good god yes, that is probably why she wants to stay so

:01:35.:01:42.

focused. She only looks at her support box, otherwise down at the

:01:43.:01:47.

court, down at her strings. John, you did a really good job of getting

:01:48.:01:52.

the crowd involved. Not voluntarily, half of the time! But when you think

:01:53.:02:02.

of somebody like Konta, it becomes too Murch and you get out of your

:02:03.:02:08.

zone. Venus is making her way to join Garbine and the tournament

:02:09.:02:12.

referee. Each year for the finals the charitable arm, the Wimbledon

:02:13.:02:17.

Foundation, chooses a charity to perform the pre-match coin toss. It

:02:18.:02:23.

is the turn of BBC Children in Need, which supports disadvantaged

:02:24.:02:27.

children of Dune people across the UK. Representing BBC Children in

:02:28.:02:30.

Need is 12-year-old Rebecca Jones who lost her father in 2016,

:02:31.:02:36.

together with her sister Katie they have been supported by services are

:02:37.:02:42.

run by The Brain Tumour Charity and Princess Alice Hospice, supported by

:02:43.:02:45.

Children in Need. I spoke to Rebecca earlier, she was so excited. I asked

:02:46.:02:52.

if she had practised her coin toss and she said yes. We will see, a

:02:53.:02:57.

huge moment for Rebecca. Look out all these players are. I was just

:02:58.:03:03.

thinking the same. I think Venus is slightly taller than Roger Federer.

:03:04.:03:09.

She is six foot one, and her hair makes her book about six foot three.

:03:10.:03:15.

Garbine is around six foot or close to, this is the equivalent of the

:03:16.:03:19.

giants we saw yesterday in the men's game. They are getting taller and

:03:20.:03:23.

can move quick, that is the tough part. Spot-on, John. In my mind,

:03:24.:03:29.

Venus was the first player this to all who was our jail. We had players

:03:30.:03:35.

in our generation that were tall, they had that change, but they were

:03:36.:03:38.

not able to change direction on a dime like Venus -- the first player

:03:39.:03:44.

this tall who was agile. We have been talking about how they take the

:03:45.:03:48.

ball so early, there will be incredibly fast rallies today. No

:03:49.:03:54.

question. I have been impressed with Muguruza that she has adapted her

:03:55.:04:01.

game enough. I am not sure if that is Conchita Martinez. I know Sam has

:04:02.:04:05.

done a good job but is not here for personal reasons. She has not come

:04:06.:04:11.

out guns blazing on everything she does. She has attacked way more than

:04:12.:04:17.

I have seen her and become pretty good at volleying. Clearly both of

:04:18.:04:20.

these ladies will take the short ball went given the opportunity.

:04:21.:04:24.

That is why you think the first serve percentage will be so

:04:25.:04:29.

important, but I think she has become a more consistent player and

:04:30.:04:33.

more confident and better because she has added more variety. Garbine

:04:34.:04:39.

Muguruza, we will see some of her career statistics, her forehand has

:04:40.:04:44.

been up and down, 51 unforced errors so far. Maybe Venus will target bad?

:04:45.:04:50.

I think so, I think you target that site because it is not as solid. She

:04:51.:04:55.

will make more errors on that side, and also because the backhanded such

:04:56.:04:59.

a weapon. You want anything you might be able to break down when

:05:00.:05:07.

your opponent shows nerves. The backhanded Muguruza is so

:05:08.:05:12.

technically sound. -- the backhand of Muguruza. When she gets the ball

:05:13.:05:16.

down the middle of the court, she is a rare player who will run around a

:05:17.:05:21.

forehand to strike a backhand. That is how much she prefers it. Isn't

:05:22.:05:26.

Venus the same type of player. Muguruza's backhand down the line is

:05:27.:05:32.

critical. But it could also be with Venus. They are both more consistent

:05:33.:05:37.

on their backhand and go bigger on the forehand. That is the style of

:05:38.:05:41.

tennis you see in general in the women's and men's side these days.

:05:42.:05:47.

One of the reasons I think Venus is back-up in the top ten, 11 now but

:05:48.:05:51.

back in the top ten as of last year, is that her forehand is more solid.

:05:52.:05:57.

For a few years, her contact point where she strikes the ball was not

:05:58.:06:02.

as accurate as before. Only dropping one said, she has really cruised

:06:03.:06:11.

through. Yes. Unexpectedly easy. The match with cellar Angelique Kerber

:06:12.:06:18.

was huge for her for obvious reasons, mainly because kerb is

:06:19.:06:21.

trying to get the respect that she still deserves to be number one, she

:06:22.:06:26.

got out of jail in the previous round. Shelby Rogers had had beaten.

:06:27.:06:32.

So you think, Kerber, she was down much point in Australia, won the

:06:33.:06:38.

Open and won the finals here. So that was a point for Muguruza to

:06:39.:06:42.

establish itself as among the top couple of women in the world. The

:06:43.:06:47.

players Venus has beaten along the way, they are mostly heavy hitters,

:06:48.:06:52.

the same style of play she will face against Muguruza. Muguruza, she beat

:06:53.:06:59.

Rybarikova in the semifinals. I think Venus has a slight advantage

:07:00.:07:05.

in that area. Osaka hits the heck out of the ball, Ostapenko, who won

:07:06.:07:11.

the French Open. And Hunter hit so hard. There are two young ladies

:07:12.:07:17.

here who were not even born yet when Venus played her first Wimbledon, an

:07:18.:07:23.

incredible story. Looking at the statistics, the Williams family,

:07:24.:07:26.

Venus and Serena, this would be the 13th title they have won in 18 years

:07:27.:07:31.

on this court. An incredible achievement. Amazing. I cannot

:07:32.:07:38.

believe a sister combination from where they started from have

:07:39.:07:43.

dominated the sport, particularly Serena. Venus is the best thing that

:07:44.:07:47.

ever happened to Serena, as I have said. The support system she has

:07:48.:07:53.

had. It is apropos that when she is nuttier than a Venus, I believe she

:07:54.:07:59.

will win this. -- it is apropos that when she is not here. I believe

:08:00.:08:03.

Venus will win this for the six time. They are both playing so well,

:08:04.:08:09.

it feels like a great advert for women's tennis. I will go with Venus

:08:10.:08:15.

for experience, she looks ready. I would say 51/49 for Venus. It is so

:08:16.:08:23.

tough to pick. Muguruza will not be overawed, she played well in her

:08:24.:08:29.

first final and won the French Open. She is better than she was, no

:08:30.:08:36.

question. That is why it is a tough call, but I think experience will be

:08:37.:08:41.

to youth in this match. There are other teams, they are in place, I'd

:08:42.:08:45.

better let you guys go in place. Tracy and John are on their way to

:08:46.:08:50.

the commentary box to join Andrew Cotter for the ladies final. ANDREW

:08:51.:09:04.

COTTER: the roof will remain closed. Sometimes that helps the atmosphere.

:09:05.:09:09.

I know the purists will say it is an outdoor tournament and they do

:09:10.:09:13.

everything they can to have it open, but the echoing sounds of the ladies

:09:14.:09:20.

final and a Centre Court today. -- under the roof of Centre Court.

:09:21.:09:24.

Muguruza will be helped by her match a couple of years ago against Serena

:09:25.:09:31.

Williams. All of those watching in Centre Court, the greats of tennis

:09:32.:09:37.

and beyond. Venus Williams maintains this outwardly placid air, but she

:09:38.:09:42.

will be churning inside because it has been a long time since she has

:09:43.:09:48.

been in this position at Wimbledon. Her last finals in 2009, her last

:09:49.:09:51.

victory in 2008. Again, just letting Muguruza await

:09:52.:10:14.

for a final few nervous moments. She has her thigh heavily strapped.

:10:15.:10:19.

Centre Court welcomes Venus Williams out again.

:10:20.:10:32.

Chris and John McEnroe are inside. We are ready. The ladies singles

:10:33.:10:36.

final. Chris, you were saying that is

:10:37.:12:00.

Muguruza has one slight weakness it is a few loose forehands in this

:12:01.:12:02.

championship? But, again, she is not afraid of

:12:03.:12:28.

power. JOHN MCENROE: She has two mis-hit returns and won both the

:12:29.:12:29.

points. A bit unfortunate, though. That was definitely work a

:12:30.:12:53.

challenge. It may have caught the backside, looked along. -- that was

:12:54.:13:00.

definitely worth a challenge. That was even longer than I thought it

:13:01.:13:01.

was. Again with that forehand, Muguruza.

:13:02.:13:22.

103 seconds serve by Venus. Brutal backhand to close it out.

:13:23.:13:59.

Started with an ace. A hold to start.

:14:00.:14:08.

When the roof is closed it sounds even more fearsome. The sound of the

:14:09.:14:12.

ball coming off the racket of both players. It makes it easier for them

:14:13.:14:18.

both to serve well, no elements to content with, the sun and the wind.

:14:19.:14:23.

And the lighting is done anyway that it is not an issue, which is nice

:14:24.:14:28.

for the players. -- turn in our way. They have to be loving this. The

:14:29.:14:34.

roof is transparent. The light comes through.

:14:35.:14:54.

Williams started with an ace. Muguruza with a double fault. She's

:14:55.:15:02.

only served four double faults in six matches.

:15:03.:15:36.

She's settled after that double fault. Starting to loosen up. That's

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been her go-to serve, down the T on both sides.

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That's what she's done better in this event than ever seen her

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before, her willingness to move forward.

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That's a good service game. Great service game after that early

:16:49.:16:51.

jitter. Interesting that we saw the body

:16:52.:17:00.

serve right there from Muguruza. Venus Williams has been using that

:17:01.:17:03.

so successfully throughout the Championships.

:17:04.:17:08.

As close as these two like to stand on the return, that will be an

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important serve to utilise. Three times now. Not out by a small

:17:13.:17:27.

margin. What a return from Muguruza. It's

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taking some pace off that first serve, though. Only 95mph.

:18:21.:18:37.

Oh, that's good from Venus Williams. We will see a lot of that in this

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final. You think, whoever is more consistent on the forehand side is

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going to have a decided edge. Her coach and hitting partner

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alongside. Not by much this time. Just checking

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if she is sure and doesn't challenge. So Venus Williams holds.

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Again if you're looking at it from Garbine Muguruza's point of view,

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this has been a pretty positive start. It's been a pretty positive

:19:43.:19:47.

start. Her forehand is off. That's a little worrisome. She came out, I

:19:48.:19:53.

can only imagine, how could she not be tight. I think Conchita Martinez

:19:54.:19:57.

has settled her down this tournament, got her thinking - I can

:19:58.:20:02.

do more than just go after balls and try to hit winners. That's been

:20:03.:20:07.

quite successful. That change in the coaching situation, at least accept

:20:08.:20:12.

prayer, has helped. -- temporarily has helped. She believes and trusts

:20:13.:20:19.

her in what she's got to say. It's going to be interesting when they

:20:20.:20:23.

settle and get their A game going what happens. Conchita beat Martina

:20:24.:20:38.

Navratilova in 1984. Martinez seems to have a bit of a difference. Sam

:20:39.:20:43.

is pretty untense and Conchita is more relaxed. Conchita and Sam are

:20:44.:20:48.

in contact constantly, discussing game plans.

:20:49.:21:10.

Both these women have first serve percentages in the high 60s for most

:21:11.:21:13.

of the Championship. Because of that Muguruza has only

:21:14.:21:33.

been broken four times. And Venus only six.

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Adding them up. When does that officially get in your head. They

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might be starting to seep in. You can guarantee Venus will have

:22:05.:22:05.

noticed. Wins that point, but even the

:22:06.:22:34.

forehand in there was a little bit too close for comfort.

:22:35.:22:57.

Mistake this time from Venus Williams. So it's a reasonably

:22:58.:23:02.

comfortable hold from Muguruza. Just those errors on the forehand to

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concern her. I thought it might be a closely

:23:04.:23:20.

contested final, nothing to suggest otherwise so far.

:23:21.:23:34.

Her forehand is working OK. It's really important that Venus has a

:23:35.:23:39.

little bit of spin on that forehand and she can feel like free to swing

:23:40.:23:41.

through it. Venus is drchl got at least 10% more

:23:42.:23:58.

on her serve and as close as Muguruza is standing, if she

:23:59.:24:00.

continues to stand there, I believe she's going to get a lot of free

:24:01.:24:02.

points. She realises the payoff, even if she

:24:03.:24:22.

has some double faults, the payoff for going for more on the second

:24:23.:24:23.

serve is important. We've talked about it before, does

:24:24.:24:41.

not want too many points to last too long. Conservation of energy for

:24:42.:24:43.

Venus Williams. One more time the forehand strays

:24:44.:25:12.

long from Garbine Muguruza. A hold for Williams. I'm pretty sure that's

:25:13.:25:19.

what Muguruza will be thinking about it, this sit down. So what can you

:25:20.:25:24.

do? When you're losing one particular shot, how do you change

:25:25.:25:28.

it? What do you do? She's naturally so aggressive. She likes to attack

:25:29.:25:32.

the ball. You could take a slight step or so backwards. You could use

:25:33.:25:37.

more spin. I think the spin is crucial. Just adding a little bit

:25:38.:25:43.

more topspin, so you have to work the hand a bit. She's still going to

:25:44.:25:47.

have to be aggressive in order to win this match. I bet she thinks

:25:48.:25:51.

right now it's more nerves than technique. She's just going to try

:25:52.:25:55.

to hit her way out of this. I think Conchita Martinez has talked to her

:25:56.:25:58.

frequently about the need to mix up your shots. And not just be out

:25:59.:26:05.

there going as big as possible. That's the reason, one of the big

:26:06.:26:09.

reasons she's in the final again. She should be able to make the

:26:10.:26:12.

adjustment. The difficult part is the ball's coming at her so fast.

:26:13.:26:15.

You don't have a lot of time to think about these adjustments when

:26:16.:26:18.

you play Venus Williams, particularly on this court.

:26:19.:26:22.

Apart from the three setter against Kerber, such a straightforward

:26:23.:26:31.

passage to this point. Facing power she hasn't before in this

:26:32.:26:32.

