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With big little sister absent, Venus is doing it for herself

With big little sister absent, Venus is doing it for herself

Magdalena Rybarikova, who was crushed by Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday, said she was exhausted and nervous going into the match and had no idea how to respond to her opponent's superb shot-making.

Konta had chances, particularly towards the end of the first set when she opened up two break points at 4-4.

The straight-set win allowed Williams to become only the second 37-year-old in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach a major final, joining Martina Navratilova (1994 Wimbledon).

After Thursday's win, Williams said she had also been thinking about her sister, Serena, who skipped this year's Wimbledon because she's in the final trimester of her pregnancy.

Preceding the Briton and the American onto court will be Spanish 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, a finalist in 2015, and unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. The American prevailed 6-4 6-2 to storm into the final on Saturday [15 July] where she will face Garbine Murguruza.

Konta's one chance to upset Williams came in the ninth game of the first set when the Briton crafted two break points, but Williams saved the first with a backhand victor and launched a 106mph second serve to level the score at deuce.

"Facing Venus, she won here, like, five times", Muguruza said prior to Williams' victory.

For Williams, if she were to pull off the unbelievable comeback, it would be her first major title since 2008. My experienced helped. She played so well and I just tried to climb on top with every point.

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"I think it's going to be a great final, no matter what".

Wade was happy to see her record go, saying: "I'm just surprised it's taken so long".

In the first match, Djokovic was up a break in the third set when he asked for a medical timeout and a trainer examined and stretched his right shoulder.

Two of the three times Konta has won titles she has beaten Williams along the way, which could bode well this week. I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is.

Such a sum is more than seven times larger than Konta's combined Wimbledon earnings before this year's tournament.

"I feel my opponents have pushed me, and I in turn them, and to create such a sporting excitement for the crowd makes it very special".

Justin Sherring, Konta's former tennis coach, told Sky News that his former pupil can realise her Wimbledon dream.

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