Can Muguruza cause an upset on the Wimbledon stage?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits the ball during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 10, 2015.
Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits the ball during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 10, 2015.
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LONDON - Garbiñe Muguruza will walk into the 2015 Wimbledon final on Saturday to face Serena Williams once again, after having defeated the world number one in a Grand Slam event last year.

The 21-year-old Spaniard rose to new heights in 2014 after she pummelled Williams at the second round of the French Open.

Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 15 years when she defeated Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

She will walk into the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to face Williams, who will be looking to claim her 21st Grand Slam title and become the first woman to land the French Open and Wimbledon back-to-back since 2002.

"To have Serena in the Wimbledon final, I think is the hardest match you can have [but] if you want to win a Grand Slam, when you dream, you say: 'I want Serena in the final.'

"She’s one of the best players in all these years. It’s obviously the best challenge to have," said Muguruza.

Her 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Radwanska and her defeat against Williams will help her in her quest to win the title.

The Spaniard overpowered Radwanska in the first set of their semi-final. Having trailed 3-1 in the second match, Radwanska levelled the match and broke for 1-0 in the third.

Muguruza regained her control to book her spot in Saturday's final.

Although Williams has shrugged off the pressure of securing another Grand Slam title, the American comes into the final 38-1 record in 2015 after defeating her archrival Maria Sharapova.

She is one victory away from holding all four major titles at the same time -- a feat she reached in 2002.

Top-seeded Williams will go into the final having won 2-1 against Muguruza since their previous match.

Muguruza is confident of lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish and claiming the R516-million prize money, but she will have to put on a formidable show to defeat Williams.

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