Venus Williams has her eyes set on the sixth Wimbledon title as she defeated Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals of Women’s Singles. Britain’s sixth seed Konta proved no match to the former champion. Williams will now be up against Garbine Muguruza, who defeated Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 earlier.
26-year-old Konta was looking to become the first British woman in a Wimbledon singles final since 1977. Apparently, her hopes were dashed as the veteran looked in good touch. Also Check- Wimbledon 2017 Women’s Singles Semfinals- As it Happened
Williams, 37, is now the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994. This is the ninth entry into the finals for Williams. She won her first Wimbledon title in 2000, fifth in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2009.
Konta after losing the opening game in the opening set bounced back to take the subsequent game. However, Williams kept chipping away with the lead eventually making it 6-4.
The second set was no different as five-time champion maintained the lead throughout. In sixth game Konta, 4-1 down, won with a backhand winner. And it looked she will put up the fight. However, Williams won the next two games to win the second set 6-2. Also Read- Garbine Muguruza: All You Need to Know About The Wimbledon 2017 Finalist
Williams post match said that her experience helped her outplay the ‘crowd favourite’. “I couldn’t have asked for more but I’ll ask for more. One more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all. I know [the crowd] love Jo and she gave it her all today. I think my experience helped a lot. I’m just so happy.” Williams told official broadcaster after the match.
“Both Garbine and I play so well on grass. I’ll have to ask Serena [who defeated Muguruza in the 2015 final] for advice. I missed Serena terribly before the match. I wish she could do this for me,” she added.