Veterans in Wimbledon Finals

Williams and Federer playing for more titles

By Roger Childs

She’s 37 and he’s nearly 36.

On the way to this year’s ladies and gentlemen’s finals they’ve each beaten seven younger talented players.

If Roland Garros is the most colourful grand slam, Wimbledon with all its history and tradition, is probably the most prestigious.

After the riot of colour in Paris, on the London courts the players are required to wear white from top to toe. And that’s how they’ll appear in the finals.

It’s Venus not Serena!

Serena won last year.

I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers. Serena’s always in my corner. And usually it’s her in these finals. Venus Williams

Serena won last year and that was her fifth Wimbledon title in the last 8 years. Older sister Venus has tended to be in her shadow in recent years but did make the Australian Open final back in January.

However, you have to go back to Wimbledon 2008, for Venus’s last grand slam win. Can she add to her total of seven?

Muguruza won in Paris last year.

She is up against the hard hitting  Garbiñe Muguruza who won her semi final 6-1 6-1. The Spaniard also put out top seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.  Muguruza won the French Open last year.

Williams was not expected to reach the final as her 10th ranking indicates, however she easily disposed of  the last British hope, Johanna Konta in her semi-final 6-4 6-2.

It’s a tough final to pick: age is on the Spaniard’s side,  but the American has Wimbledon experience dating back to 2000. As Muguruza herself says: She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals. (Venus has been a finalist eight times.)

 Federer back for more

Keen to win a 19th grand slam

The Swiss maestro has been in 11 finals and won seven of them. The legendary Pete Sampras also has seven Wimbledon titles so that will be an incentive for Federer.

Back in 2012 many tennis writers felt that Roger Federer probably wouldn’t win another grand slam, especially with the competition from Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and a host of other talented younger players.

However in that year, he beat British hope Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final. Then in 2014 and 2015 he was the runner up to Novak Djokovic. Last year he had a mixed year and spent some time out with injury.

He has roared back in 2017 beating Nadal in a thriller in the Australian Open to claim his record breaking 18th grand slam. This was followed with tournament wins in Miami, Indian Wells and Halle.

2014 winner of the US Open

Grass is his favourite surface, and so far in this year’s Wimbledon he has not lost a set in seven rounds.

Can he go all the way? Standing in his path is strong serving Marin Čilić. The Croatian beat Federer in the 2o14 US Open semi-final before going on to take the title.

The Swiss will be keen to reverse that result and certainly has the form to win his 19th grand slam. However Čilić is a very good player and the crowd should be in for an exciting contest.