Published: 16:36 | 13/7/17

Williams through to ninth Wimbledon final


Venus Williams will face Spain's Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's Wimbledon ladies final, after the American beat Britain's Johanna Konta in straight sets in Thursday's semi-final.

The 37-year-old, playing her 20th Wimbledon, becomes the tournament's oldest finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994 after her 6-4 6-2 win over sixth-seed Konta on Centre Court.

Seven-time major winner Williams, who will play her ninth final at SW19 on Saturday, last won a Grand Slam in 2008, when she beat her sister Serena 7-6 6-4 in the final at Wimbledon.

"I've played a lot of finals here. One more win will be amazing. It won't be a given but I'll give it my all," five-time Wimbledon champion Williams told BBC Sport.

"The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo.

"I think Jo handled the pressure.

"No point was easy. I tried to climb on top and get another point."

Muguruza beat unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just 64 minutes on Centre Court to advance to her second Wimbledon final.

"I think I played very well, for sure," the Spaniard, who won the first five games in just 25 minutes, said.

"It was a tricky match, she is a very talented player. She was playing very good during the tournament and I think today I stepped up on the court super-confident, and everything went well."

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