Wimbledon: Venus ends Konta's run, makes first final in 8 years

14 July, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Wim Fissette

Johanna Konta became the first British female player in 40 years to advance to Wimbledon Semis when she defeated top rated Simona Halep in the quarter finals which held yesterday.

Konta has won three of her five previous meetings against Williams and is looking ahead to their sixth encounter.

Williams, 37, is now the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

Venus won her first Wimbledon title in 2001 with her sister Serena Williams in Women's Doubles.

A "super-confident" Garbine Muguruza is hoping words of wisdom from Conchita Martinez will inspire her to a first Wimbledon title after she eased into the final by hammering Magdalena Rybarikova.

Earlier, in the first semifinal Muguruza strode on to Centre Court with a heavily strapped left thigh.

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Konta's one chance to upset Williams came in the ninth game of the first set when the Briton crafted two break points, but Williams saved the first with a backhand victor and launched a 106mph second serve to level the score at deuce.

When she repeated the feat in the fourth game of the second the final moved into view, Williams unrelenting as she broke Konta again to see out for the match, proving she remains more than a match for anyone - particularly on grass.

Justin Sherring, who runs Weybridge Tennis Academy, first coached Johanna Konta when she was 19.

"I am very happy and very pleased to be representing Great Britain, that is my home", Konta said, according to The Independent.

"This was my second grand slam semi-final and it was her 202nd I bet so she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did". "You tell me I'm going to lose 6-1, 6-1". Even though I beat her before, but still, she didn't give me today chances.

"I couldn't have asked for more but I'll ask for more", Williams said after the match. I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is. The crowd were very nice to me. Serena was 35-plus when she won the title a year ago. I tried to do the things she would do. "I want to win whoever I face".

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