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Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams books final date with Garbine Muguruza

Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams books final date with Garbine Muguruza

Clay is by far Konta's weakest surface and, although she fought back well in the second set, Williams' ability to withstand pressure on her serve proved the difference in the decider.

- Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, seeded 14th, booked her place in the final with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova on Centre Court.

"They're definitely here with me, for sure", said Venus after a 6-3, 7-5 win over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals. I'm going to have to ask her for some pointers.

"I think I played very well". I think my experience was important. She found time to lament the absence of her sister Serena, who is pregnant and taking time away from the game. "It's a win-win situation, frankly, and I'm thrilled for her".

"The actual first time I first saw her was when she was seventeen". Her nail-biting win against Simona Halep on Tuesday was seen by 7.4 million viewers, a record audience for a women's match at Wimbledon according to BBC figures.

Williams ended her losing streak to Konta in Rome in May. Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has spoken about her ability to stay in her "tennis bubble" - and even when faced with the Konta-mania that has blossomed over the fortnight, her focus has never wavered.

The Wimbledon spotlight will shine brighter than ever on Britain's Johanna Konta when she faces American veteran Venus Williams in thesemi-finals on Centre Court on Thursday.

"I love the last day you play, you're still improving. I feel fortunate enough that I took a few of them". Her finals appearance in 2015 was her only time seeing the Wimbledon final previously.

It will be Muguruza's second Wimbledon final. She hit a powerful backhand return and followed it up with a crisp volley at the net to secure the first break of the match.

Venus won her first Wimbledon title in 2001 with her sister Serena Williams in Women's Doubles. One more win would be awesome. What's more, the British public is embracing her like it did when Andy Murray first started to go deep into the Wimbledon tournament about a decade ago.

"I'll be ready no matter who is in front of me", Muguruza said.


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