Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to gain her ninth final at the All England Club.
“I’ve played a lot of finals here, it’s been a blessing,” Williams said. “I can’t ask for more, but I want a little more.”
The 37 year old is attempting to become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era, since 1968.
Konta had two break point opportunities at 4-4 in the opening set, and that was all she had as the American came back to wrap-up the first set, then ran away with the second, booming body serves that left the Brit falling out of the way.
Venus in the final will meet No. 14 seed and former Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, who rolled over unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.
“I wasn’t expecting anything because you never know how it’s going to go,” Muguruza said after the match. “I saw her play before. I saw she was playing very good, very talented. I just expected myself to be ready as much as I could. Maybe the score did look maybe more easier than actually playing during the games.”
Rybarikova had upended world No. 2 Karolina Pliskova in the second round, and No. 24 CoCo Vandewehge in the quarters, but had no answers for the Spaniard’s 22 winners to only 11 unforced errors in a little over an hour.
“If somebody told me before the tournament I’m going to be in semifinal, I’d for sure take it,” Rybarikova said. “You tell me I’m going to lose 6-1, 6-1…Obviously it’s very short after the match, and I’m a little bit disappointed. But it’s still great. Maybe it’s even better. Can you imagine I had lost 8-6 in the third? That would crazy for me. I would be so close. But I was not that close today. She deserved to win completely this match.”
Venus has won three of their four career meetings, but Muguruza won their most recent on clay this year at Rome in three sets.
“Facing Venus, she won here, like, five times,” Muguruza said. “She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals. It’s going to be, you know, like a historic final again.”
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