Venus Williams Powers Her Way Into Wimbledon Finals


Magdalena Rybarikova, who was crushed by Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday, said she was exhausted and nervous going into the match and had no idea how to respond to her opponent's superb shot-making.

And today the 26-year-old plays Venus Williams on Centre Court in the Wimbledon semi-finals, an achievement that has not been matched since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five-time champion Williams is into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009.

If she emulates Serena's win over Muguruza in the 2015 final, Williams will also keep the trophy in the family and earn world sport's most successful siblings a remarkable 13th Wimbledon singles crown in 17 years.

Adapting to the grass courts of south-west London hadn't been so easy for Konta, who won just one match in her previous five visits to Wimbledon. Magdalena Rybarikova, from Slovakia, was the lowest ranked Wimbledon semifinalist in nine years. Clay is by far Konta's weakest surface and, although she fought back well in the second set, Williams' ability to withstand pressure on her serve proved the difference in the decider.

Venus, who is in Wimbledon without her younger sister, Serena, will meet Garbine Muguruza in the final on Saturday.

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"They're definitely here with me, for sure", Williams said.

"He was someone who approached his work with me in a very holistic manner".

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

"Conchita [Martinez, her coach] knows how to win here and hopefully she can tell me something - she has been helping me all the time with her experience and her tips".

"Of course I'm excited about being again in another final". It won't be a given but I'll give it my all. Williams, a four-time Olympic champion and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, also is now the winningest active player at Wimbledon with a record of 87-14, moving past sister Serena at 86-10.

"I felt the crowd was really nice to me". I couldn't ask for more, but I'll ask for a little more! Williams is at 2.10 for the win, while Konta is the favorites at 1.72. "In that sense, I guess it makes it that much sweeter", she said. If I decide to walk out on the court, I try to just compete that day.