Championship. The body serve this time from the

:26:33.:26:59.

Spaniard. We always talk about Venus' wing span. That's the perfect

:27:00.:27:02.

serve, especially if she's standing in close. That is a good job by

:27:03.:27:05.

Garbine there. That's something we haven't seen

:27:06.:27:25.

much this championships. Missing a backhand down-the-line,

:27:26.:27:31.

that's really her big weapon. All you can do is give yourself a

:27:32.:28:03.

little more margin, safer shot. Obviously crosscourt is easier to

:28:04.:28:06.

execute over the lower part of the net.

:28:07.:28:31.

Average first serve speed for these two, Venus is up a little. Garbine

:28:32.:28:36.

down a little. That, to me, is nerves. She hasn't quite settled

:28:37.:28:38.

down here yet. Oh, what a shot! What a shot from

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Venus Williams. Muguruza did so much right. Started with the body serve

:29:02.:29:06.

again. But Williams what a response. This is incredible movement from the

:29:07.:29:10.

37-year-old on the full stretch. She backed up a little here to give

:29:11.:29:14.

herself more time. Got it on the outside of the ball. The first break

:29:15.:29:18.

points. Missed opportunity there for

:29:19.:29:45.

Williams. Good defence by Muguruza. Venus knows she should have done a

:29:46.:29:47.

lot better. A little puff of white, and the

:29:48.:30:05.

perfect serve. What a hole that is for Garbine

:30:06.:30:43.

Muguruza. -- what a hold that is. First signs of danger and she was

:30:44.:30:51.

equal to it. It is wanting to be a big server, it is very important to

:30:52.:30:56.

be a correct server. -- it is one thing to be a big server. They have

:30:57.:31:01.

both been doing a good job of it this Championships, big serves when

:31:02.:31:04.

they need it most. I bet she is still thinking a bit

:31:05.:31:21.

about that forehand she missed to get the break.

:31:22.:31:38.

She said, why didn't I do that break point?! Hanging on for as long as

:31:39.:31:44.

she could. Penetrating blows. That is a nice point. The point of

:31:45.:32:25.

the match so far. Other Oracene can smile at the efforts from her

:32:26.:32:34.

daughter. -- mother Oracene. You don't see many points like this

:32:35.:32:39.

these days. Great reaction from both. Good versatility.

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There it is, down the line from the Garissa. Pressure coming in the

:32:59.:33:16.

serve of Williams. -- down the line from Muguruza. She left the court

:33:17.:33:18.

wide open. Double fault number two for

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Williams. They are tied in that statistic. It came down a little too

:33:59.:34:04.

quickly. Down to the left. The first successful catch of the

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day in the crowd. UMPIRE: Correction, ball is good.

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You can understand the frustration for Muguruza, with Williams on the

:34:54.:34:57.

back foot. They will replay the point. And the return rate in the

:34:58.:35:03.

brown patch. It gave a very awkward bounce.

:35:04.:35:39.

Paire let, first service. The crowd gasped. Just a clip away from in and

:35:40.:35:55.

return to serve. -- from an unreturned serve. Just lost a little

:35:56.:35:58.

bit of her first serve percentage in this game.

:35:59.:36:11.

And as giving Muguruza and opening. -- and is giving Muguruza and

:36:12.:36:21.

opening. A chance for Muguruza. Didn't click at the 106 mph second

:36:22.:36:55.

serve pace, but it was steep. -- deep.

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The first serve returns for Williams.

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What a mixture in this came from Venus Williams -- in this game from

:37:45.:37:56.

Venus Williams. She gets out of rhythm.

:37:57.:38:06.

It tells you something about somebody who serves three doubles

:38:07.:38:13.

and might pull out the game in a fault. She has to commits to her

:38:14.:38:15.

serve. Eventually for Venus Williams, both

:38:16.:38:36.

of these players have had one and have failed convert them. So little

:38:37.:38:39.

between these two. That is what is so interesting,

:38:40.:38:51.

there is so little between them, it is so tough to predict what will

:38:52.:38:57.

happen. We'll experience or youth prevail? Who will be overwhelmed?

:38:58.:39:02.

Neither, it would seem. They both seem extremely focused, settling in.

:39:03.:39:07.

There is a buzz in the crowd because they realise it will be a very close

:39:08.:39:12.

match. We talk about the experience of Venus Williams standing her in

:39:13.:39:17.

good stead, the final samba titles, but they were long time ago. This

:39:18.:39:22.

will not feel like her first, but it will not feel a long run of finals.

:39:23.:39:28.

She has been a long time away. 2008 was the last title she won here, the

:39:29.:39:35.

last major that she won. In 2011 she told us she had Sjogren's syndrome.

:39:36.:39:45.

Her serve is so fluid. I was always taught if your head comes down the

:39:46.:39:49.

ball is going into the net, see you make the quick adjustment. Should

:39:50.:39:54.

she keep even playing after some of the results? Now look. She dropped

:39:55.:40:00.

out of the top 40. Muguruza with the new balls.

:40:01.:40:23.

It is effective. Talk about having to get her to draw those large wins

:40:24.:40:46.

in. She does not hit it as big or as hard as Venus, so the body server is

:40:47.:40:48.

key for her. Beating Williams down with those

:40:49.:41:16.

backhands, Muguruza. She has done that so well this Championships.

:41:17.:41:24.

Coming to the net more than 120 times, she is just a threat. Always

:41:25.:41:28.

looking to move forward, hit the ball early and on the rise.

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That 40 has been getting away from Venus as well.

:42:01.:42:23.

Another impressive game from the Spaniard.

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They have been impressive at times, resilient at others. Inconsistent

:42:34.:42:44.

and certain moments. -- in certain moments. But you can see all the

:42:45.:42:52.

elements of a long final year. -- a long final, here.

:42:53.:43:21.

Just caught the line of the second serve. Catches the line just a

:43:22.:43:29.

little, slows down. Muguruza and this timing it. -- miss timing it.

:43:30.:43:45.

It makes life difficult for these two out here. Made to look a little

:43:46.:43:52.

bit foolish, but look at it dying on the line. She dealt with two

:43:53.:44:04.

completely opposite things when it hit the line. Muguruza asking the

:44:05.:44:09.

question of Hawk-Eye. While, she lost that game. So much

:44:10.:44:57.

pressure on the serve of Garbine Muguruza.

:44:58.:45:04.

Always chasing it likely in this set, with Williams serving first. I

:45:05.:45:10.

think this is still the only show in town around the old England could --

:45:11.:45:16.

All-England Club, under the roof here. I can see an edge van

:45:17.:45:23.

uncovered court down here. They are a little bit soggy. Spirits are

:45:24.:45:28.

still high. A strange and happy breed.

:45:29.:45:32.

We're watching an intriguing final here as well. So difficult - well,

:45:33.:45:36.

it has been throughout the Championship to pick a winner from

:45:37.:45:40.

any of the players. Once Serena Williams was elsewhere, it was who

:45:41.:45:43.

was going to win this Championship. In this final we are still none the

:45:44.:45:48.

wiser really. Absolutely. As soon as Serena was not in the draw, on

:45:49.:45:53.

maternity leave, really there's a long list of players that can win

:45:54.:45:59.

the title. Always surprised - Ten or 15 at the beginning of the

:46:00.:46:10.

tournament. Venus is still not the favourite. Never has been a

:46:11.:46:13.

favourite at any point. She stands there now with Muguruza

:46:14.:46:15.

serving to stay in this first set. Again, come the big moments and big

:46:16.:46:39.

games, the noise increases and the power lifts. Decibel level went up

:46:40.:46:45.

quite a bit that point. Great hitting from both.

:46:46.:47:27.

Well long and she's just trying to impose her will, her presence here.

:47:28.:47:35.

Williams knows the pressure that Muguruza is under.

:47:36.:47:51.

Forehand error again from the Spaniard. Williams two points away.

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And the mistake again. But it's the first serve of Muguruza which is

:48:35.:48:41.

disappearing here and gives Williams two set points.

:48:42.:49:32.

What a rally! She couldn't quite do it at the end. Muguruza holds firm.

:49:33.:49:41.

Still one more to go. Venus was targeting that forehand. As she

:49:42.:49:50.

should. Muguruza impressively held steady.

:49:51.:49:55.

Centre Court comes to life. One more set point.

:49:56.:50:09.

What a time to find that first serve again from Muguruza. There's a sigh

:50:10.:50:13.

of relief. Forehand works so well in that rally

:50:14.:50:57.

for Muguruza. That is how to stand up to set

:50:58.:51:36.

points. Garbine Muguruza playing so well. They know how important that

:51:37.:51:47.

was. That was absolutely huge, showing a lot of character. Digging

:51:48.:51:53.

deep to pull out of that game. Easily could have been the first set

:51:54.:51:57.

for Venus. That first set point, when Venus was really just trying to

:51:58.:52:01.

break down the Muguruza forehand. Longest rally of the match. She gets

:52:02.:52:04.

herself back on serve. Not afraid of a double fault or two,

:52:05.:53:07.

it's part of her game. It puts the pressure on

:53:08.:53:21.

I think she is going to challenge. Yes.

:53:22.:53:27.

UMPIRE: The ball was called out. A big moment. That's worth

:53:28.:53:35.

challenging. Oh, my goodness. That's not even close.

:53:36.:53:40.

UMPIRE: Replay the point. Linesmen today are tighter than the players.

:53:41.:53:45.

Fell on her heels there and lost her balance. When you get nervous, your

:53:46.:54:08.

feet sometimes get tangled up. That's what happened there.

:54:09.:54:40.

Both players struggling on that forehand side. So suddenly from

:54:41.:54:50.

having two set points in the previous game, Williams facing break

:54:51.:54:51.

point. Wow, this is a nervy game for both

:54:52.:55:16.

players. They both have that same weakness at the moment as well, the

:55:17.:55:18.

fragility in that forehand. There will be another chance for

:55:19.:55:46.

Garbine Muguruza. Oh, no. First blood to Garbine

:55:47.:56:39.

Muguruza. Williams suddenly looks just a little bit weaker. Muguruza

:56:40.:56:46.

still has to serve it out. But what a position she is in now in this

:56:47.:56:56.

final. Both players have battled extremely hard. So, it is a tough

:56:57.:57:01.

one to predict. I was surprised in that set point, the first set point

:57:02.:57:06.

Venus had in that extended rally, you could hear the grunting level

:57:07.:57:09.

and suddenly Venus stopped completely. First three, four shots,

:57:10.:57:14.

she was super into it. Complete silence. I thought that was strange

:57:15.:57:18.

and weird that she would do that. I don't know. Totally wrong,

:57:19.:57:25.

contributed to her losing that. Then she's lost her way. The forehand has

:57:26.:57:36.

really gone off for her. Conchita Martinez her temporary coach

:57:37.:57:40.

stepping in, might be a more permanent thing. Sam better watch,

:57:41.:57:42.

if she wins this, Muguruza. There's a job to be done in this

:57:43.:57:55.

first set. Muguruza steps out in this final to serve for the first

:57:56.:57:56.

set. Wow, that is tremendous pass from

:57:57.:58:42.

Venus and the movement to get up to that quickly.

:58:43.:58:49.

And time it so well. Indecisive on this one. It was very tough. It was

:58:50.:58:52.

tough. Right at Muguruza's feet. Well the crowd gasped. They thought

:58:53.:59:33.

Muguruza had gone long, but gets away with it.

:59:34.:59:39.

Venus had her forehand under control for the first part of the set. Now

:59:40.:59:43.

it's, hers has gone off. Went for it in that final forehand,

:59:44.:00:14.

Williams. But it is Muguruza getting closer.

:00:15.:00:20.

Very physical rallies. The movement, the explosive first step.

:00:21.:00:56.

How did she get that ball? That could be the shot of the set. Venus

:00:57.:01:08.

Williams bowed her head as she watched this one land right in the

:01:09.:01:17.

corner. Two set points for Garbine Muguruza.

:01:18.:01:42.

Still fighting. Venus had two set points earlier, and Muguruza now has

:01:43.:01:56.

one left. No! And Muguruza has the first set

:01:57.:02:42.

in this final! The effort put in by both players, extraordinary. And how

:02:43.:02:50.

this sport can swing. Two set points for Williams, two for Muguruza, and

:02:51.:02:57.

she finally took it. The margins are just so small in a set like that. It

:02:58.:03:02.

was Muguruza who just to cross the finish line once, and converted. All

:03:03.:03:09.

credits to her for hanging in there in that set. And we talk about the

:03:10.:03:16.

physicality of this as well, and yes, Venus Williams had 13-set match

:03:17.:03:20.

earlier in the tournament, but this is a different level of physicality.

:03:21.:03:27.

Can she now come back, 37, all the owners problems she has had? Well, I

:03:28.:03:34.

certainly hope so. Because what we have seen so far has been quite

:03:35.:03:42.

exciting, it is the type of thing you hope for in a final like this,

:03:43.:03:47.

and I believe she can step it up. She has been here a lot more often

:03:48.:03:54.

than Muguruza has. I think she will be able to take a couple of minutes

:03:55.:03:57.

here to re-evaluate what happened in the last couple of minutes, where

:03:58.:04:02.

let's face it, she should have won that set. It was there for the

:04:03.:04:08.

taking. And sometimes, whoever you are, I don't care how many times

:04:09.:04:11.

you've been there, when something's slipped away from you, emotionally,

:04:12.:04:16.

you get a little flat for a couple of minutes, and it can cost you.

:04:17.:04:22.

Muguruza, she really believes in herself, she's extremely confident,

:04:23.:04:28.

she's a butler, that's a big reason why she was able to pull that set

:04:29.:04:35.

out. She's been here before, in a final, a couple of years ago against

:04:36.:04:38.

Serena Williams. She's won the French Open, and she's taken a step

:04:39.:04:41.

here towards this title. TRACY AUSTIN: I'm so impressed with

:04:42.:05:02.

the way that Muguruza was able to stay so positive and find her

:05:03.:05:06.

forehand again, because that's what she's been struggling with since

:05:07.:05:12.

winning the French. That's what has stood out during these Championships

:05:13.:05:17.

