Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Venus Williams, 37, reaches first Wimbledon final since 2009

Venus Williams, 37, reaches first Wimbledon final since 2009

Her 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over the Briton was a clinical execution and set up a Saturday showdown with Garbine Muguruza, whose own ruthless demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova whetted the appetite for an intriguing final.

Serena Williams, who missed the ongoing Wimbledon due to pregnancy, has said that she felt like she was there with her elder sister Venus Williams throughout her journey to her ninth finals of the grass-court tournament.

It was perhaps all the more disappointing that Konta should lose just as many had started to believe she could win, not only against Williams but the whole tournament.

"I want to keep it up for my last match and hopefully it goes well". Venus, 37, the oldest finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, didn't say age was a number, she showed it in a compelling exhibition of courage and character.

All business, Garbine Muguruza is refusing to compare her imperious grasscourt form to her charge to last year's French Open crown as she closes in on Wimbledon glory. "In the past years, you see the Williams surname a lot", Muguruza said.

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"Maybe I just relaxed myself". And she's one match from winning her sixth career Wimbledon, long after the time-2012 to be exact-that people thought she was finished.

Konta was playing in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time. On the other hand, Slovakia's Rybarikova outplayed Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semis.

"I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I like to think it's working for me". "I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have". Obviously it's very short after the match, and I'm a little bit disappointed. "I feel like I've been there for the whole journey", Serena said. There's a lot of things I can still get better at, which is exciting for me and exciting for my team. "It was 6-1, 6-1, but still I made an wonderful run here to the semifinals".

Williams will need all her energy in the final against Muguruza, who has been hitting hard and consistent shots in every match.

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