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

14 Juillet 2017

Looking at the line-up for Thursday's women's semi-finals, she tipped Spain's Garbine Muguruza to go on and win her first Wimbledon title.

Twenty years removed from her Wimbledon debut, ageless Venus Williams defied the odds and reached the tournament final with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Britain's best player, Johanna Konta.

Venus, eyeing her eighth Grand Slam title, ended Britain's hope for a local women's single champion since Virginia Wade in 1977 and any hope of a British champion in the singles this year as she ousted Konta on the heels of Andy Murray's shocking defeat in the previous round.

The 37-year-old was demonstrating a sublime display of power-hitting and clinically broke her opponent's resistance in the fourth game of the second set before a solid hold of serve enabled her to inch closer. "Well, I guess it's just incredibly humbling".

"So I think experience can either work against you or for you".

Williams leads Muguruza 3-1 head-to-head but lost their last tussle, this year in Rome.

'It's going to be, you know, like a historic final again'.

One lovely lob from Rybarikova and another drop shot-lob-volley combination had the crowd on their feet but they were just fleeting glimpses of her talent as Muguruza closed out the match. But in terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable. She showed a lot of courage, played in tough situations against players who were in form, " Williams said. I couldn't ask for more, but I'll ask for a little more! "I wish she could do this for me". She is the first British woman to reach the top four in nearly 40 years. "I miss Serena terribly". Muguruza has the experience of playing in and winning a Wimbledon semi-final to draw on, whereas this is Rybarikova's first time in the second week let alone the semi-finals. They have also played on grass before, that match coming in 2015 in Birmingham.

Konta, who moved from Sydney to Europe when she was 13, credits much of her new-found mental toughness to her former mind coach Juan Coto, who took his own life past year but whose spirit remains very much with the Brit.

If there was one doubt about Muguruza it was whether the strapping on her left thigh might restrict her mobility, but there was no evidence at all that it did.

"One more win would be awesome", Williams said in her post-match interview.

It wouldn't be the last time Williams came up with that serve, Konta turning away when a similar serve followed in the second set. On the second, an excellent 106-mile-per-hour second serve into the body gave Konta no chance. But with Serena Williams absent during her pregnancy, this time Venus Williams, ranked No. 11, will see the player often deemed the most formidable during this particular tournament, Garbine Muguruza, ranked No. 15. "Venus and Serena gave a lot to women's tennis", Henin said.

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