- much more reliable groundstrokes. ANDREW COTTER: No sign of any lack

:05:18.:05:36.

of power at the start of this second set!

:05:37.:05:55.

I'm sure a very interested observer, somewhere, is Serena Williams.

:05:56.:06:13.

JOHN MCENROE: Supposedly can't bear to watch it live, has to watch it on

:06:14.:06:25.

tape. Might not end up watching the tape if it continues to go the way

:06:26.:06:26.

of the Spaniard. Just cannot afford to miss neutral

:06:27.:07:17.

balls like that. Oh! So, right at the start of this

:07:18.:07:38.

second set, Venus Williams in all sorts of trouble.

:07:39.:08:06.

Blistering backhand saves Venus Williams on that occasion. Some

:08:07.:08:17.

heavy hitting from both players here at the moment. Venus would be better

:08:18.:08:24.

served to slow herself down here. Too many mistakes from Venus

:08:25.:08:43.

Williams at the moment. Muguruza, controlling court position here,

:08:44.:08:46.

somewhat surprisingly. As hard as Williams is hitting it.

:08:47.:08:57.

Challenge from Garbine Muguruza. I thought it was in. Again, a big

:08:58.:09:11.

decision for our virtual friends. She shook her head emphatically.

:09:12.:09:31.

So, broken, and Garbine Muguruza is firmly in control of this final now.

:09:32.:09:40.

Smiles all round from her support crew just the crowd were stunned

:09:41.:09:44.

there, they couldn't quite work out what had happened. That's why they

:09:45.:09:54.

have a challenge system. Gives them an opportunity to take a second

:09:55.:10:00.

look. And Muguruza can't believe how good fortune, when it was 4-5,

:10:01.:10:08.

15-40. And this is a woman who has been broken only four times in the

:10:09.:10:11.

Championships. Wow! The wheels starting to come off

:10:12.:10:32.

for Venus Williams. Against Jo Konta, in the semifinal,

:10:33.:11:25.

she was making those. Getting inside the baseline, it's so intimidating.

:11:26.:11:41.

Mentally, she's just lost it here. Can she pull it together? Of course,

:11:42.:11:51.

but she'd better do it soon. There's something for Williams. She

:11:52.:12:25.

does cut a rather tired looking figure.

:12:26.:12:47.

Oh, brilliant. And as we know in tennis, sometimes it can only take a

:12:48.:12:56.

couple of shots, and you're right back in it.

:12:57.:13:06.

It's the moment here for Williams to stop the momentum.

:13:07.:13:33.

Having worked so hard to get herself back into that game, Williams with

:13:34.:13:39.

the mistake again, and Muguruza holds. That's why it's so important

:13:40.:13:54.

to get the lead of 40-0. You're able to drop a couple of points and still

:13:55.:13:56.

keep the pressure on. That's lovely from Venus Williams.

:13:57.:14:28.

Dog that out, that was a very difficult volley. Great feel. Lost

:14:29.:14:44.

some sting on her serve. Something's going on here. I don't know if it's

:14:45.:14:56.

physical, or she's lost a little bit of spirit. Muguruza with some far

:14:57.:15:04.

more comfortable speeds to deal with.

:15:05.:15:17.

The winners, the energy, coming from Muguruza now. At the moment, I don't

:15:18.:15:33.

see a whole lot emanating from the American's side.

:15:34.:15:42.

Got to think this is a must hold here for Williams. Can't go down a

:15:43.:15:52.

double break. She has to keep her foot in the door in this set.

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This match slipping away from Venus Williams. Garbine Muguruza is

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playing wonderful tennis. Break point.

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And Muguruza has it. She has the double break. Surely has one hand on

:16:23.:16:58.

this trophy. Spain, you fancy, may have another winner of this title.

:16:59.:17:04.

Venus Williams is fading fast. A couple of things have happened.

:17:05.:17:08.

Venus, frankly, has gotten a little bit tired, a little bit fatigued. I

:17:09.:17:12.

think Muguruza got used to the pace. At the beginning of this match, she

:17:13.:17:17.

hadn't played anybody leading into the finals that had played and hit

:17:18.:17:23.

with this much power. Now she's striking the ball much more cleanly.

:17:24.:17:31.

And she sensed, to me, that Venus Williams got a little desperate

:17:32.:17:33.

there. She came in on three, four balls that game. Where, OK, you want

:17:34.:17:40.

to be aggressive and attack the net. She didn't get herself in position

:17:41.:17:44.

to even volley. That made the passing shots reasonably easy.

:17:45.:17:51.

Muguruza is just feeding off that. Coming in to try and shorten the

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points, Venus. Yeah, is it discouragement? Is it actual

:17:59.:18:03.

fatigue, mental fatigue? Probably a combination of that 4-0, 15-40

:18:04.:18:11.

stage. -- 4-5, 15-40 stage. Venus Williams has to find something

:18:12.:18:19.

magical here on Centre Court. Garbine Muguruza is a set up, and a

:18:20.:18:21.

double break up. There is a start. Crowd certainly

:18:22.:19:04.

going to encourage Venus Williams now. I thought the previous shot was

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going on. Chose to hit it, gave Muguruza another opportunity to hang

:19:11.:19:11.

in there. Playing some excellent defence is

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Garbine Muguruza. Really nice job. It's not often you can take the

:19:34.:19:46.

baseline away from Venus Williams. Put Williams on her heels. That

:19:47.:20:01.

little extra pace on her serve, a little less on Venus' is adding up

:20:02.:20:02.

to a pretty dominating lead. Forehand has let her down, as this

:20:03.:20:24.

match has progressed as well. Trying to get some life in those legs.

:20:25.:20:45.

Really nice to see Muguruza miss there. But making better shot

:20:46.:20:55.

selection throughout the championships.

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Wow. Williams hitting it with ferocity. But Muguruza again stands

:21:19.:21:24.

firm, finds the winner. Great job from Muguruza, handling

:21:25.:21:40.

the power. She game guns blazing, Venus Williams. Hand it to Muguruza

:21:41.:21:45.

there, incredible point. Good Marge gin on her shots. -- margin on her

:21:46.:21:51.

shots. She's flying now. Venus trying to come in from behind the

:21:52.:21:54.

baseline, just didn't get far before the passing shot. She's hitting it

:21:55.:21:58.

so hard, she can't even get in position.

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Suddenly this court, where she has had so much success, must be a very

:22:02.:22:22.

dark place. Unforced errors starting to mount

:22:23.:22:54.

up. It is painful to watch if you're a

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supporter of Venus Williams, but she is wilting here. Rudi Harelson

:23:12.:23:21.

watching on. Any way three break points for Garbine Muguruza. The

:23:22.:23:28.

crowd trying to lift their favourite, this great champion, who

:23:29.:23:29.

is in a very deep hole. And the end surely is coming

:23:30.:23:50.

quickly. Muguruza with a strangle hold on this match. It's not over

:23:51.:23:57.

yet, but Williams already looks a beaten figure. Boy, this is an

:23:58.:24:04.

amazing turn of events. 30 minutes ago. 4-5, 15-40. A great rally,

:24:05.:24:11.

Venus should have won. It's like she got punched in the gut. It's like

:24:12.:24:16.

she has no energy left from that point forward, it's not even been

:24:17.:24:20.

competitive. Again we're looking at it from Venus Williams' point of

:24:21.:24:25.

view. So many here were hoping Venus would win. But a great performance

:24:26.:24:29.

from Garbine Muguruza. Absolutely. She didn't start off totally

:24:30.:24:34.

convincing. Her forehand wasn't finding its mark. But she hung in

:24:35.:24:42.

there mentally. Just a point or two to just turn this match around.

:24:43.:24:47.

You've got to feel sorry for Venus at this moment, at 37, you wonder

:24:48.:24:50.

whether she'll have another opportunity, certainly here at

:24:51.:24:53.

Wimbledon. But Garbine Muguruza has played outstanding. This is what she

:24:54.:24:58.

has trained for and practised for and Williams will try to come back.

:24:59.:25:03.

For Garbine Muguruza to step out onto Centre Court, to serve for the

:25:04.:25:06.

Ladies' Singles Championship. You want to see this title taken.

:25:07.:25:37.

You don't want to see a meek surrender.

:25:38.:25:42.

I think we're seeing both. We're seeing her take the title and a meek

:25:43.:25:51.

surrender. That combination will make it 6-0.

:25:52.:26:04.

Everything is with her now. There is noise inside Centre Court. But just

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one more point for Garbine Muguruza. And it will all be hers.

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UMPIRE: Correction. It might end on this. The umpire steps in. Says that

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it was good. So the challenge. Let's hope it doesn't end this way.

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It does not. UMPIRE: Replay the point.

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You have to wait a little bit longer. Two more chances.

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There's a challenge. It might end this way. We look to the challenge.

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Look to the screen. Garbine Muguruza, if it is long, she is the

:28:17.:28:22.

champion. And it is. It is a sorry way for this final to end. But what

:28:23.:28:31.

a victory for Garbine Muguruza, who is the Wimbledon champion and tears

:28:32.:28:36.

of despair a couple of years ago, as she lost to Serena Williams.

:28:37.:28:40.

Whelming joy now Over. She is the champion. A sad end for Venus

:28:41.:28:47.

Williams, who played so well throughout this Championship and

:28:48.:28:54.

promised so much. All the smiles belong to Garbine Muguruza, the

:28:55.:28:59.

moment is hers. The title belongs to the Spaniard. When a win. What

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happened in that second set? First of all, congratulations to Garbine

:29:09.:29:15.

Muguruza. It's well deserved. She's become a much better player. She's

:29:16.:29:21.

learned from her loss here, her struggles at other events and the

:29:22.:29:26.

expectations. So well, well done. As far as Venus, I would have to think

:29:27.:29:31.

that the syndrome, she suffers from, I don't know if that reared its ugly

:29:32.:29:37.

head on some level, or B, emotionally the accident she was

:29:38.:29:40.

involved in three, four weeks ago, in the States, suddenly just hit her

:29:41.:29:44.

like a ton of bricks, some of it had to do with her opponent's playing,

:29:45.:29:50.

for whatever combination of things it was, or turned out to be, we'll

:29:51.:29:53.

see if she even addresses any of that. But that was unexpected to see

:29:54.:29:58.

it just completely go away that match. All sorts of thoughts going

:29:59.:30:06.

through her head now. She'll not use any excuses when we hear from her

:30:07.:30:10.

shortly. But the contrast again, Garbine Muguruza, she has a French

:30:11.:30:14.

Open title and now she is Wimbledon champion. We talk about the players

:30:15.:30:19.

who might fill the gap, after the Williams sisters depart, there are

:30:20.:30:23.

so many, but Muguruza at 23 now, she has many years to go and could be,

:30:24.:30:27.

well is, one of the stars of the game going forward. Wow, this is

:30:28.:30:30.

just an incredible moment for this young lady right here. After winning

:30:31.:30:34.

the French last year. Everybody was thinking, wow, she's going to ascend

:30:35.:30:38.

to the top of the game. Because she has so many weapons. She struggled

:30:39.:30:42.

for the year. That's just what makes this even sweeter. There's the

:30:43.:30:49.

support team of Garbine Muguruza. Thal be for Sam. Thal be face timing

:30:50.:30:57.

Sam. Again, the emotions at this stage, John, you've been here and a

:30:58.:31:01.

winner, and you've been a loser, the contrast is stark. To sit there now

:31:02.:31:04.

and wait for everything to come out, it must be a magical moment.

:31:05.:31:14.

It certainly is and a very proud one for both players. Ladies and

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gentlemen, please welcome on to Centre Court, His Royal Highness the

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Duke of Kent, the chairman of the All England Club and the president

:31:34.:31:38.

of the Lawn Tennis Association. ANDREW COTTER: The ball boys and

:31:39.:31:44.

girls have done such a fantastic job throughout these Championships.

:31:45.:31:55.

A strange atmosphere inside Centre Court, because it threatened to be

:31:56.:32:05.

one of the great finals, so little to win these two players in the

:32:06.:32:10.

first set. Two set points for Venus Williams and, but once that first

:32:11.:32:16.

set went, she visibly wilted. SUE BARKER: First, please show your

:32:17.:32:20.

appreciation for the chair umpire. Now, to the runner-up, Venus

:32:21.:33:01.

Williams! Such a favourite and a great of the game, not the

:33:02.:33:04.

silverware that she would have wanted, and we hope that she's back

:33:05.:33:05.

again. She remains on five ladies singles

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titles. And the winner of Wimbledon 2017, Garbine Muguruza! Only the

:33:29.:33:37.

second Spanish winner, following that woman there, Conchita Martinez,

:33:38.:33:41.

in 1994. And Spain can celebrate again.

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And now, for Sue Barker to ask the two for a few words, Venus Williams,

:33:59.:34:05.

first of all, a very difficult interview to give, but the smile is

:34:06.:34:10.

there. You see, they love you, Venus. You are not only a great

:34:11.:34:15.

champion, but showing such great sportsmanship at the end of that

:34:16.:34:28.

match as well. Well, congratulations to Garbine Muguruza, I know how much

:34:29.:34:33.

this means to you and your family, so well done today, Garbine,

:34:34.:34:40.

beautiful. Also, Venus, well done to you, because you have had a great

:34:41.:34:45.

tournament. Yeah, thank you to my team who has been with me day in,

:34:46.:34:49.

day out, and to my family as well. I love you guys, a lot of beautiful

:34:50.:34:54.

moments in the past couple of weeks. And a message for Serena? Oh, I miss

:34:55.:34:59.

you! I dried my best to do the same things that you do, but I think

:35:00.:35:04.

there will be other opportunities! There certainly will!

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Congratulations! Ladies and gentlemen, Venus Williams!

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ANDREW COTTER: Well, she's not done yet, and she will be back. This has

:35:16.:35:26.

not come easy, to lift that trophy, you have had to beat a great

:35:27.:35:31.

champion? Yeah, definitely. I had the hardest match today against a

:35:32.:35:35.

