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Venus smashes path to final

14 Juillet 2017

Britain's Johanna Konta has been knocked out of Wimbledon by Venus Williams in the women's singles semi-finals.

That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points, including breaking Konta's serve to close out the first set.

Konta was playing in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time. "Sometimes I really was great, and she played even better". Before Thursday's Centre Court clash, Rybarikova had won 17 out of 18 matches on grass this year, albeit at lower-level tournaments (in Surbiton, Ilkley and Nottingham), after returning from a long-term injury layoff. "I know my game is hard for another opponent", Rybarikova, who has a strong serve and relies on her whiplash forehand, had never been past the third round of a major until last week. And exit she did as Rybarikova played one of the matches of her life to upset Pliskova, who many fancied for the title.

"I missed her so much before this match", Venus Williams said. I couldn't ask for more, but I'll ask for a little more! I thought the crowd was so fair. After losing the first set of the tournament to Qiang Wang, Williams rolled through Elise Mertens, Naomi Osaka and Ana Konjuh without dropping a set. She must be considered the favorite in their meeting due to her experience.

To bow out of a Slam semi-final under such dominance was and she admitted to feeling very disappointed, but context is everything. "It was her 202nd, I bet", Konta said. I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have. But I was not that close today.

Winning never gets old for Venus Williams.

The 37-year-old American has warmed to the task at the tournament this year, finding a rhythm not seen from her since her glory days.

And Venus revealeded she will get some advice from her younger sister ahead of the contest.

Triumphant in 2000-1, '05 and '07-8, Williams is competing at the All England Club for the 20th time.

She is the first Spanish woman to reach more than one Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the 1990s.

Striking with menacing ambition, Muguruza roared through 10 of the first 11 games demolishing Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-1, charging into her second Wimbledon final in the last three years.

Seeded 14th, Muguruza buried Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 to reach her second All England Club final.

She fired down a double fault to be broken for 2-0 and despite coming back from 0-40 down in the fourth game she could not keep Muguruza down who broke again on the fifth break point.

They are both tall, power players with big serves who also cover the court with aplomb.

The country's hopes had rested on her shoulders after defending men's champion Andy Murray lost to Sam Querrey on Wednesday.

Venus smashes path to final