Venus Williams outclasses Johanna Konta to reach Wimbledon final

Becomes oldest finalist at SW19 in 23 years

Venus Williams
Venus Williams celebrates beating Johanna Konta of Britian during their women’s semi-final at Wimbledon. Photo Credit: AFP

Venus Williams has advanced to the final of Wimbledon after outclassing British number one, Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-2.

Venus, who has won Wimbledon five times, became the oldest finalist at SW19 in twenty three years, as she eased past Konya into her ninth final at the All England Club in 73 minutes.

Konta was bidding to become the first British woman finalist in four decades, but met an inspired Venus, who rolled back the years on Centre Court.

With the first set level at 4-4, Venus saved two break points, to lead 5-4, before breaking Konta in the tenth game to take a one set to love lead.

In the second, as Konta was broken again by the 37-year-old American in the fourth game, to take a 3-1 advantage.

At 5-4, with Venus leading, and Konta serving to stay in the match, the Brit double faulted, handing Venus three match points, with the American wasting no time in clinching victory with a brilliant forehand winner in the first.

“One more win would be amazing,” an elated Venus said moments after the match.

“It won’t be a given, I’ll give it my all. I couldn’t have asked for more, but i’ll ask for more,” she added.

Standing between Venus and a sixth title at Wimbledon is Gabrine Muguruza, the 2015 finalist, who annihilated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to stay on course to become the first Spanish winner at SW19 in twenty three years.

Muguruza
Garbine Muguruza is bidding to become the first Spanish woman in over twenty years to win at Wimbledon. Photo Credit: AFP

“I always stare at the wall where there are all the names of the previous winners,” Muguruza said, ahead the final.

“In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot. So, I look forward to putting a Spanish name back there,” she added.

Only one Spaniard had ever won the Wimbledon title, Conchita Martinez, who is Muguruza’s coach at SW19.

However, for Venus, she will be consulting sister, Serena, herself a seven-time Wimbledon champion, for tips on how to beat Muguruza, who lost to Serena at the final of the 2015 edition.

“Garbine and i play so well on grass,” Venus said. “I’ll have to ask Serene who played her [the] last time.”

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