Venus, she's such an incredible player, I grew up watching her play,

:35:36.:35:39.

so it is incredible to play the final! Sorry! But she was an

:35:40.:35:49.

inspiration? Definitely, and it is incredible to play her here. And

:35:50.:35:56.

also, you showed no sign of nerves? Well, inside, of course I'm nervous,

:35:57.:36:01.

I always dream to be here. So I was composed, I guess! And the first set

:36:02.:36:08.

was crucial? Yeah, it was very, very tough and we both had a lot of

:36:09.:36:12.

chances, so I'm glad that I made them. And what about your team, your

:36:13.:36:18.

coach, Sam, cannot be here, so do you have a message? Yeah, well, here

:36:19.:36:35.

it is! I want to thank my team that is here, Conchita Martinez, my

:36:36.:36:37.

physio, my fitness trainer, everybody. Because this is not only

:36:38.:36:46.

me, it is all the team. Finally! You said that two years ago, when you

:36:47.:36:50.

were in the final, you said you wanted to come back and win? Yeah,

:36:51.:36:55.

two years ago, I lost in the final against Serena, and she told me one

:36:56.:36:59.

day, I was going to win, so two years later, here I am. Will you be

:37:00.:37:05.

having a big party, do you think somebody will be organising a

:37:06.:37:11.

celebration? For sure! The Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza! Sue

:37:12.:37:19.

Barker, angling for an invitation to the celebration party! Venus

:37:20.:37:26.

Williams at this point wants to be anywhere else, but these are magical

:37:27.:37:31.

moments for Garbine Muguruza, holding one of the most beautiful

:37:32.:37:34.

trophies in sport. JOHN MCENROE: Venus, getting to the

:37:35.:37:45.

Wimbledon final again, at her age, I think she wants to be there, too.

:37:46.:37:52.

You could say it was youth over experience, and the legs finally

:37:53.:37:56.

gave out at 37, the mind, the body, just wasn't up to the task. A

:37:57.:38:01.

23-year-old with a lot of energy and intensity prevailed. It has been a

:38:02.:38:05.

rather dark and gloomy day outside here at Wimbledon. The smile and the

:38:06.:38:15.

flashbulbs lighting up Centre Court. What can she achieve now? French

:38:16.:38:19.

Open champion last year, Wimbledon champion this year. There have been

:38:20.:38:24.

mentions of inconsistency during her career. Wang on her game, she is as

:38:25.:38:31.

we saw today unbeatable. She's got to find that consistency, and she

:38:32.:38:36.

can win however many more Grand Slams. When I first saw her win the

:38:37.:38:42.

French, I thought she had half a dozen in her. I had my doubts when I

:38:43.:38:50.

started to watch her and the way she was handling it, it was tough. But

:38:51.:38:55.

she's back on track to do that very thing. She's added to her game, I

:38:56.:39:01.

think Conchita Martinez has been a blessing for her. She's certainly a

:39:02.:39:05.

better player, a more consistent player. She's improving and

:39:06.:39:11.

learning. A lot of good signs for her. She goes around Centre Court,

:39:12.:39:18.

and they will be watching this keenly I'm sure in Venezuela as

:39:19.:39:25.

well. Caracas-born, her mother is from Venezuela, father from Spain.

:39:26.:39:29.

Neither parent is here, they can't bear to watch. They'll be watching

:39:30.:39:38.

perhaps in Spain. Considering how tough things are in Venezuela, I'm

:39:39.:39:43.

sure this is a breath of fresh air. She has that dual nationality, but

:39:44.:39:51.

Spain is her home now. Both players walking around the court. You wonder

:39:52.:39:58.

what the future might hold now for Venus Williams had. She has said she

:39:59.:40:07.

will be back. She played well throughout the Championship. But

:40:08.:40:12.

she's 37 now, we shall see what the future holds for her. Obviously, the

:40:13.:40:22.

combination of the emotional aspect of this great game and the physical

:40:23.:40:29.

one go hand in hand. We don't know which one hit her first. Did she

:40:30.:40:37.

suddenly get physically tired, was there something going on the entire

:40:38.:40:43.

match was? Was it the emotion of what happened in her accident weeks

:40:44.:40:49.

ago? Was it the syndrome which she has been battling for the past five

:40:50.:40:52.

or six years? I don't know if we will ever know, because I doubt she

:40:53.:40:58.

will tell us. But these are the moments any champion will remember

:40:59.:41:06.

for years and years to come, and even those in the Royal Box have the

:41:07.:41:12.

camera phones out. Garbine Muguruza, not done yet. Just put that there

:41:13.:41:19.

for a moment. I'm sure somebody will watch it! Yeah, someone will keep on

:41:20.:41:23.

eye on it! Serena Williams is targeting a

:41:24.:41:45.

return in the Australian Open. The former king of Spain is watching on,

:41:46.:41:48.

his son now the reigning monarch, not here. Dennis Williams takes her

:41:49.:41:58.

leave of Centre Court, the covered Centre Court which has seen a, in

:41:59.:42:08.

the end, one-sided final of the ladies Championship. And she

:42:09.:42:10.

probably doesn't want to leave at all. She has blown away Venus

:42:11.:42:18.

Williams in the second set. Careful...! Just a reminder of how

:42:19.:42:29.

the match was won. It was won on a challenge. And the moment of

:42:30.:42:32.

realisation. Just maintained her consistent

:42:33.:42:45.

levels, is Venus Williams made a few more mistakes in that second set.

:42:46.:42:49.

JOHN MCENROE: I'm really surprised that it became so one-sided, I've

:42:50.:42:56.

got to say. It looked for all the world like we would be out there at

:42:57.:42:59.

least a couple of hours. Two set points for Venus Williams, it could

:43:00.:43:03.

have been an entirely different match. After she lost the first set,

:43:04.:43:09.

though, you thought it might be difficult for her to come back,

:43:10.:43:15.

given her fitness, her age, I don't know. People will read different

:43:16.:43:21.

things into that. Conchita Martinez, who won this in 1994, beating

:43:22.:43:25.

Martina Navratilova. Then, it was the younger woman, the Spaniard,

:43:26.:43:31.

over the much older rival opponent, and again it was today.

:43:32.:43:46.

You can see the stark contrast of it all. You have none these moments of

:43:47.:43:57.

celebration here, John, and Muguruza has won this final in straight sets

:43:58.:44:01.

over Venus Williams. SUE BARKER: What a match, what a

:44:02.:44:10.

tournament she has played, Garbine Muguruza. She tries to avoid that

:44:11.:44:17.

Hall of Honour, because it makes her nervous, but now, it is her name

:44:18.:44:21.

that goes up as the champion of 2017. It is what she has dreamed

:44:22.:44:26.

about, what she promised Reiff years ago, and now, her name is on that

:44:27.:44:31.

board and it will be there for ever. Tracy Austin is with me here in the

:44:32.:44:36.

studio. Tracy, what a match, can she play any better than that? She

:44:37.:44:39.

played extremely well. What I was most impressed with is that she

:44:40.:44:44.

seemed a little nervous in the beginning, she was missing on the

:44:45.:44:48.

forehand side, just misfiring, and some of them were going away long.

:44:49.:44:52.

But she was able to withstand that, get over the nerves and get the

:44:53.:44:56.

forehand back in place. There she is with the chairman, showing her her

:44:57.:45:02.

name. It must be a proud moment, she's won the French Open, but

:45:03.:45:06.

there's something about the history at Wimbledon which is quite magical.

:45:07.:45:11.

Absolutely. To see her name on that must we so special for her. She was

:45:12.:45:19.

one among a long list of players who could have won it, once Serena was

:45:20.:45:24.

not going to be here, but I don't know that she was near the top. She

:45:25.:45:30.

lost at Eastbourne, it didn't really seem like she was playing fantastic.

:45:31.:45:32.

It's just a beautiful moment. And a picture to treasure as well.

:45:33.:45:42.

These are memories she's going to want to look back on. At the moment,

:45:43.:45:45.

I'm sure, she probably doesn't even know where she is or what she's

:45:46.:45:50.

doing. You talk to champions and they say, "It went by in a blur." It

:45:51.:45:56.

was a strange ending. It ended on a challenge. Cheated of the

:45:57.:46:01.

celebration. She looked up. Looked shocked, is this really true? Did

:46:02.:46:05.

this happen? This is a dream for any player, when they start to play and

:46:06.:46:08.

make that commitment to play at this level. It's to be a Wimbledon

:46:09.:46:14.

champion. This is beautiful to be able to share with her. Her life

:46:15.:46:19.

will change forever. Absolutely. The king of Spain has been here.

:46:20.:46:25.

Alongside the Duke of Kent and what special, special day this will be.

:46:26.:46:30.

King Juan Carlos of Spain. He is here to watch. It is so special. The

:46:31.:46:34.

second Spanish woman to win here and the other one was sitting watching

:46:35.:46:38.

her, Conchita Martinez. Just shows, playing on these grass courts, it

:46:39.:46:42.

doesn't mat whaer you're brought up on, you can adapt, you can learn and

:46:43.:46:47.

grow from it. Absolutely. Isn't it ironic that Conchita is in the box

:46:48.:46:51.

and maybe it was the right thing that Sam Sumic's wife is having a

:46:52.:46:56.

baby. Her usual coach is back home. Conchita stepped in. And Conchita is

:46:57.:47:00.

mellow and calm. Maybe that's what Garbine needed at this moment in her

:47:01.:47:04.

career. Absolutely. As far as the match goes, when she had taken the

:47:05.:47:10.

first set, I've never seen a player - Another Spanish champion, Arancha

:47:11.:47:22.

Sanchez-Vicario. I feel like we're eavesdropping somehow here. There's

:47:23.:47:28.

Virginia Wade saying, "well done". This is the bit she'll like. Heading

:47:29.:47:32.

out to the members' balcony to show the fans outside the trophy. It's

:47:33.:47:38.

such a beautiful trophy. It's really a nice moment to be able to see the

:47:39.:47:44.

walk hire. It really is. Ah, Manuel Santana there as well. From Spain.

:47:45.:47:58.

And here she goes out and a huge cheer because she's become such a

:47:59.:48:03.

popular player here at the tournament. Just the manner in which

:48:04.:48:07.

she plays. Wonderful. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

:48:08.:48:16.

What about Spanish tennis then with Rafael Nadal winning his tenth at

:48:17.:48:25.

the French Open and now Garbine Muguruza, a real celebration in

:48:26.:48:28.

Spain that is for sure. It is lovely for these fans who have queued and

:48:29.:48:32.

waited and they've been on the Hill watching to get a glimpse of the

:48:33.:48:37.

champion and take a photo home. She played so well in that final. We

:48:38.:48:42.

wondered whether she would be intimidated. She had to come back

:48:43.:48:45.

from a couple of break points, severely tested. She had all the

:48:46.:48:48.

answers. She really did. It's amazing how the match turned. It was

:48:49.:48:54.

Garbine Muguruza serving at 4-5, 15-#40, down two set points against

:48:55.:48:57.

Venus Williams, who was playing really terrific tennis. Venus was

:48:58.:49:01.

targeting the Muguruza forehand on that point. Garbine had to hit about

:49:02.:49:07.

six or seven strong forehands that set point down in order to hang in

:49:08.:49:10.

the point and that, to me, was the critical point. Then the next point

:49:11.:49:14.

she served a big serve to get herself out of that position, of

:49:15.:49:20.

trouble. Then from there on, she won nine consecutive games. It's amazing

:49:21.:49:23.

how, I don't know, I can't explain that second set. Garbine, yes, she

:49:24.:49:28.

played phenomenal tennis. But where did Venus go? She seemed to have all

:49:29.:49:32.

the air out of her. Her legs didn't seem to have enough energy. Only won

:49:33.:49:38.

12 points. This is a lovely moment too, her team hopefully have made it

:49:39.:49:45.

up here. They're all there. Her physio. It's just wonderful. As she

:49:46.:49:49.

said on court, this is a team effort. Everybody plays their part.

:49:50.:49:55.

Absolutely. It's not only on the court, but it's off the court. You

:49:56.:50:00.

rent a house, spend time together. Where's Conchita. That's her agent.

:50:01.:50:04.

He's going to be busy. There she is! She just shouted "equipo" which is

:50:05.:50:24.

team. They are an incredible team. At the tocht team a special player

:50:25.:50:28.

-- at the top of the team, a special player, who you get the feeling will

:50:29.:50:38.

be at the top for a long time. When she lost in the Fourth Round this

:50:39.:50:41.

year, she was so emotional in the press. She didn't like, she felt

:50:42.:50:45.

almost liberated to have to handle all that. At 23, a lot more

:50:46.:50:50.

experience under her belt. Two majors as well, one at the French

:50:51.:50:55.

and one at Wimbledon. Really, when you have two Majors, ties Hall of

:50:56.:50:59.

Fame -- it's a Hall of Fame career. Conchita has been such a calming

:51:00.:51:05.

influence. We've talked about it. She was as a player. She was very

:51:06.:51:09.

relaxed. A lot of people said that maybe Garbine needed that. She used

:51:10.:51:13.

to be racing all the time. Look, Spanish tennis royalty right there.

:51:14.:51:18.

Wonderful. You're exactly right. Conchita Martinez was so thoughtful

:51:19.:51:22.

on the court as well. She used a lot of variety, the spin, the slice, the

:51:23.:51:26.

heavy topspin. She really used all of the court and knew which shot to

:51:27.:51:32.

hit when. Garbine this Championships has been much more consistent.

:51:33.:51:35.

That's really been the word that's been so important in these matches,

:51:36.:51:40.

because she's just been a little too erratic in so many of her matches

:51:41.:51:43.

before. A shot would go off and she couldn't find the way to get the

:51:44.:51:47.

margin back in play. It's not only the shot selection, the consistency,

:51:48.:51:51.

I think she's been a little more relaxed. Conchita there, always

:51:52.:51:54.

making her laugh. They're having fun together. It really is a nice

:51:55.:52:02.

partnership. It really is. Now she's got to go through the long

:52:03.:52:06.

interviews, the press conference and just really, just got to eneye this

:52:07.:52:11.

moment. -- enjoy this moment. We talk about tennis, the triumph and

:52:12.:52:15.

disaster, the famous saying, because it is. One walks off a winner and

:52:16.:52:18.

you feel for Venus and everything that she's going through right now.

