History on line as Konta faces Venus showdown in Wimbledon semis

History on line as Konta faces Venus showdown in Wimbledon semis

History on line as Konta faces Venus showdown in Wimbledon semis

That she would repeat the "Serena Slam" once again by winning the Wimbledon in 2015 is as much a testament to her longevity as it is to gulf between her and her opponents.

Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years yesterday as the American star ended Johanna Konta's history bid with a masterful 6-4, 6-2 win.

With Serena absent from Wimbledon while she prepares to have her first child later this year, Venus has seized the opportunity to impose her ferocious will to win on a series of opponents nearly half her age. Muguruza won the only past match at a major, 14-12 in the third set at the Australian Open in 2013.

"I played a lot of finals here, so I couldn't ask for more, but one more win would be awesome", Williams said. "It's been a blessing". I'll have to ask her. "One more would be awesome", Venus said.

If Williams wins Saturday, she would be the oldest women's Grand Slam champion in the Open era (since 1968).

Williams, now 37 and counted out as a legitimate Grand Slam contender for the better part of the last five years, moves to within one win of becoming the oldest female Grand Slam victor in Open Era history with her victory. "I wish she was here".

"In terms of the home support, I feel very excited and very humbled by it".

Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, Konta didn't moved to the United Kingdom until she was 14, but regardless of her heritage she has been adopted as one of their own by the Wimbledon fans. "I try really hard".

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"I was thinking you know, I said right at the beginning, it's sad she couldn't come through on an anniversary year", Wade said on the BBC. "I'd like to think that I can continue to rely on that as the matches continue".

That would be an especially sweet moment for Venus, who has had to deal with a debilitating autoimmune disease for years, as well as her accidental involvement in a tragic vehicle crash that killed an elderly man in Florida last month.

Inspired by her decision to hire compatriot Conchita Martinez as her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Muguruza has enjoyed a revival of her own over the last fortnight. "I think it was all credit to her".

"I'm sure she's confident and determined", Williams said.

The American, who has seven grand slam singles titles in total, is the subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit over the accident.

Rybarikova, who was coming into the match with an 18-1 record on grass this season, started nervously and lost the first five games in 25 minutes. "She dictated the match from the very first ball till the very last one".

Muguruza is coached by Conchita Martinez, the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon in 1994, and her compatriot s knowledge has helped make her a formidable force on grass.

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