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Brave Konta overpowered by Venus


Brave Konta overpowered by Venus

Venus Williams ended Johanna Konta's Wimbledon dream with a 6-4 6-2 semi-final victory on Centre Court.

Konta, contesting her first last four match at SW19, started strongly and was in contention throughout the first set until dropping serve in the 10th game, which saw the five-time champion seize the initiative.

Williams saved two break points in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and Konta's failure to make the most of her chance came back to haunt her as the 37-year-old managed to take a 40-0 in the following game.

The British hopeful saved the first set point but Williams was not to be denied as she claimed the first set 6-4 in 40 minutes. Konta found herself in trouble again while serving in the fourth game of the second set as Williams opened up a 40-0 lead. 

The home favourite managed to reduce the deficit to 40-30 but Williams forced the break to take a 3-1 lead. The American star broke again in the eighth game to take the second set 6-2.  Konta did save two match points but Williams proved too strong as she reached her first Wimbledon in eight years.

Speaking to the BBC after her win, she said: "I've played a lot of finals here. One more win will be amazing. It won't be a given but I'll give it my all. The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo. I think Jo handled the pressure. No point was easy. I tried to climb on top and get another point."

Williams, who won her last Wimbledon title in 2008, will face Garbine Muguruza in the SW19 final and is 1/1 to win, while the Spanish star can be backed at 4/5. Muguruza lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final and Venus is expecting a stern test in Saturday's showpiece.

She added: "Both Garbine and I play so well on grass. I'll have to ask Serena for advice. I missed Serena terribly before the match. I wish she was here."

 

 

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