Venus eclipses Konta to reach Wimbledon final

Johanna Konta

LONDON (AP) - When she looks back at her career, Johanna Konta hopes that this year's Wimbledon tournament won't be the highlight. "I think I definitely have a lot more to improve on".

For Williams, Thursday's semifinal will be her 10th at the All England Club.

Meanwhile the men's final will be decided tonight with Roger Federer continuing his pursuit for an historic eighth Wimbledon crown against Tomas Berdych.

As the first British woman to get through to the semi-finals since 1978 - the last was Virginia Wade - companies will be hoping to snap her up for sponsorship and marketing campaigns. The young women from Compton, taught the game by their father, propelled along a highly unusual path, now rank among the greatest athletes and biggest winners of this sports generation.

The second set was easier as she raced to a 4-1 lead, after breaking Konta again. "She showed a lot of courage, played in tough situations against players who were in form", Williams said.

"I missed her so much before this match, and I was like, I just wish she was here, and I was like, I wish she could do this for me, but I was like no, this time you have to do it for yourself". In 2016, he ended Djokovic's 30-match Grand Slam winning streak by beating him in the third round.

Williams, who is based in Florida, revealed that her biggest luxury while being pregnant is getting quality sleep.

"Then it was thank you to everyone".

The women's championship at this year's Wimbledon has, as so often before, become more dramatic with each passing round. That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points.

The backdrop, however, will add to the richness of the occasion.

The world number 87 struggled to match Muguruza's powerful hitting from the baseline and was defeated after 64 minutes of play. It came down to the day, and Venus played better than me.

History always breathes a little more deeply in tennis when it unfolds at Wimbledon. "She's helping me to deal with the stress - it's a long tournament". "I had a lot of issues". I thought she handled it well. "It was truly magnificent, the support that I had". "We'll see what's going to happen". She battered a second serve down the line to secure her fourth break of the match with less than three quarters of an hour gone.

Standing in her way will be Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who lost her previous Wimbledon final in 2015, to Serena.

Venus has reached her first Wimbledon final since 2009.

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