Women’s Semifinal:  Johanna Konta (GBR) vs.  Venus Williams (USA)
Venus Williams has been a finalist at Wimbledon eight previous times; she won the title five times and has been the runner-up three times. Today she faced an opponent who led their head-to-head 3:2; however, this was Wimbledon, a place that Venus has demonstrated she loves and competes extremely well at. Williams won her first Wimbledon on her fourth visit to the tournament. Konta on the other hand has struggled to go past the first round four previous times and only got to the second round last year before this run to semifinal. Experience counts and it made a difference today.
The first set was a tightly contested battle and could have gone to Konta. Konta had break points and could not convert and as usually happens, the disappointment lingered and she was broken in the next game to lose the set. Winning breeds confidence and after winning the first set, Williams relaxed and all the pressure went squarely back on the shoulders of her opponent. Konta would have to battle back from a set deficit and suddenly the weight of the crowd seemed too much in the second set. She was no match for a focused Williams. The look of determination was in her eyes and she had them focused on a ninth Wimbledon final. Williams won 6-4, 6-2 and will battle a familiar foe, Garbine Muguruza.
Muguruza knocked out Magdalena Rybarikova, the Cinderella of the tournament. Rybarikova was overwhelmed by the occasion and Muguruza took advantage and never let her recover. It was a complete domination by the Spaniard who won 6-1, 6-1. Muguruza lost her previous Wimbledon final in 2015 to Serena Williams and will not want to lose to another Williams; thus, I expect the final on Saturday to be a fierce contest. Will Venus win number nine and claim her first major title since Wimbledon 2008?
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