Venus powers past Konta into ninth Wimbledon final


Five-time champion Venus Williams joined 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza in the final of Wimbledon with a comprehensive victory over home favorite Johanna Konta.

The first set went with serve until its final stage, when the sixth-seeded Konta didn’t convert her two break points and Williams won eight of last nine points from 4-4 15-40 down to close it out on her second set point, as Konta’s backhand sailed a bit long. A bad scoreline only brought the best out of the 37-year-old Williams, as the American neutralized the mentioned break points with a backhand winner, a 106 mph second serve and a forehand winner. The second set was more straightforward, as the tenth-seeded Williams faced no break points and confidently won 6-4 6-2 to progress into the final at her 20th Wimbledon appearance.

After the semifinal, the 26-year-old Konta, who is projected to crack the Top 5 in the WTA rankings, had nothing but praise for Williams’ game:

The few opportunities that I did get, she did incredibly well to take them away from me. I don’t think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her.

Williams, who is now into her first Wimbledon final since 2009, is 3-1 head-to-head against her last Wimbledon obstacle Muguruza. They have never met on grass.


  1. Venus was certainly firing on all cylinders. Konta kept trying to break down her forehand, but it just wasn’t happening. I also loved Venus’ serving into the body of Johanna.. the jammer serve was quite effective. It will be a great final between two very confident players, Venus and Garbi. Can’t wait!

  2. Venus is amazing!

    I got the final I wanted so looking forward to it a lot, the hard part will be accepting that there can only be one winner :'(

  3. That’s okay, living legend Venus. You’re still making much history and are so very amazing. Just to make it to the final at 37 years old is so amazing. You’re an inspiration to many, including Garbinia.. Congrats, Mugaruza! I knew you’d win it, although I was hoping and praying Venus would get one more Wimbledon title. God bless you both!

  4. Sorry, you guys. My above comments were posted after the final. Venus, congrats on eliminating Konta. You played some serious tennis to make it this far! Simply amazing! Again, congrats Garbine. Serena predicted you’d win Wimbledon one day soon when she beat you a couple of years ago. I knew it then myself; it was inevitable.


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