:52:19.:52:22.

Absolutely. You wonder whether Venus at 37, whether she'll ever have an

:52:23.:52:25.

opportunity certainly here at Wimbledon, she'll be 38 next year.

:52:26.:52:29.

Whether this was a lost opportunity because I think there were some

:52:30.:52:33.

points in that first set where she had an opportunity to really close

:52:34.:52:37.

it down, because she was playing better at the beginning of that

:52:38.:52:42.

first set. Muguruza again with a little bit nervous. I'm really

:52:43.:52:46.

curious to see what Venus says about what happened in that second set,

:52:47.:52:51.

where she just deflated emotionally? Everything came crashing down, when

:52:52.:52:54.

she wasn't able to convert on the two set points? Garbine was playing

:52:55.:52:58.

so much better as well. She got that first set under her belt and seemed

:52:59.:53:03.

to free up. You have never seen that happen with Venus before. Not to

:53:04.:53:07.

fall apart in a Major final. The first time she's ever also a set

:53:08.:53:12.

here 6-0. It's just unheard of. It seemed to go by so rapidly. The

:53:13.:53:16.

errors came so quickly in points. It didn't seem like she was thinking

:53:17.:53:19.

clearly. All the tactics, all the strategy just went completely out

:53:20.:53:22.

the window. And things, the points were just racing by. Let's go

:53:23.:53:26.

through the story of the match. First of all, we start with the

:53:27.:53:33.

saving of the set points at 4-5. You know, here was her big chance. That

:53:34.:53:39.

really was. It was this point where Venus immediately started targeting

:53:40.:53:43.

the forehand from Garbine. It's a 19-shot rally this. She tested her.

:53:44.:53:49.

She did. That's four already to that forehand side. Not going to the

:53:50.:53:52.

backhand wing. She was a little bit late there. Back to the forehand

:53:53.:54:00.

again. Garbine was spraying a few forehands, but she was so sure, so

:54:01.:54:05.

steady. It was Venus finally blinked there. One set point still. She came

:54:06.:54:13.

up with a big serve here. That's the combination of being able to serve

:54:14.:54:17.

in clutch moments for Garbine throughout the tournament. She'd

:54:18.:54:21.

only been broken four times going into the final. That says a lot

:54:22.:54:24.

about big serving, but also during those crucial moments to be able to

:54:25.:54:28.

be calm, to be clear on what you need to do and handle the nerves.

:54:29.:54:35.

Having watched that, at 15-ho, you think you -- at 15-40, you think,

:54:36.:54:40.

maybe I missed my chance. She was never really the same after that.

:54:41.:54:43.

She played a messy next game on her own serve. Kind of quickly was

:54:44.:54:47.

losing the points. Then everything started to just fall into place for

:54:48.:54:50.

Muguruza. She started playing better and better. It was honestly, it was

:54:51.:54:56.

tough to watch Venus just disintegrate like that, so quickly,

:54:57.:55:01.

on a court you know she's had her best success and this was such an

:55:02.:55:04.

important moment for her. After she had saved the set points, Muguruza

:55:05.:55:09.

really did up the gears and produced some wonderful tennis to break

:55:10.:55:13.

Venus. She did. I think she felt liberated that she had saved those

:55:14.:55:18.

set points. She played so well. Then she really started to find her

:55:19.:55:21.

targets again. That's what we've seen the entire championships is

:55:22.:55:25.

Muguruza pretty much hanging close to the baseline, not here, because

:55:26.:55:29.

Venus did a great job of keeping her moving, but Muguruza to be able to

:55:30.:55:35.

hang in those points six, seven, eight shots, maybe that's the

:55:36.:55:38.

Conchita Martinez effect right there, just to hang in. Give

:55:39.:55:42.

yourself a little more margin, more spin on the forehand so you get over

:55:43.:55:46.

the net. Good margin. Over the net and inside the lines as well. As you

:55:47.:55:51.

were saying, before this match, how she needed to attack. Muguruza was

:55:52.:55:54.

always prancing along the baseline trying to move forward, trying to

:55:55.:55:58.

hit the ball back as fast as she could to Venus. It was great

:55:59.:56:03.

movement from Muguruza as well, that lob, that last point. This lands on

:56:04.:56:08.

the line. You're thinking OK, Venus great job, great defence, then

:56:09.:56:12.

Muguruza gets right back to moving Venus around. This is where Venus

:56:13.:56:16.

just started to get a little tired, in my opinion. The legs didn't seem

:56:17.:56:21.

quite as strong. Is that the syndrome she's dealing with?

:56:22.:56:25.

Sometimes that's often overlooked. Is it being 37? Is it the

:56:26.:56:29.

disappointment of not converting the two set points. In the second set,

:56:30.:56:34.

we'll show Venus errors, I think it's a bit of a horror show. We

:56:35.:56:38.

haven't seen these sort of mistakes before. Not so quickly in points.

:56:39.:56:43.

That's where Muguruza just ho to stay focussed and not think of the

:56:44.:56:46.

finish line. If you start to think of that beautiful trophy you might

:56:47.:56:51.

start to lose your way. Credit for Muguruza, she just stayed so

:56:52.:56:55.

focussed. Kept with the game plan. Kept with the great foot work and it

:56:56.:56:59.

was Venus Williams who - look at, that she's missing the second shot

:57:00.:57:02.

of the point. From the middle of the court. Yes, just lost her way

:57:03.:57:08.

completely, mentsly. She's not -- mentally. She's not moving as well.

:57:09.:57:12.

I wonder if she had an injury or something happened. I didn't notice

:57:13.:57:16.

anything, but I've never seen her move so slowly around the court.

:57:17.:57:20.

Really struggling. She became sluggish. That's something she

:57:21.:57:24.

really relies on is that great movement to keep that ball back in

:57:25.:57:27.

play until she can control the point again. I mean that is, I mean - 99

:57:28.:57:34.

times out of 100 she would make that shot. Then it got more wild. When

:57:35.:57:43.

your heart is out of it, and you've gone, it's very difficult. Your

:57:44.:57:46.

brain is racing and your feet is slowing down. It's a horrible

:57:47.:57:49.

combination. We've both been there I'm sure. I have! But you have to

:57:50.:57:55.

wonder, she loses the first set, she's thinking do I have enough gas

:57:56.:57:59.

in the tank to go three? Then thoughts start to go. She's down the

:58:00.:58:02.

double break. You start thinking, can I really do this? Then maybe the

:58:03.:58:06.

tremendous disappointment comes into play. Because it's Venus, who has

:58:07.:58:13.

been the last five years watching younger siser Serena win Grand Slam

:58:14.:58:16.

after Grand Slam and be so sturdy in those situations. She maybe even

:58:17.:58:20.

thinking - is this the last time I'll be in a final of a Major. Who

:58:21.:58:25.

knows what she was thinking. It clearly wasn't purposeful. The

:58:26.:58:28.

points at that point were just hitting balls without purpose and

:58:29.:58:31.

that's what you hate to see in a Wimbledon final. If she could have

:58:32.:58:35.

said to herself, I was in the final of the Australian. To be in two

:58:36.:58:39.

Grand Slam finals at the age of 37 is tremendous. She should be

:58:40.:58:44.

positive really about that. I think it's because she built up this was

:58:45.:58:48.

the dream comeback, the fairy-tale. She hadn't won since 2009, as it was

:58:49.:58:52.

being taken away. I don't think she had answers in the second set to

:58:53.:58:57.

Muguruza. Absolutely. This would have been a fairy-tale, one of the

:58:58.:59:00.

biggest sports stories of the year for Venus Williams to come back this

:59:01.:59:03.

many years later and to win the Wimbledon title, her sixth. She

:59:04.:59:11.

would have tied Billie Jean king. Just to come back from everything

:59:12.:59:17.

that she's had to deal with. We've talked about it, the syndrome, the

:59:18.:59:21.

accident, little sister winning her 23 rd Major in January and little

:59:22.:59:24.

sister being away now. It seemed like it was all the pieces of the

:59:25.:59:28.

puzzle were coming in place for Venus. It was Muguruza would came

:59:29.:59:33.

through and really changed it. You've got to give her credit as

:59:34.:59:37.

well, to step up in this moment. She's really struggled. You look at

:59:38.:59:41.

how her results, she hasn't been to any final at all since winning the

:59:42.:59:45.

French Open. Not even any of the small you vents she's played. Now

:59:46.:59:51.

she's won a grand total of four tournament titles and two Majors?

:59:52.:59:54.

That's a terrific strike rate. Absolutely. The way she won, it that

:59:55.:59:58.

second set, I mean, some of the shots she was pulling off were just

:59:59.:00:03.

incredible. She plays with such freedom and fearless tennis. She

:00:04.:00:09.

plays with aggression. That's key. That was worrisome when Venus was

:00:10.:00:14.

coming in on shots. She really was coming in the baseline. She couldn't

:00:15.:00:17.

get close enough to the net. You felt she was trying to make the

:00:18.:00:22.

points quicker. She's coming back, coming in from too far behind the

:00:23.:00:25.

baseline there. That's where you really start to wonder OK, what's

:00:26.:00:29.

Venus thinking. Really doesn't want the long points. Thb fair to

:00:30.:00:34.

Garbine. She had to keep her focus. It's ease why I to look down the

:00:35.:00:38.

other end and think, "I've got this." You mustn't get ahead of

:00:39.:00:42.

yourself. You must stick to your game plan and execute it to the end.

:00:43.:00:45.

That's so right. You've got a Wimbledon title on the line and a

:00:46.:00:48.

player on the other side who's won it five times. This is a dream come

:00:49.:00:52.

true for you. You know it's just three games away, two games away.

:00:53.:00:55.

You can't be thinking about the end. You've got to clearly just stay in

:00:56.:00:58.

your little bubble and that little bubble is what Muguruza has done so

:00:59.:01:03.

well. She seems to have managed, she even talks about that. Conchita has

:01:04.:01:07.

helped her with the stress. To win a Major you have to be on for two

:01:08.:01:11.

weeks, seven matches. That's a long time to dole with everything,

:01:12.:01:14.

whether it's any anythingling injuries. We didn't see the wrap on

:01:15.:01:18.

Muguruza's leg in the first week. First time I saw it was the middle

:01:19.:01:23.

Sunday, a brown patch down the front part of her leg. Then she started

:01:24.:01:27.

wrapping the whole leg. So it started to bother her more. Then you

:01:28.:01:32.

deal with the press and then the final, a second Wimbledon final

:01:33.:01:35.

against another Williams sister. So there's a lot you have to manage and

:01:36.:01:41.

control physically, emotionally. She did that extremely well, with the

:01:42.:01:44.

help of Conchita Martinez who has done it herself. That was really

:01:45.:01:45.

important. What also impressed me, when she had

:01:46.:02:01.

a break point either for or against, she opt the pace by five miles per

:02:02.:02:09.

hour on her crown is strokes, that's champion's mentality, isn't it?

:02:10.:02:21.

Absolutely. That's what you really want, and that's why it is not a

:02:22.:02:30.

coincidence that these are the champions we see in the late stages,

:02:31.:02:34.

they're able to come up with a better shot at crucial moment,

:02:35.:02:37.

somehow they're able to elevate, to calm their nerves and be really

:02:38.:02:43.

clear on what they're able to do, the athleticism comes into play,

:02:44.:02:46.

whatever it is, they're able to come up with something better. I think

:02:47.:02:53.

for Muguruza, it was really the Kerber match which turned everything

:02:54.:02:59.

around for her. And Kerber lost the number one ranking with that match.

:03:00.:03:05.

I really feel this could be her real breakthrough now, because she got to

:03:06.:03:09.

the final, dipped, won the French Open, dipped, but I think now we

:03:10.:03:13.

will see her at the top for a while. I hope so. Tracy, thank you so much

:03:14.:03:17.

for your comments, it's lovely to see you here at Wimbledon again. So,

:03:18.:03:29.

the ladies' final is over, but it is time for the men's doubles final

:03:30.:03:39.

now. Let's join our commentators out on Centre Court, John Lloyd, Peter

:03:40.:03:40.

Fleming and first, Mark Petchey. MARK PETCHEY: Just about to get

:03:41.:03:57.

under way here on Centre Court for the men's doubles final, and what an

:03:58.:04:04.

epic semifinal these two had. It has been a solid route through but they

:04:05.:04:07.

have not played any seeded pair at all, as you can see. Coming through

:04:08.:04:16.

17-15 in the fifth, in that semifinal, I wonder whether that

:04:17.:04:19.

will have an impact here, given the route that Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo

:04:20.:04:24.

Melo have had. Also, the number one pairing in the semifinals, John

:04:25.:04:30.

Peers and Henri Kontinen, who won the Australian Open, who went down

:04:31.:04:36.

9-7 in the fifth. Fergus Murphy, from Ireland, in the chair. They say

:04:37.:04:41.

the art of good doubles is to choose a good partnership, and the art of

:04:42.:04:45.

good doubles commentary is to get two partners, clearly. And I've been

:04:46.:04:49.

doubly blessed today, with John Lowe and Peter Fleming in the boot.

:04:50.:04:53.

Welcome, guys. PETER FLEMING: Thank you. Looking

:04:54.:04:58.

forward to this match. Probably because we have no idea who might

:04:59.:05:06.

win this one. I think Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo are the favourites.

:05:07.:05:09.

They have been perhaps the form team this year. But grass court doubles

:05:10.:05:17.

is really a great leveller, isn't it? And so we have no idea.

:05:18.:05:26.

JOHN LLOYD: I agree with that, I think the favourites are Kubot and

:05:27.:05:29.

Melo, just by their rankings and Grand Slam stature. They've both

:05:30.:05:34.

done well, but I think it's a tough match to call. Just looking at the

:05:35.:05:43.

comparisons there, the one thing which stood out in the semifinal for

:05:44.:05:49.

