WIMBLEDON, England — The only way to know how you will handle a first Grand Slam final is to wake up in the morning, feel the hope and tension rise, walk onto the court with the cameras clicking and the crowd buzzing, and actually play that first Grand Slam final.
No matter how much composure and confidence Garbiñe Muguruza has projected at Wimbledon this year, no matter how many top 10 players and establishment figures she has eliminated, it is impossible to know whether the protocol and the occasion will prove too much for her and her high-risk game to manage on Saturday afternoon at the All England Club.
Even if Muguruza, 21, does remain calm and carry on, the task at hand could not be tougher. Her opponent in her first major final is Serena Williams, the greatest player of this era and, increasingly, any era.
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