Williams - Muguruza, the expected final


Williams will now look to secure a sixth title on grass on Saturday when she faces Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who eased past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in the other semi-final.

Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years on Thursday as the American star ended Johanna Konta's history bid with a masterful 6-4, 6-2 win.

Williams will be playing her ninth final at the All England Club, where she dominated between 2000 and 2009, winning five titles and finishing as runner-up in another three finals.

"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". As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments.

Now 37, Williams is the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Martina Navratilova in 1994 at the same age.

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Muguruza first came into prominence by reaching the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open, where she scored an upset over Caroline Wozniacki en route.

If Venus, a five-time champion succeeds, at 37 she would be the oldest champion in 109 years. I felt consistent in my approach and in my general being out there.

As happened often during the match, Konta lost the first point on serve but was helped by an ace and a forehand victor to reach 40-30. The world No. 87, Ryabarikova, earned her first Semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam event by defeating American Coco Vandeweghe in the Wimbledon Quarterfinals.

"I was a little bit nervous, a little bit exhausted also in my legs", Rybarikova said.

"I think we both have a very aggressive games", Muguruza said. I think my experience was important. "I feel like I've been there for the whole journey", Serena said. I would love to!' she replied. There's a lot of things I can still get better at, which is exciting for me and exciting for my team. Can you imagine I had lost 8-6 in the third?