Wading into history vs Venus, the oldie

Wade who won the women's title in 1977 believes Konta can end a 40-year wait

In the Wimbledon final, Williams will face Garbiñe Muguruza, 23, who had little trouble dispatching Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1, on the strength of a reliable first serve and profitable ventures to the net: Muguruza won 18 of the 24 points in which she approached the net. Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion who is playing in the semifinals at the All England Club for the 10th time in her 20th appearance.

- Venus, 37, became the oldest grand slam women's finalist since Martina Navratilova at 1994 Wimbledon.

JOHANNA KONTA says she is living a childhood dream and now she must beat her childhood idol as Venus Williams stands in the way of her reaching a first Wimbledon final.

Similarly, Garbine Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon semi-final with a powerful 6-3 6-4 victory over seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Should she continue that run with a win on Centre Court tomorrow she will guarantee herself at least £1.1m in prize money - the largest paycheque of her career to date.




In the men's draw, second-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia eased past France's Adrian Mannarino with a routine 6-2 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory, and will meet 11th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals today. "So she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did", Konta added. The 2016 French Open champion then broke Rybarikova twice to open the second set and take a 4-0 lead. I'm going to enjoy being in a grand slam final.

Though she is searching for her first grass-court title, Konta's form on the surface has been impressive. "I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point". Muguruza had beaten Russia's S. Kuznetsova in straight sets in her quarterfinal match. "I think we experienced it a couple of times in the match". I just wish she was here and I wish she could do this for me. "In that sense, I guess it makes it that much sweeter", she said.

'I think she did what she does well, ' she said. "I wanted to acknowledge the crowd". "I feel like she wants these majors, she'll have an opportunity".

"It's fine to be the last British women's victor to win Wimbledon, but it's better to have plenty of British players to win".

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