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.