Williams has not won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008 but could become the oldest woman to do so in the Open era by beating Muguruza on Centre Court.
The 37-year-old American will overtake sister Serena’s record – set when she was 35 by winning the Australian Open in January – by winning her sixth SW19 title.
But Williams does not believe her age is relevant against 23-year-old Muguruza, who lost to Serena in the 2015 Wimbledon final.
“I don’t think about my age,” Williams said. “It is not a factor.”
1pm: We have ONE HOUR to go until the women’s final, ladies and gents.
Right now Centre Court has its roof on, but Wimbledon organisers will give it as much time as possible for the rain to subside before deciding to play this match indoors.
The match referee will make a final decision in about 15 minutes…
12:53: This one looks almost too close to call.
The best odds you can get on Muguruza winning are 9/10, while Venus’ are just sightly longer at 11/10.
Unlike Venus, the bookies seem to think her age is a factor.
And punters are pretty evenly split, with Oddschecker saying 50.8 per cent have bet on Muguruza with 49.2 per cent going for Williams.
GARBINE MUGURUZA V VENUS WILLIAMS – Wimbledon final live updates
12.45pm: It is rainy and damp at Wimbledon right now, with play being delayed on the outside courts until 1.15pm.
That won’t effect the women’s final though, with the retractable roof covering the court in preparation.
12.36pm: So what time does the women’s final start?
2pm, a later time than the traditional 1pm start for the women’s final.
The match is likely to last around two hours so could finish by 4pm, but in reality it completely depends on how the games go.
12.24pm: Venus has had a bizarre build-up to the Wimbledon final. Firstly her sister, usually by her side at the All England Club, is not here this year because she is pregnant.
And last month Venus was involved in a fatal car crash, breaking down in her first press conference of these championships when asked about the accident.
The 37-year-old has had a lot on her plate, having battled back after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011, to play arguably some of her best ever tennis.
12.10pm: Standing in Venus’ way is Venezuela-born Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Muguruza lost to Serena in the 2015 Wimbledon final, her first in a Grand Slam.
The 23-year-old has since won the French Open (2016) and believes she is now ready to lift the Wimbledon title.
“My mind is more equipped this time,” Muguruza said ahead of her battle with Venus.
12.04pm: Venus Williams broke British hearts to make this Wimbledon final, seeing off Johanna Konta in the semi-finals.
Venus was just too strong for the Australian-born ace, who had become the bookies’ tip to win the tournament after making the last-four.
But in the absence of sister Serena, who is not competing at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant, Venus will feel it is now her time to shine at the All England Club.
Source : EXPRESS