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic was the 74% first serves in which they made

:05:50.:05:55.

in that clash. Anyone who can serve at that kind of level consistently

:05:56.:06:00.

is going to be difficult to break. It will be interesting to see if

:06:01.:06:04.

they can sustain that, because in the previous round, they were only

:06:05.:06:09.

at 57%. You get the feeling, if there are too many second serves,

:06:10.:06:12.

they will be in a lot of trouble. And of course, something to look out

:06:13.:06:29.

for is, how will both teams react to the environment? It can be daunting

:06:30.:06:34.

if it's your first time in a Wimbledon final. Next week's world

:06:35.:06:38.

number one to begin. Kubot, 6ft 3 himself. Nice move. The

:06:39.:07:35.

most important thing in doubles, I think, is, avoid the net man. Hit a

:07:36.:07:47.

little dink volley. That time he tried to hit it a little deep, right

:07:48.:07:52.

into the path of his opponents. Fantastic return. Yes, beautifully

:07:53.:10:19.

timed, this one coming in at 119mph. He did a nice job getting out of the

:10:20.:10:21.

way of it! It's obviously a good serve coming

:10:22.:10:38.

in from that was look, but it does not necessarily move as much as some

:10:39.:10:44.

serves, it is a pure delivery. Does not have a big kick for somebody who

:10:45.:10:55.

is 6ft 8. That one had depth as well. And they've got a spring in

:10:56.:11:03.

their step as they take the opening game. You're right, he doesn't do a

:11:04.:11:09.

lot with the serve, it doesn't have a lot of swing or kick to it. But

:11:10.:11:16.

he's very accurate with it. It's strange to look at a guy, 6ft 8, but

:11:17.:11:25.

he's a very consistent player. I know that guy in the blue! Voitech!

:11:26.:11:45.

And in fact, the very first match that John and I played on Centre

:11:46.:11:52.

Court was the semifinals in 1978, we lost the first set in 12 minutes,

:11:53.:12:00.

6-1. I've never been more nervous in my life walking out onto the Centre

:12:01.:12:01.

Court that day! A lot of power on this forehand. You

:12:02.:13:18.

cannot have any backswing whatsoever on that volley, with the ball coming

:13:19.:13:23.

at you that fast. Did he flagged that one, was it going long? I think

:13:24.:13:26.

it was. Good serving from Pavic, who's

:13:27.:14:27.

looking to become the second Croatian man to win a major title.

:14:28.:14:36.

Goran is a visit -- Goran Ivanisevic made a couple of finals in doubles.

:14:37.:14:38.

Ivan Dodig is the first. Interesting motion, isn't it,

:14:39.:15:17.

Kubot's? It is, he doesn't really get the racket down behind his head,

:15:18.:15:18.

that will rob him of a bit of power. You can see what Peter is talking

:15:19.:15:34.

about, barely any bend in the elbow. It gets down behind his back, but

:15:35.:15:36.

very late. It will be interesting to see if the

:15:37.:15:52.

court is just a little slippery, because of the humidity in the air.

:15:53.:16:00.

It was going long, but Melo decided he would just finish it off any way.

:16:01.:16:28.

SUE BARKER: We'll be right back with this final on Centre Court. Another

:16:29.:16:32.

final taking place outside on court number three, the men's wheelchair

:16:33.:16:36.

doubles final. It's a repeat of last year's final. Alfie Hewett and

:16:37.:16:47.

Gordon Reid just served for the match. They have another break point

:16:48.:16:52.

now. It looks like a real battle out on court number three. That match is

:16:53.:16:56.

live on BBC Two, if you want to watch it. That's over on BBC Two.

:16:57.:17:00.

Here, we're heading back to Centre Court.

:17:01.:17:07.

That is Marach and Pavic, who are playing in just their tenth tour

:17:08.:17:14.

level event, having teamed up in Miami of this year.

:17:15.:17:34.

As teams they've never played against each other. Interestingly,

:17:35.:17:40.

Marach and Kubot were a partnership for a couple of years. They won five

:17:41.:17:47.

tour events together. So they know each other very well. Yeah, in fact,

:17:48.:17:55.

Kubot-Marach beat Melo-Saub in 2009, in Barcelona. That's how long these

:17:56.:17:58.

guys have been around. That second serve was 71mph. It

:17:59.:18:12.

basically said, "Hit me." Continuing the trend from their

:18:13.:20:28.

semifinal with plenty of first serves, eight out of ten landed from

:20:29.:20:32.

Marach and Pavic. They've won all eight when the first serve has gone

:20:33.:20:37.

in. I have a feeling we may be here for a while.

:20:38.:21:05.

His foot work is very sharp. Especially when you consider he's

:21:06.:21:14.

6'8". This pairing obviously the tallest one in the tournament. Kubot

:21:15.:21:18.

is 6'6". There's that flat, out wide serve

:21:19.:21:48.

that he's able to hit courtesy of his height. Just skipping off the

:21:49.:21:52.

surface. Didn't even flinch there! Melo

:21:53.:22:29.

really sat on the ball down the middle. He took a full swing at that

:22:30.:22:34.

forehand volley. Right through Pavic. He did well there though to

:22:35.:22:41.

mask the pain. That hurt. He stood there as if to say, "No big deal."

:22:42.:22:49.

Smashed off his leg. Look at where both players are, both

:22:50.:22:50.

on the same side of the court. How much has doubles changed in that

:22:51.:23:03.

regard? You said you came out here for your first time and you see

:23:04.:23:09.

these guys just literally ever sing the point, popping up the whole

:23:10.:23:13.

time. Was any of that used in your day, Peter? You mean that I

:23:14.:23:17.

formation? Yeah. No. We didn't use it at all. The only team that used

:23:18.:23:25.

that was Villas and Tiriac. He had a good serve, even though he was like

:23:26.:23:30.

90 years old. And Villas was very quick. He would be like a

:23:31.:23:33.

jack-in-the-box trying to take everything. They were the only team

:23:34.:23:38.

that used that strategy. It's amazing how it's grown over the

:23:39.:23:40.

years. What do you think the reason is? I

:23:41.:23:46.

think it's an intimidating formation. You don't know where the

:23:47.:23:53.

guy is going to be. It puts off the returner.

:23:54.:23:58.

You know you can hit the ball to a spot and the opponents aren't going

:23:59.:24:06.

to put it away, it gives you a lot more conviction. John, what's the

:24:07.:24:12.

best way to approach it as the returner? I think you've got to make

:24:13.:24:18.

your mind up whether you're going to hit it. If you - you have to guess

:24:19.:24:24.

really. If you spend too much time worrying about where they're going

:24:25.:24:27.

to go, it puts off your return. Pick a target and hit it.

:24:28.:24:39.

I think that formation has really changed doubles fundamentally. It

:24:40.:24:46.

takes away the chip return. You can't chip or it's very difficult to

:24:47.:24:48.

chip returns now. The doubles game is now a game of

:24:49.:24:55.

power. The other thing is, where the

:24:56.:25:08.

person's serving, where his partner is up at the net, even when not

:25:09.:25:12.

doing the I formation how close they are to the net. They don't believe

:25:13.:25:16.

someone can get over their heads for a lob. They're prepared to stand

:25:17.:25:18.

almost right on top of the net. Dead volley there. Going back to the

:25:19.:25:54.

lob, a lot of people say to me, well, why don't people lob them,

:25:55.:25:57.

they're right on top of the net. It's not easy. The only one that

:25:58.:26:01.

really does it raegly is Jamie Murray. He has a fast lob, if you

:26:02.:26:05.

know what I mean. It's not floating. He can get up and over the net

:26:06.:26:10.

player. If you hit ate floater, they're -- a floater, they're too

:26:11.:26:20.

good of athletes. Still yet to drop a point. When they

:26:21.:26:29.

make a first serve, 11 for 11. Locking things up nicely on their

:26:30.:26:31.

own service games. A deep second serve. It shot through

:26:32.:27:51.

the court. It's not just serve that the height

:27:52.:28:22.

helps. There's the reach as well. You could see there Melo able to

:28:23.:28:26.

poach that one, it looked as though maybe it got enough angle on it.

:28:27.:28:34.

Precious few points against the serve so far.

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SUE BARKER: We'll be back on Centre Court. We'll take you out to Court 3

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and this thrilling match out here in the men's wheelchair doubles final.

:29:12.:29:19.

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have had three match points. They're in

:29:20.:29:22.

the third set tie-break. Tremendous scenes there. That's now over on BBC

:29:23.:29:30.

Two. We will be heading back to Centre Court right now.

:29:31.:29:40.

So far so good for both teams. Arguably slightly better for the

:29:41.:29:51.

Australian and Croatian duo, who many felt were the underdogs for the

:29:52.:29:55.

title, given perhaps the route through, the newness of their

:29:56.:30:00.

partnership. But they have settled exceedingly well out here. Both

:30:01.:30:06.

teams have. We've only seen five points against serve in the first

:30:07.:30:12.

seven games. Two against Marach and Pavic. Only three against Melo and

:30:13.:30:22.

Kubot. Tie-break might be out of the frame.

:30:23.:30:30.

that one bidding to become the third Austrian man to win a Grand Slam

:30:31.:30:38.

title, his compatriot winning the US Open ten years ago. Jurgen Melzer as

:30:39.:30:45.

well. So close to the net, he just blocks

:30:46.:31:41.

it, there's no backswing. He just lets the pace of the ball take over,

:31:42.:31:43.

and just guides it. Great angle a couple of times in

:31:44.:31:54.

this game already, from the Austrian.

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Well, that's what it takes to win a point against the serve. That was

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meant to be a forehand drive rather than a lob.

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John Newcombe, six time doubles champion here.

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In fact, did John Newcombe and Ann Jones both win the singles in the

:33:43.:34:22.

same year? John Newcombe won in 1967...

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He didn't get in too close after that one. I think we will see a few

:34:30.:34:42.

more returns coming into play, as the players get their eye in. And

:34:43.:34:52.

the answer to that previous question was, no.

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The answer for Kubot and Melo was in the affirmative, that was another

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comfortable hold. SUE BARKER: We're going to take you

:35:06.:35:20.

straight back to Court No. 3, because now, Alfie Hewett and Gordon

:35:21.:35:24.

Reid have match point. They've already had four, this is 6-3 in the

:35:25.:35:41.

tie-break... What a rally! And they defend their title! Well done to

:35:42.:35:50.

Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett. Just short of three hours. The crowd out

:35:51.:35:57.

on Court No. 3 really appreciating such a wonderful match, so

:35:58.:35:59.

competitive, wonderful tennis. Incredible scenes. So popular and a

:36:00.:36:06.

British title here at Wimbledon once again for Alfie Hewett and Gordon

:36:07.:36:10.

Reid, successfully defending their title. A few souvenirs for those

:36:11.:36:16.

that have waited and cheered them on. They really were very vocal out

:36:17.:36:26.

there. Big celebrations out on Court No. 3. Well done to Alfie and

:36:27.:36:31.

Gordon. Back we go. JOHN LLOYD: They're all so sharp at

:36:32.:36:45.

the net at the moment. MARK PETCHEY: He's got hold of that

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for the first time, and that's what shot brings to the doubles court,

:37:21.:37:30.

electrifying pace reseller return. Pavic was unable to get even close

:37:31.:37:32.

to the service line there. Good return again. That's what you

:37:33.:37:57.

hope, to get that combination of the 1-2 punch. Now, they've got a slight

:37:58.:38:08.

opening. PETER FLEMING: Yeah, for the first

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time in the match, Pavic hitting a conservative second serve, didn't

:38:15.:38:14.

really do a lot. Perfect volley. That's the second or

:38:15.:38:53.

third one he's than, where he's dropped it short. Yeah, and Melo's

:38:54.:39:02.

return was hit hard but not placed especially well.

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There was a small window of opportunity, but it was pretty

:39:37.:39:46.

quickly closed. Yes, and Pavic has been pretty impressive with how he

:39:47.:39:55.

has remained cool. At 15-30, 4-5, easy to get tight.

:39:56.:40:17.

It's all about timing the move at the right time. If you move too

:40:18.:40:33.

early, he has an easy target down the line. You have to move across

:40:34.:40:38.

just as the returner is about to return.

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Not sure he needed to make that much noise on that forehand, but... The

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players' reactions are so good that it has to be struck with that kind

:41:24.:41:25.

of venom to get past their defences. Really nicely played. All over the

:41:26.:43:37.

second serve! Quick as a cat, into the net behind it. It looks as

:43:38.:43:44.

though this opening set, it looked as though it was heading towards a

:43:45.:43:47.

tie-break, but all of a sudden, a break point opportunity.

:43:48.:44:08.

He's made it. There's a challenge coming, but... He's not hanging

:44:09.:44:24.

around, Kubot. This is out of desperation, and that's why. That

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could not have been struck more perfectly. And it could not have

:44:29.:44:37.

been timed more perfectly, either. And as you might expect, break

:44:38.:44:44.

point, second serve, had a bit of pace to it, it is not as if he just

:44:45.:44:49.

rolled it in a, but it was right down the middle of the box, quite

:44:50.:44:55.

easy for Marach to get around it, and he drilled that return. Nice

:44:56.:45:07.

shot as well, calm as you like! He hit it so blisteringly hard. He was

:45:08.:45:14.

about 4ft outside the tramline when he hit that. So, the unfancied duo

:45:15.:45:22.

with the advantage here in the opening set. The 14th different team

:45:23.:45:36.

to win the men's doubles title out of the last 16 Majors. It's

:45:37.:45:41.

remarkable just how open men's doubles has become. Hilary Swank,

:45:42.:45:53.

the actress, she does love her tennis as well. She has been seen at

:45:54.:45:58.

a few events, particularly Indian Wells.

:45:59.:46:41.

Nothing given on that return from Kubot.

