Venus Williams Reaches Wimbledon Final At Age 37

Posted July 14, 2017

Five-times champion Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach her first Wimbledon final since 2009 with a clinically-executed 6-4 6-2 victory over home hope Johanna Konta on Thursday.

The match, which was over in a little over an hour, produced very little drama, but provided a hint that Muguruza would be a hard customer to handle in the final if she remains in the same form. "I think it's wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong and have experience". I not seen this before from her at this year's Wimbledon.

"I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is".

Gabriella Konta, a dentist, gets so anxious during her daughter's matches that she can not bear to watch from court side.

At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.

These aren't no-names in Friday's men's semifinals, far from it, but it's the first time since 2003 that all four players in a Grand Slam semifinal are outside the top four in world rankings.

Yet for Williams, they've always been sisters first, competitors second. "Since Wimbledon, she's definitely come into the limelight more and into the viewers' hearts".

She has tried, coach David Witt said, to "just focus on the tennis". She controlled the court, dictated play from inside her baseline and left her opponent scrambling.

That gulf in experience was immediately apparent when Venus broke in the second game and cruised through the first set in serene fashion.

"I don't even remember how I felt (winning the) French Open", Muguruza said. In Paris she beat Liu in the second all-American girls' final since 1980 when Kathy Horvath defeated Kelly Henry.

Johanna Konta admits her first thought after losing her Wimbledon semi-final to Venus Williams was: "Damn, I'm done".

She is temporarily working with a Wimbledon champion and Spain's Fed Cup captain, Conchita Martinez.

The SW19 major has been kind to both sisters, who have turned its manicured lawns into something of a personal fiefdom since the turn of the century.

She added on the BBC: "I'm just thinking I'm playing well and I want to keep it up for the last match I have now, and hopefully it goes my way".

Konta saved two match points before Williams crunched a forehand past the Briton and then twirled in celebration on Centre Court.

She brought up match point with an ace and clinched victory in 75 minutes when the Russian sent her return long.

Winning never gets old for Venus Williams.

Konta made a number of unforced errors as she attempted to tame Williams, but the iconic talent was in top gear as she drove forward.

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