Why did we ever doubt Venus Williams in the first place?

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LONDON — At first glance, the Wimbledon women’s final will be a straightforward affair. Venus Williams against Garbine Muguruza brings us two of the hardest, flattest hitters in the game. Body blows will be thrown until one of them succumbs. Deftness will not rule the day. The winner will most likely be the player slamming the most winners, forcing the most mistakes, winging the most aces.

It’s the story behind the first glance that gives this match intrigue. For all of Muguruza’s prodigious talents, the plotline going into the last match is clear: The entire stage belongs to Venus.

Who could have dreamed any of her career? And who could have dreamed this, her latest act?

Despite her unexpected run to the 2017 Australian Open finals, nothing was expected of her here. Not after her mediocre post-Melbourne results. Not as she played

Article source: http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/20045328/wimbledon-why-did-ever-doubt-venus-williams-first-place

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