Serena Williams is drawing inspiration from fellow ageless sporting wonders Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as she attempts to etch her name in tennis folklore with a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown.
The stakes couldn't be higher as the oldest grand slam finalist in 50 years of professional tennis takes on Romanian trailblazer Simona Halep in Saturday's title match.
After two missed opportunities last year, victory over Halep would at last draw Williams level with Australian Margaret Court with the most majors ever won in more than a century of grand slam competition.
Turning 38 in September, time appears to be running out for Williams, not that the American thinks so.
The seven-times All England Club champion - who also boasts seven Australian Open crowns, six US Open titles and three French Open trophies - pointed out she wasn't the only sporting marvel excelling into their 30s and 40s these days.
Men's finalist Federer is actually a month older than Williams, while Woods defied the doubters to win this year's Masters at 43 and after countless back and knee surgeries.
"Technology has really changed. That's the only reason I'm able to compete," Williams said.
"I feel like if we had this technology 20 years ago, maybe Michael Jordan would still be playing basketball. I just feel like we know so much more about our bodies.
"Things I do different now than when I first was on tour, it's lengthening my career. It's not just me, it's Roger. (NFL stars) Tom Brady, Peyton (Manning) played forever.
"There are so many athletes now that are able to do better and play longer, even play some of their best way after 30s.
"Those athletes, Tiger obviously, what he did at the Masters, was on top of my mind.
"Those athletes are incredibly inspiring. That's one thing that keeps me moving forward."
Williams has banished the memories of last year's Wimbledon final loss to Angelique Kerber and her bitter defeat to Naomi Osaki in New York, when Court's 24 slams were also within her grasp.
"I don't remember much," she said of falling to Kerber barely nine months after giving birth to daughter Olympia and subsequently suffering a pulmonary embolism that left her bedridden for six weeks.
"I just remember I was tired and Angie played unbelievable. I actually was sad but I was also proud of myself.
"There was nothing I could do in that match. I did everything I could. Physically I just wasn't there.
"I remember after that I just trained and I trained and I trained to get physically more fit.
"So I'm definitely at a different place."
With a 9-1 winning record over Halep, losing quarter-finalist Johanna Konta might call Williams patronising for saying she has enormous respect for Romania's first-ever women's Wimbledon finalist.
But it is a respect borne from a crushing 6-0 6-2 loss to Halep at the 2014 WTA Tour Finals.
"The biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had. I never forgot it. She played unbelievable," Williams said.
"That makes me know that level she played at, she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.
"There's so many impressive things about her. Obviously her tenacity, her ability to improve every time, just to keep improving," Williams said.
"Her ability to find power. Can't underestimate her. She's like a little powerhouse.
"Obviously she finished the year No.1 twice in a row. I feel like she's back. She wants to prove that she can do it again."