Wimbledon 2017: Women's results - Semifinals


Should Williams defeat Garbiñe Muguruza in the final, she'll become the oldest women's Grand Slam champion in the Open Era (since 1968). She lost to her younger sister at the 2017 Australian Open at the start of the year and made a decent run at the French Open before falling.

"I missed her so much before this match".

"I've been watching Venus all year and I'm thinking to myself, "I can't believe how well she's playing", Wade said.

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The 37-year-old's sublime display of power-hitting on Centre Court stopped Konta becoming the first British woman to make the final for 40 years and set up a title match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

"She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals", Muguruza, ranked 15th, said of Williams. "It's going to be, like, a historic final again".

The Spanish-Venezuelan star, who eliminated No. 1 Angelique Kerber along the way, tore through Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 6-1, 6-1, in Thursday's opening semifinal, in 64 minutes. "Sometimes I really was great, and she played even better". At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash. So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do. She did it with sparkling spray of points, including a backhand drilled in the corner behind Konta; a 106-mph second serve that tangled up the Briton for an ace; and a tremendous point on which Williams slammed balls to and fro from the baseline until she rocketed a pulled forehand victor up the line. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked.

"She looks to dictate from the very first ball", Konta said.

Wimbledon 2017: Women's results - Semifinals
Wimbledon 2017: Women's results - Semifinals

From then on, Williams applied a slow and suffocating squeeze, mixing up her serves and trying to close out points with groundstrokes that were constantly exploring opportunities to create winners. I thought she handled it well.

"I definitely have a lot more to improve on", Konta said.

Seeded 10th, Williams came into the match 8-1 in her previous nine semifinal appearances at the grass-court major.

Rybarikova had never been beyond the third round in a grand-slam singles tournament before last week, but the magnitude of the occasion appeared to get to her and Muguruza took advantage as the Slovakian froze. It was not my best day. Jo gave it her all.

Muguruza recorded 22 winners against just 11 unforced errors in the quick match.

Muguruza rushed to a 3-0 lead, with a double break, to put the contest far beyond her opponent as she stormed into the semi-finals in little over an hour. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros a year ago.

No. 10 Venus Williams def. "Serena's always in my corner". Now a more experienced Muguruza has another chance at the top prize, playing against older Williams sister, Venus.

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