"It's a big change because it was new to me back then".
Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years after she over-powered Britain's Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2.
Martina Hingis, one of the few contemporaries of Williams still playing, albeit in doubles, said of her former rival: "It's amazing". So that magic is still happening. I think it was all credit to her.
Williams will be seeking a sixth Wimbledon singles title Saturday against Garbine Muguruza, who advanced to the final at the All England Club by beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.
Men may be from Mars but elite, enduring champions are definitely called Venus. The match lasted one hour and four minutes, Rybarikova winning just two games and broken five times out of seven.
Well, the stats might have unnerved Konta if this keen baker wasn't such a tough cookie. I have one more match that I'd like to be the winner of. The pattern continued throughout the quick rout. First be judged as responsible, emerging evidence has demonstrated the beginning of July that she was driving "legally".
Muguruza, the 14th seed, said she felt far better mentally prepared for the final this time. So many of them intertwined with Serena. It means a lot.
"Obviously I was a little bit nervous in the beginning", Rybarikova admitted.
"When I reached the final in 2015, and when I won the French Open, I could feel the difference between winning a grand slam and not winning".
The seventh-seeded Croat finished the match with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve.
This seemed like the pivotal moment. "She deserved to win completely this match". I would be so close. There's no plan, I don't plan.
Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza will meet in the Wimbledon women's singles final at the end of an intriguing and open draw. "Only one's going to win. I'm trying to do the things she would do". "In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot", Muguruza said.
Muguruza is bidding to become the first Spanish woman to win Wimbledon since her current coach Conchita Martinez won the title in 1994, and the second Spaniard to win Wimbledon in Open Era history.
She said: "I think my mind is more equipped this time because the more experience you get, the more you know how to deal with these situations, because they're very special".
Then a dramatic game.
Williams has done great work with both her forehand and second serve at Wimbledon.
Konta simply had to break back immediately but couldn't put her chances away.
Marin Cilic is serving to Sam Querrey in the opening game on Centre Court. The Spaniard mirror the same result in her round of 64 match against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer (6-2, 6-4) and set her focus on more challenging prospects.