Konta hails 'true champion' Venus Williams after Wimbledon defeat

Friday, 14 Jul, 2017

Muguruza was in cruise control as she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, conceding just two games, but Williams was spectacular against Johanna Konta. Rybarikova, on the other hand, has little experience at this stage of a major tournament and will be exhausted following two three-set matches on her way to the last four.

Asked if there was a particular former victor or winners that inspired her, Muguruza said: "Not one (in particular) gives me motivation, because all the names that I read, I know all of them". Then it was like, "Oh okay, well, I'm done".

"I definitely think experience helps, for sure".

Those numbers represent a yawning gap in experience and achievement, which the sixth seed set about narrowing with her uncomplicated but increasingly potent game: hitting hard and flat behind a solid serve, and trusting legs that are 13 years younger than her opponent's.

Venus committed just nine unforced errors throughout the match and saved the only two break points she faced.

Konta hopes to become Britain's first women's singles finalist since 1977. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning. "And I was like, 'I just wish she was here.' And I was like, 'I wish she could do this for me,"' Williams said with a laugh.

"I have been working on a couple of tactical things like opening up the court more, moving in and serving better, and I saw myself improve in the a year ago", said Osuigwe, ESPN reported. "I saw she was playing very good, very talented", said Muguruza.

The straight-set win allowed Williams to become only the second 37-year-old in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach a major final, joining Martina Navratilova (1994 Wimbledon). "It was very special to be playing all my matches on such great courts with such massive support".

"But in terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable".

Told she would break into the world's top five on Monday, she said: "I guess it's a nice club to be a part of. The way they've elevated women's tennis is truly inspiring", Konta said. "It does bring it slightly out of context and, I guess, makes me realize how special that is and how much people do enjoy being a part of my journey". Muguruza, with Venus Williams the only former Grand Slam victor yet in the main draw, booked a spot back in the Top 10 and can move as high as No.4 if she go on to win the title.

Rybarikova had only been past the first round on one occasion prior to this year's event but beat new world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the last-four after some fabulous performances herself. "It won't be a given, but I'm going to give it my all", Venus said.

" I missed (Serena) so much before this match and". "Even more yesterday and today".