Venus is 5-1 in Grand Slam finals when she doesn't have to face her sister, winning the last five times she avoided Serena in a final.
"I would like to be sitting here enjoying the fact that I would be playing here on Saturday". It's not a given but I'll give it my all. At 37-years-old, a victory would make Venus the oldest Wimbledon champion since 1908. It was truly magnificent, the support that I had.
"If somebody told me before the tournament I'm going to be in semifinal, I'd for sure take it", Rybarikova said. "I think my experience was important". Both semifinals will air, and that coverage should be wrapped up by the early afternoon. Even when she was able to hold in the second, she needed to stave off two break-points to do so.
Konta, playing her first semi-final at SW19, performed well but a determined Williams came through 4-6 2-6.
Early in the first game of the second set, it was clear Konta didn't stand a chance.
"She played so well, no point was easy", added Venus. Then she promptly broke Magdalena's serve and won her own with a forceful forehand that elicited an error from her opponent. She saved a match point but a double fault gave the advantage to Williams, who sealed the match with a forehand winner. She is trying to become the host country's first female champion at the All England Club in 40 years. They have met twice in 2017, first at the Miami Masters, where Konta won in straight sets.
Williams entered the tournament under a cloud of controversy after the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old man who was involved in a Palm Beach car crash with Williams last month.
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