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Just can't get hold of that when you're almost inside the baseline,

:46:48.:46:51.

coming through at 126 as well. That's interesting, Marach, the most

:46:52.:47:07.

diminutive player, OK he's not short, he's 6'1", but also the most

:47:08.:47:09.

powerful server. Thanchts was an impressive service

:47:10.:47:56.

set. There's a real buzz around the Centre Court there. Look at the

:47:57.:47:57.

first serve percentage. Second service in a bit of trouble,

:47:58.:48:14.

but they hardly miss a first serve, so what does it matter. It's very

:48:15.:48:20.

impressive. You hear the noise when the crowd, a lot of people, the

:48:21.:48:24.

majority in this crowd are doubles players, but can they really relate

:48:25.:48:28.

to this type of doubles? And the answer is no. They're used to

:48:29.:48:32.

chipping the ball around, having rallies. This is just incredible

:48:33.:48:39.

tennis for what it is. But it's just one, two-strike tennis in the

:48:40.:48:40.

majority of the rallies. There he is. Tony Roach, one of the

:48:41.:49:00.

great teams. Didn't hit over a lot of returns did they? No chip and lob

:49:01.:49:06.

on his backhand side. Exactly, Nuke might have been effective. Because

:49:07.:49:09.

his lob was so good. It was actually. He might get a few over

:49:10.:49:17.

these guys. Yeah the man who won all the four Major titles on the doubles

:49:18.:49:20.

court, three of the singles ones as well. Just came up short at the

:49:21.:49:24.

French Open a couple of times, in the quarter finals. Ranked world

:49:25.:49:28.

number one in both singles and doubles, one of the few men to have

:49:29.:49:29.

done that. When it is this fast, Peter, I mean,

:49:30.:49:48.

do the tactics simply come down to where you're going to hit your serve

:49:49.:49:52.

rather than anything else, into somebody's backhand that maybe they

:49:53.:49:56.

feel is getting strong on a potentially big point? Do you get

:49:57.:50:01.

away from Marach's forehand, give them what they produced on the break

:50:02.:50:05.

point. If you have a second serve, is it as simple as that? Yeah, I

:50:06.:50:11.

think perhaps on big points, maybe you kick a serve in first, so you

:50:12.:50:14.

don't have to deal with the second serve, because you know Marach's

:50:15.:50:20.

forehand is deadly. He's really good at bringing it into play. He's

:50:21.:50:21.

quick. Break point down, don't even give

:50:22.:50:27.

him a sniff of that shot. In a best of five set doubles match

:50:28.:50:59.

can be long. Lots of ebbs and flows to come.

:51:00.:52:14.

Bit of lazy skills there from Pavic picking that ball up off the

:52:15.:52:22.

overhead. It was coming at a fair rate of knots, but just caressed it

:52:23.:52:26.

back. Had it been a bigger point, he might have been more disappointed

:52:27.:52:29.

with his partner's offering afterwards.

:52:30.:52:42.

Pavic a former junior world number five. He won the boys doubles here.

:52:43.:52:49.

He's looking to do the double with the British player George Morgan in

:52:50.:52:51.

2011. Title came with another Brit Dom

:52:52.:53:08.

Inglot. That was a good win there for them.

:53:09.:53:09.

He's won five other doubles titles. It's got to be disheartening for

:53:10.:54:00.

Kubot and Melo how secure these guys have been on serve.

:54:01.:54:16.

That was a nice little point there. From the outside edge of the ball

:54:17.:54:21.

here, Pavic. They want to keep this wonderful

:54:22.:54:43.

serving profile going, not giving Kubot/Melo a chance.

:54:44.:54:44.

It's incredible. 85% Didn't need such a big follow

:54:45.:54:50.

through on that volley. Nicely played. That was not an easy

:54:51.:55:49.

shot. He was almost on his knees. The number of those shorter volleys

:55:50.:57:49.

have been dying on the grass and staying low. Marach got up to that

:57:50.:57:53.

one. He had options. He could have dip today crosscourt again or could

:57:54.:57:57.

have gone over the top, which is a bit a risky ploy against two fairly

:57:58.:58:01.

tall guys. He went for the hit down the T and caught the tape. Right

:58:02.:58:06.

now, you can see, just trying to skim it hard. Just got his elevation

:58:07.:58:16.

wrong. Must be for players that come here to this Grand Slam they must

:58:17.:58:20.

love Wimbledon, because it's the only really tournament, the only

:58:21.:58:23.

slam that gives them a lot of respect to play five sets and on the

:58:24.:58:30.

regular circuit, they play one set all and play no ads and then a

:58:31.:58:34.

tie-breaker. They're trained these days, other than Davis Cup, of

:58:35.:58:38.

course, they're trained for really an hour match, perhaps an

:58:39.:58:41.

hour-and-a-half is a marathon in the regular doubles. They come in here

:58:42.:58:44.

and you could have matches for four sets. Then you have concentration

:58:45.:58:48.

issues, to a certain extent. Because the rest of the year they don't have

:58:49.:58:53.

it. It's a different type of event for them. They like the fact that

:58:54.:58:59.

the crowd is pretty full and at a lot of events it isn't.

:59:00.:59:44.

That was a bad error there from Kubot. Should have been 0-15.

:59:45.:59:54.

This ball, should have put that away. Tried to bounce it over.

:59:55.:59:59.

Playing on the wrong surface for that. Hard court it might have gone

:00:00.:00:01.

over his head, but not that one. He had a good look at that down the

:00:02.:00:43.

line. Pavic had a Grade 1 terror of his hamstring earlier in the season.

:00:44.:01:00.

-- tear. Maybe just starting to get his eye in a little bit. There's

:01:01.:01:05.

been a couple of decent returns in this game.

:01:06.:01:37.

I wonder if the players took just a little pace off their returns... I

:01:38.:01:48.

was thinking the same thing! And got a few more in, because they're

:01:49.:01:54.

drilling it so hard, it's not easy to hit it exactly where you want to.

:01:55.:02:05.

Yeah, my memory might be incorrect, but I do remember watching some of

:02:06.:02:10.

the greats in doubles, in more recent times, Peter, don't get me

:02:11.:02:17.

wrong, the likes of Woodbridge and Woodford, and I remember doubles

:02:18.:02:20.

finals where they were getting something like 90% of returns into

:02:21.:02:27.

court. But at the moment today, we've got Kubot and Melo at 55% and

:02:28.:02:33.

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic at 66% only in terms of returns in the

:02:34.:02:37.

court, as you say, highlighting that point.

:02:38.:02:49.

Nicely done, around the outside of the ball. Exactly right, and this is

:02:50.:02:54.

what we're talking about, just block it back, really, and charged. Gets

:02:55.:03:03.

in there pretty quickly, he's a good athlete.

:03:04.:03:15.

JOHN LLOYD: That ball just checked the bit on that serve.

:03:16.:03:57.

There you go, another blocked return back into play. That's how it

:03:58.:04:02.

started. That was a shaky second serve, 80mph

:04:03.:05:07.

on a big point. PETER FLEMING: This could get away

:05:08.:05:11.

from them right here. That was a really nervy looking serve, first

:05:12.:05:15.

time we've seen that kind of pressure on the serve - there was no

:05:16.:05:18.

acceleration on it. MARK PETCHEY: Well, matches can

:05:19.:05:32.

change on just one point, can't they? Interesting that he still

:05:33.:05:42.

tries to drive the return, on that one, a first serve! OK, second serve

:05:43.:05:50.

am a drill it, but first serve, just get it back anyway you can.

:05:51.:06:19.

MARK PETCHEY: Huge hold. Kubot helped him out a little bit there,

:06:20.:06:40.

didn't he? He was getting a little bit shaky. Kubot had the guts to

:06:41.:06:51.

cross on that 30-40 point and help his partner out, when he was just a

:06:52.:07:05.

little wobbly. Kubot and Melo, who scoop up their partnership last year

:07:06.:07:11.

in Beijing. They've continued it with great success so far this

:07:12.:07:20.

season. Looking to win their third straight tour level title if they

:07:21.:07:35.

won on the grass in Germany, twice. They had not got past the third

:07:36.:07:39.

round at the other two slams earlier this year, heading into Wimbledon.

:07:40.:07:48.

A couple of Masters thousands titles in Miami and Madrid to go with those

:07:49.:07:58.

two grass court titles as well, so they are the form team so far in

:07:59.:08:07.

2017. But in the first hour here, honours have gone to their

:08:08.:08:08.

opponents. That was a fine volley right there.

:08:09.:10:17.

Because that came at him fast and low, and he managed to get good

:10:18.:10:21.

depth on it as well. It was a tough volley to hit. That's a great

:10:22.:10:25.

volley. Good change-up. And you can see

:10:26.:10:44.

Marach, not nearly as happy returning on the backhand.

:10:45.:11:54.

Not the simplest of games, although a simple overhead.

:11:55.:12:46.

SUE BARKER: And we will be right back with this final on Centre

:12:47.:12:49.

Court. We are in joining the final weekend here at Wimbledon, but the

:12:50.:12:54.

world athletics Championships are not far away. It's another big event

:12:55.:12:55.

on the BBC. Mo Farah wins the gold! It's a

:12:56.:13:11.

mammoth jump! David Rudisha is going to win the world title! Dafne

:13:12.:13:13.

Schippers! Usain Bolt! It should be magnificent, in the

:13:14.:13:33.

London Stadium, that's from the 4th of August. Here, everyone enjoying

:13:34.:13:40.

the tennis bottle up on the hill, with two more finals to come, the

:13:41.:13:44.

men's doubles, followed by the ladies doubles, on Centre Court.

:13:45.:13:45.

Let's get back to Centre Court. Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic will be

:13:46.:14:07.

pretty keen to keep the aspirations of their higher ranked opponents

:14:08.:14:11.

down in this match, and they've done a great job of it so far. Marach

:14:12.:14:18.

knows what it's like to lose in a Wimbledon final, it happened to him

:14:19.:14:26.

in 2013, losing to the Bryans on that day.

:14:27.:14:36.

And again, just dropped it too short. You should be aiming those

:14:37.:14:45.

volleys always at the opponent's feet. He's had a lot of success with

:14:46.:14:57.

that serve, hasn't he? I wonder whether Kubot needs to just make a

:14:58.:15:01.

bit of a move and take that avenue of success away from Marach.

:15:02.:15:40.

Nice idea! A very difficult shots to execute. A lob volley.

:15:41.:16:14.

Therein lies the problem. It is a good return but it is not directed

:16:15.:16:24.

the right way. He is so far behind the baseline that any volley short

:16:25.:16:30.

and it is a winner. Sometimes you have to go up the line to keep the

:16:31.:16:31.

net man on it. He took away that serve and got a

:16:32.:17:31.

good play on it, but could not find the lines.

:17:32.:17:40.

So far the script has not played out the way that many thought it would.

:17:41.:19:27.

Quick hands, quick thinking and a quick old. -- quick hold.

:19:28.:19:44.

Nice rally to finish off, and a nice catch in the crowd. Oh, he got up

:19:45.:19:55.

early as well, he knew it was coming his way. No hanging about.

:19:56.:20:06.

No slip-up from him, although there was one from Kubot and Melo in the

:20:07.:20:14.

opening set. They have put that to rights so far in this second set.

:20:15.:20:27.

We thought this match might be serve dominated. We have certainly been

:20:28.:20:37.

correct in that regard. Marach and Pavic still dominate, put 79% of

:20:38.:20:48.

their first serves in play. It is not like they have just been rolling

:20:49.:20:56.

them in. Anything over 65 is excellent. Marion Bartoli, the

:20:57.:21:00.

former Wimbledon champion, in the Royal box.

:21:01.:21:30.

Plenty of legends of the court watching the Wimbledon finals today.

:21:31.:21:37.

There is one of the greatest of all time, Martina Navratilova.

:21:38.:22:24.

That is fierce. A fine return. She has -- he has headed to a number of

:22:25.:22:37.

them, but that is the best by some margin. He has connected with that

:22:38.:22:42.

one beautifully. Went back there again, had a bit of

:22:43.:23:17.

a safety margin built in and Melo was unable to connect with it.

:23:18.:23:27.

It looks impossible for there to be a break of serve, but we thought

:23:28.:23:34.

that in the first set and one appeared out of the blue. Completely

:23:35.:23:44.

not in the script. You never know. And, of course, Kubot dropped serve

:23:45.:23:49.

in the first set. The exact same situation.

:23:50.:23:55.

That is genuine power, when he has time of the ball. A former top 100

:23:56.:24:33.

player in singles, peaked at 82 in the world. He might be peaking at

:24:34.:24:34.

the right time in this one. That was a well played point from

:24:35.:24:51.

Pavic. Very smart. Did not overplay. Oh, amazing! The best point of the

:24:52.:25:55.

match, by a long way. Pavic did really well to reflect that one

:25:56.:25:56.

back. From here on it was all Melo. That landed directly on the centre

:25:57.:26:36.

service line. Pavic had no chance. Equal fastest for their team, that

:26:37.:26:42.

one from Kubot. Adrenaline pumping, trying to salvage this game.

:26:43.:27:06.

He came up with a couple of delightful touches in that game. It

:27:07.:27:14.

is 6-5. SUE BARKER: Such a competitive match on Centre, we will

:27:15.:27:21.

be back with it. We will take you to another final, an American winner of

:27:22.:27:25.

the girls singles for the first time in 25 years. The last one was in

:27:26.:27:33.

1992. 17-year-old Claire Lu from Thousand Oaks California, the

:27:34.:27:43.

hometown of Sam Querrey. She defeated and unseeded 17-year-old

:27:44.:27:48.

from Pennsylvania. Emotional scenes. Probably more so because she was

:27:49.:27:51.

runner-up at the French Open last month. Here she comes to take the

:27:52.:27:59.

trophy. Well done to Claire Lu, a Wimbledon champion, and a bright

:28:00.:28:04.

future for American tennis. That happened earlier, back we go to

:28:05.:28:13.

Centre Court. COMMENTATOR: Good hold from Kubot, that was a quality game

:28:14.:28:18.

from their opponents, which builds them a bit of momentum as we head

:28:19.:28:22.

towards a potential tie-breaker. Kubot will be delighted he managed

:28:23.:28:28.

to come up with some nice touches which would keep the pressure on

:28:29.:28:33.

their opponents. Momentum shift. Is it? Melo

:28:34.:29:15.

certainly believes it. That was another to rip pixel on return.

