Twenty years after her debut, Venus Williams, 37, reaches ninth Wimbledon final

Twenty years after her debut, Venus Williams, 37, reaches ninth Wimbledon final

Twenty years after her debut, Venus Williams, 37, reaches ninth Wimbledon final

Johanna Konta beat Simona Halep in the quarter-final match to become the first British ladies' semi-finalist at Wimbledon after Virginia Wade in 1977.

The sixth seed should now be contented with breaking into the top five for the first time in the next rankings.

The straight-set win allowed Williams to become only the second 37-year-old in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach a major final, joining Martina Navratilova (1994 Wimbledon). Only one Spaniard has previously lifted the Wimbledon women's title - Conchita Martinez, who has been coaching Muguruza at this tournament and cheered her to victory in her semi-final. Muguruza was beaten by Serena 6-4, 6-4 in the 2015 Wimbledon final. Magdalena Rybarikova, from Slovakia, was the lowest ranked Wimbledon semifinalist in nine years.

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.

Konta after losing the opening game in the opening set bounced back to take the subsequent game.

"She showed a lot of courage, played in tough situations against players who were in form".

At the Australia Open in 2016, Konta attempted to clarify any confusion about her nationality.

"But more importantly actually, I feel very, very happy and very excited for the battles that I've got to have so far in these Championships. I think it was all credit to her".

"It's something that is greater than me and obviously just my focus on my match and my performance, and trying to improve. She's a very talented player and was playing very good in the tournament but today I was super-confident and everything went well", the 14th seed told the BBC following her demolition of the unseeded Slovakian.

"I felt the crowd was really nice to me".

Desperate to keep the trophy in the family with her pregnant sister Serena unable to defend her crown, Williams was merciless in taking out the sentimental favourite in one hour and 13 minutes.

'I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I just have to be more relaxed and more belief in myself.

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