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Williams knocks Konta out of Wimbledon with semi-final win

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Spencer Simpson | 14 July, 2017, 00:32

American Venus Williams showed her trademark poise en route to victory over England's Johanna Konta in the women's semifinal of Wimbledon on Thursday.

"There's a lot of good players out there but it would insane for me to not think she can top all of them". Then it was like, "Oh okay, well, I'm done".

"It was very hard for me to get a good foothold in the match".

Rybarikova added: "It was very, very tough for me".

The sixth seed should now be contented with breaking into the top five for the first time in the next rankings. Two quick breaks of serve in the second set aided by some bodyline play on the part of Venus ended Konta's campaign in this edition of the tournament.

On Saturday the older Williams will seek to become the oldest major victor in the women's game since it turned professional, eclipsing her sister's record.

"I think what Venus and her sister [Serena] have given our sport is absolutely tremendous", she said. "So I just have to be more relaxed maybe next time, if I would ever be again in semifinal, or to have such matches".

Adapting to the grass courts of south-west London hadn't been so easy for Konta, who won just one match in her previous five visits to Wimbledon. "It's been a blessing", Williams said. I'd like to think that I'm doing the same.

"But in terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable".

Konta has earned $5.1m (£3.9m) in her career to date, with $1.9m (£1.4m) pocketed this year ahead of Wimbledon.

"Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now".

Muguruza was beaten by Serena Williams in her first grand slam final at the All England Club two years ago, but will get another chance to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday.

The Spaniard lost 6-4 6-4 to Serena in the title match two years ago before turning the tables on the 23-times major victor to land her maiden grand slam title at last year's French Open.

"She just gets too nervous watching me live", Konta said. "It won't be a given, but I'm going to give it my all", Venus said.

Venus also reached the Australian Open final in January, but eventually lost to her sister Serena. "I feel fortunate enough that I took a few of them". I know [the crowd] loves Jo and she gave it her all today.

Serena Williams is pregnant and taking time off from the tour.

"She played so well".

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