:29:16.:29:23.

Swivelled out of the way nicely. It is a good start. The first point is

:29:24.:29:28.

so important for establishing the returning pair in the game.

:29:29.:29:52.

They have made less than half of their returns in this set, Kubot and

:29:53.:30:10.

Melo, that they have had two is flush as you can try them. -- but

:30:11.:30:15.

they have had two is flush. And a third in a row, unbelievable

:30:16.:30:26.

turn of events here. Break points that of course are set

:30:27.:30:38.

points. Mr Marach is challenging the call,

:30:39.:30:53.

the ball was called out. He made up his mind, he was going

:30:54.:31:35.

crosscourt with the return. Pavic is doing a great job at the

:31:36.:32:57.

net here, made a couple of well-timed moves.

:32:58.:33:25.

They're not out of trouble yet, Marach and Pavic. This was a searing

:33:26.:33:40.

backhand return. Yes, this time, the return didn't find its target. Down

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the middle of the box, not a lot of pace to it - easy return for Kubot.

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It's in. UMPIRE: Game and second set, Kubot

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and Melo. That has been a dramatic development in the men's doubles

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final, just when it looked as though the chances had come and gone for

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the number four seeds, Kubot really does catch alight in terms of his

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returns and his vision and his ability to do something just a

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little bit out of the ordinary. And here, you can see him setting,

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waiting, and the Croatian just unable to get anything on that ball.

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Fantastic turn of events at the end of the second set for this team, as

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it was for Pavic in the opening set as well. And it's perfectly poised

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now. It's not about winning all the

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points, it's about winning the right one's, and Kubot and Melo certainly

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proved that in that second set. It was just when it really mattered

:36:17.:36:20.

that they found something a little special. And perhaps at times,

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Marach and Pavic missing a few first serves in that set. And that is what

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cost them in the end. Allowing Kubot and Melo to see a few second

:36:36.:36:37.

deliveries. That actually wasn't a bad game from

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the Croatian-Austrian partnership there. But good defence at the net

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from Kubot and Melo, and they're up and running and they will be looking

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to build on what they did in the second set. The confidence is so

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high for that team, with the wins coming in here in grass court

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events. Although, some good matches won of course by Oliver Marach and

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Mate Pavic coming in, losing in the final Stuttgart to Murray and

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Soares, Antalya as well, they were runners-up. So they also had

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momentum. It's not easy to control those, when

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they're coming at that sort of pace. PETER FLEMING: As you were saying

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before, this is where the mental stamina comes into it. Because these

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guy la just about at their limit now, Ofwat they're used to playing,

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two sets and a match tie-break. A couple more hours at least on the

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horizon. They could start to fatigue a little bit now. That's when first

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serve percentage is will come down. Marach just checking whether that

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first serve was in or not, with Fergus Murphy in the chair.

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That's a good angle, considering the motion that he has, Kubot, on that

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first delivery out wide. Numerous times he's got it short on the

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sideline. JOHN LLOYD: Different type of

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forehand there from Marach. Normally, he's been hitting them so

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hard, that one, he just got it low and set himself up for the winner.

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Marach, who has picked up 15 career doubles titles, and he's done that

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with eight different partners as well, which is a credit to him in

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terms of his flexibility with different partners on a doubles

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court. For his partner, just the six titles, with two different partners,

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but as we have seen today, he's certainly capable of a lot more in

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this form of the game. Not quite getting it going on the singles

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court, but he's certainly got a lot of talent, a lot of power.

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One more good service game, you feel, from Marach, and you feel

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whatever momentum Kubot and Melo might have got from the second set

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you feel will be stemmed somewhat. That is extraordinary! What talent

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displayed by all four men out here. Amongst the huge power hitting and

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big serving but we have seen, certainly we get a rally with so

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much finesse. -- suddenly we get. It was almost parallel to the net. So

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sharp. If that had gone in it would have

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deemed the shot of the championship. -- it would have been. This guy hits

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a lot of highlight shots, Marach. Powders the forehand.

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Things just got a little interesting here. More interesting than Kubot

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and Melo would have liked. What reactions from Kubot. That may

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have been the hardest forehand of the day, and that is saying

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something. Really nice reactions. Obviously he was very close to the

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net, which has made the volley a little easier.

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Struck well, but just struck a little too long. The game does not

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go on any longer. That was a hard-fought hold of serve for Kubot

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and Melo. Very little in it. Just one beautiful reaction volley from

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Kubot really saved the day, you felt. If we were to make one

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constructive criticism, as you said, Marach struck that backhand well. /

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it too well. The margin for error was minute. The ball was below the

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height of the net, he had to get it up over the net and bring it back

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and you cannot do that if you hit it that hard. He needed to put more

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top-spin on it. Just not go for a winner. Keep the ball though, force

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your opponents to reflex the volley back at you. It seems as though it

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could... I think have a little more joy on returns if they play the

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percentages are I guess the proof is a little bit in the numbers. Is it

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successful strategy for Kubot and Melo at the moment, they are the 7.1

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out of 55, returning the first serve, and for Marach and Pavic, 12

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of 58. We are talking 21% and 38% respectively for points won behind

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the first serve. It is not huge numbers.

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As you say, maybe just using the pace you are given from the first

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serve and trying to direct and utilise its a bit better might be

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more profitable for both teams. It does not really seem as if the net

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man has been that imposing. Once again, Kubot drilling the

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return. That time is paid off. -- it's paid off.

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A clinical finish. Taking a familiar path.

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Ouch! I think that might have caught him on the Achilles. I think he is

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OK. Oh, no. A lot higher up the map. It was more the back of the knee. --

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a lot higher up than that. He has a memento of this final, no

:56:20.:56:34.

matter what. We talked a little bit about the

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number of different teams that have won the doubles titles in the last

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16 majors, including this. It was 14. Why is it? Is it mainly because

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the teams do not seem to be staying together as often as in your day?

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You guys seems to hang around longer with each other. Or is something

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more? I don't know why it is that guys are switching as often as they

:58:25.:58:29.

are switching partners. I can't explain. I think because now we have

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the doubles players virtually just doubles players and not singles

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players, their livelihood is just doubles. And the pressure to make a

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living, it is OK, the prize many years pretty good, but if there is

:58:51.:58:54.

not success very quickly than the partners dump each other and move

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on. There is not much loyalty. If they do not feel like they are

:59:01.:59:03.

blending well very soon, they look for the next partner. It is amazing

:59:04.:59:10.

how quickly. People who have won Grand Slams together, one year later

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they have gone to somebody else. There is no surprise that partners

:59:16.:59:19.

do not stick together if they do not gel immediately. It is more

:59:20.:59:22.

surprising when they do well and win. And then switch. That is a

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great cross right there. I would be surprised if this pairing does not

:59:36.:59:40.

stick together for a bit longer. Of course, they are both pretty long in

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the tooth, so... They won't be together that much longer!

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Melo, to be fair, has at least another 11 years to go. Daniel

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Nestor is still playing at 44 years of age! Is he 44?! I thought he was

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46. No, definitely 44. Looking at it logically, most of the year they are

:00:41.:00:45.

playing two sets, the matches are over in an hour. It is not like you

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had to be in unbelievable shape to do that. You can play forever.

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That it is not a question of stamina, it is a question of

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quickness, flexibility, eyesight, even. But he is still playing at 44

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is pretty impressive. No kidding. UMPIRE: Mr Melo challenging the

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call, write service line. Ball was called in.

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He covered a lot of ground, and just kept running. Unlucky with the net

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cord. Yes, very unlucky. We've just had two service breaks in

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two-and-a-half sets. This point was just about having fun

:02:57.:05:09.

for Oliver Marach. I'm going to hit the forehand return as hard as I

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can, and the next one... Just as hard.

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Again, another set of tennis train these two teams which is bringing up

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a scarcity of chances, in terms of break points on offer. And you asked

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why it is before that 14 different pairs have won the last 16 Majors.

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And I think it's what we've been saying. No teams make enough returns

:06:08.:06:17.

to become dominant. A team will get hot, and they'll win a major. But to

:06:18.:06:30.

win Major after Major, look at the would -- the Woodies, you were

:06:31.:06:44.

always under pressure when you were serving against them, that's why

:06:45.:06:49.

they won multiple Majors. Today, these two teams are the two form

:06:50.:06:54.

teams, both of them are very difficult to break. We haven't seen

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a lot of returns at into play. -- put into play.

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JOHN LLOYD: I agree, there's no pattern to this match, you can't

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really say, they're targeting this side or that side. It's almost as if

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they're just waiting for them to combine in one game, where they both

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get streaky and hit some winners - which is what's happened in both

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sets. He just guided the ball down the

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line, and it work to treat. -- it worked a treat.

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Kept going, Kubot, just kept moving forward. And finished it off nicely.

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Pressure building here. Excellent second serve - not only

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did it have depth, but it had a lot of sides pinned that kept it low,

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and Kubot was unable to get hold of that one.

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Interesting, when you consider that neither of these pairs are doing

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much against the serve, we haven't seen one point today whether

:10:23.:10:27.

returning pair have stayed back on the first serve. Because if you do

:10:28.:10:34.

stay back, you take away the target for the net man and have a chance to

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get in the rally. Unlucky. The net cord decided that

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point. A bit like that, you mean? A simple

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put away. Yes, any volley Melo gets at the net is a simple put away,

:11:32.:11:34.

because he's so close to the net. You kind of feel that this time,

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surely, we have to get to the tie-break. It's amazing that we

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haven't been in one so far. Sometimes you have an instinct,

:12:56.:13:00.

where you're watching a match and you think, this pair, it's only a

:13:01.:13:04.

matter of time, you feel they're going to break... You have

:13:05.:13:08.

absolutely no idea who's going to win this match. You mean those

:13:09.:13:18.

finely honed instincts of yours, they're not happening today? They're

:13:19.:13:24.

not happening, I have no idea. Around the grounds, if you have not

:13:25.:13:30.

been fortunate enough to grab a Centre Court ticket today, there's

:13:31.:13:38.

still plenty to do just the pace some of these balls are coming, we

:13:39.:13:42.

could do with that racket out here, I think! In Melo's hand, that would

:13:43.:13:53.

probably look normal size, to be fair. As it is, it's going to be

:13:54.:13:59.

Marach to serve to take this third set into a tie-break.

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He loves that serve. It's brought a lot of success to him, and he's very

:14:44.:14:57.

accurate with it. Tie-break time it is. It will be

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interesting, because just ten points against the serve by both teams

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combined in that third set. Just one single mini-break may well security

:15:49.:15:49.

here. -- secure it here. That was a little more complicated

:15:50.:16:26.

to hold onto, Melo's serve in the opening point of this tie-breaker,

:16:27.:16:30.

than they would have liked. But it was accomplished in style in the

:16:31.:16:35.

end. It was perhaps an opportunity for Marach, after he hits the first

:16:36.:16:38.

volley, if he'd kept moving in that direction he might have swallowed

:16:39.:16:43.

back the next one, instead of retreating back to cover his ally.

:16:44.:17:26.

I know we have talked about it a bit recently, if you just take the place

:17:27.:17:38.

of the return... If you make it, the opponent has gone anyway. It is not

:17:39.:17:42.

like he will have time to get back and cut that ball. Just make the

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return. It was tough to get a clean winner straight off that serve.

:17:49.:17:53.

Pete, this is what you have been looking for. First time today. It

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forced Kubot, or induced him, to roll the first serve. Which has been

:18:06.:18:07.

a change. Oh, no. What an end to a rally which

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looked like it was going to go the way of marathon public. That was a

:18:33.:18:40.

good example of how thinking can inhibit you. -- it looked like it

:18:41.:18:44.

was going to go the way of Marach and Pavic.

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Up, up, up! At six foot aids, you are already up! Exactly. -- at six

:19:09.:19:24.

foot eight. Flexibility for the first volley, got himself out of the

:19:25.:19:26.

way. Kubot has got hold of that. When he

:19:27.:20:01.

gets hold of it, it stays fit. Just unable to contain the power, Marach.

:20:02.:20:06.

He went back to the forehand side, overplayed that particular serve.

:20:07.:20:18.

Such fine margins in this match. One mini-break, will back decide this

:20:19.:20:19.

set? -- will but decide? Let's have another look at this.

:20:20.:21:09.

Almost impossible to hit that body. How close it came to going back

:21:10.:21:15.

over. -- almost impossible to hit that volley.

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Miller and Kubot can seal a two set advantage here. Four set points.

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SUE BARKER: They take the third set to go up two sets to one. We are

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leaving the coverage on BBC One but will start up in just a moment on

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BBC Two, so it will continue in just a moment on BBC Two. It is available

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on the red button as well. Just before we leave, the news today is

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that we have a new ladies champion, Garbine Muguruza, a free hitting

:22:20.:22:24.

fearless player. She was unstoppable on Centre Court against Venus

:22:25.:22:28.

Williams. She said two set points in the opening set, which she took 7-5.

:22:29.:22:36.

And a Hawk-Eye challenge on match point in the second. Emotional

:22:37.:22:40.

scenes on Centre Court is Garbine Muguruza defeated the player who

:22:41.:22:45.

inspired her as a youngster, five-time champion Venus Williams. A

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very warm embrace from the former champion, Venus, at the net. A new

:22:50.:22:55.

star is born on Centre Court. Garbine Muguruza racing up the

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rankings, a big smile today. Well done to her. I don't think she can

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believe it. Britain has a champion, the men's

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wheelchair doubles champions, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. They

:23:11.:23:15.

successfully defended their title in thrilling scenes on Court three,

:23:16.:23:19.

defeating the top seed Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. 6-7, 7-5,

:23:20.:23:29.

7-6. They had quite a view match points earlier in the set but came

:23:30.:23:34.

through a very tense tie-break. Fabulous scenes on Court three. Well

:23:35.:23:38.

done to Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid. That is it on BBC One, but a

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lot to look forward to on BBC Two. The conclusion of the men's doubles

:23:47.:23:51.

final and the ladies doubles final. But today on Centre Court we had a

:23:52.:23:58.

new ladies champion, Garbine Muguruza. From all of us here,

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