With Venus on horizon, Wimbledon spotlight shines on Konta

Twenty years removed from her Wimbledon debut, ageless Venus Williams defied the odds and reached the tournament final with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Britain's best player, Johanna Konta.

Muguruza, who is seeded 14th, will meet the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who beat American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3 in a rain-delayed contest to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time. Five-time champion Williams broke in game 10 of the opening set after saving break points at 4-4 before a second break early in the second confirmed her 87 career win at the All-England Club.

Venus Williams last graced Centre Court in a Wimbledon singles final in 2009, since when she's got used to playing the supporting role for sister Serena in four triumphant All England Club campaigns.

At the Australian Open previous year, Konta reached her only pervious major semifinal, beating Williams in the first round.

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Play on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the women's semifinals has started.

After losing the hard fought first set by 6-7, Konta was again at the brink of losing the second set but she fought back valiantly to seal it by 7-6.

"I have to say Garbine played an incredible match - I mean, I've never seen her play that well". One more win will be unbelievable. I'll have to see what happens in the final.

Sydney-born Konta had been hoping to become the first British women's finalist since Virginia Wade in 1970.

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"I just tried to get one point after another and wow it was done".

'I mean, I think I definitely have a lot more to improve on. "It won't be a given, but I'm going to give it my all", Venus said. "She deserved to win completely this match".

"Obviously it's very short after the match, and I'm a little bit disappointed. So when people ask where I'm from, and where is home - that is where it is".

Wimbledon hero Johanna Konta's former coach from Weybridge has praised his former charge's "knockout power" and the mental strength that has become her "absolute weapon".

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"Konta-Mania. I didn't hear that before", Konta said when told about fans wearing T-shirts bearing her name. "I will only ever try to do that in a positive way". "I feel like she wants these majors, she'll have an opportunity".


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