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Venus William went from a life threatening crash to the Wimbledon Final!!

LONDON — Winning never gets old for Venus Williams.

The 37-year-old American ended the hopes of Britain’s Johanna Konta in the women’s semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Centre Court on Thursday.

Williams will be seeking a sixth Wimbledon singles title Saturday against Garbine Muguruza, who advanced to the final at the All England Club by beating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.

If Williams wins Saturday, she would be the oldest women’s Grand Slam champion in the Open era (since 1968). She’s the oldest women’s finalist in any Grand Slam since Martina Navratilova reached the Wimbledon final in 1994.

“I’ve played in a lot of finals here,” Williams said in her televised interview after the match. “It’s been a blessing. I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. One more win would be amazing.

“It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all.”

With the first set tied 4-4, Konta had two break points, but Williams used her big serve to gamely fight back and win the game against the 26-year-old Brit, who was just 1-5 in her Wimbledon career before this fortnight.

Williams then took advantage of three unforced errors by Konta in the next game to win the set.

It was the first time in 20 games that Konta, who was bidding to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Virginia Wade won in 1977, had failed to hold serve.

Williams continued to hold serve in the second set — she’s won 12 consecutive service games entering Saturday’s final — en route to reaching her ninth Wimbledon singles final and first since 2009.

“She played so well,” Williams said of Konta. “No point was easy. I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point.”

The 10th-seeded American is 9-1 in Wimbledon semifinals over 20 appearances at the grass-court major, with her only loss coming last year. She has an overall singles record of 87-14 at the All England Club and won her titles in 2000, ’01, ’05, ’07 and ’08.

Muguruza won the first five games of the first set, facing only one break point and saving it. She then broke twice to open the second set and take a 4-0 lead.

 

“I think I played very well, for sure,” Muguruza said in her televised interview after the match. “It was a tricky match. [Rybarikova] was playing very good during the tournament, and I think today I stepped out on the court super confident and everything went well.”

Muguruza is now 3-0 in Grand Slam semifinal matches.

“I definitely want to win,” Muguruza said, “no matter who is front of me.”

Rybarikova entered Thursday’s match with an 18-1 record on grass this season, including a run to the semifinals in Nottingham. She also won two lower-level events.

Muguruza, 23, who is playing at Wimbledon for the fifth time, has dropped the least number of games at this year’s tournament, losing only 39 so far.

Source: espn

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