Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon finals
Yes it is Venus Williams and not Serena who will play in Wimbledon’s women’s finals on Saturday.
The 37-year-old Venus ended the fairy tale run by local favorite Johanna Konta in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in their semifinal showdown to continue her own dream run in the All England Club.
Williams herself was quite surprised after booking her 9th finals in 20 Wimbledon appearances.
“It’s usually her (Serena) in these finals son I’m just trying to represent Williams as best I can,” the five-time Wimbledon champion said.
Venus also registered her 87th singles win–the most by any active player–at the biggest grass tournament in the world.
Against Konta, Venus showed no effects of being the oldest player to reach the Wimbledon semis and the finals since Martina Navratilova in 1994.
Williams got off to 3-1 lead in the first set to frustrate Konta. But the first British player to reach the women’s semis fought back to the tie the game at 4-all.
In the ninth frame, Williams saved two breakpoints to go one up, 5-4.
She eventually took the first set at 6-4. Williams was never threatened in the second set after racing to a 4-1 lead.
Williams will face former Roland Garros winner and 14th seeded Garbine Muguruza in the finals.
Muguruza only needed 64 minutes to beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in the other semifinals.
By Erel Cabatbat