Wimbledon 2017 women's semi-finals, highlights: Venus defeats Konta, sets up final against Muguruza

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Wimbledon 2017 women's semi-finals, highlights: Venus defeats Konta, sets up final against Muguruza
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    Thank you so much for joining us in our live coverage today. Make sure you do tune in tomorrow for the men's Grand Slam smei-finals.

    Take a look at the Order of Play for Friday:

    Centre Court (1:00 PM local/ 5:30 PM IST)

    Sam Querrey (USA x24) v Marin Cilic (CRO x7)

    Roger Federer (SUI x3) v Tomas Berdych (CZE x11)

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    Before we sign off, here's our image of the day!

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    Here's a look at the head-to-head record between Venus and Muguruza: (Image courtesy: ESPN) 

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    The 2017 Wimbledon women's final is set:

    [10] Venus Williams vs [14] Garbine Muguruza

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    Recap of the second Wimbledon women's semi-final:

    Venus Williams and Johanna Konta started the match strongly, both holding serve well in the opening few games. At 4-4, Venus saved tow break points and then broke in the very next game to seal the opening set 6-4.

    Venus quickly stormed through the second set, and broke her opponent's serve for the third time to win the match, 6-4, 6-2. Venus has reached the Wimbledon final for the ninth time.

    The last time she reached the final was in 2009, and her only semi-final loss came last year.

    Venus won her Wimbledon titles in 2000, '01, '05, '07 and '08.​ Superb performance from the 37-year-old, hitting 19 winners and just nine unforced errors. In contrast, Konta hit 20 winners but committed 13 unforced errors. 

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    If Venus Williams wins the Wimbledon title, she will become the oldest Grand Slam champion in the Open Era.

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    The final stats from Venus Williams' win over Johanna Konta!

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    Venus Williams is super thrilled!

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    Venus Williams setting so many new records with every win!

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    Venus Williams is through to her NINTH Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Johanna Konta!

    Absolutely brilliant performance from the 37-year-old.

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    Venus Williams breaks to win the match!

    It's all Venus at the moment! Konta now serving to stay alive in this match. 

    She loses the first point but then hits an ace out wide that slides off the line. 15-15.

    Konta with a great 1-2 combination that she finishes off with a forehand winner. 30-15. 

    Venus comes up with a deep service return and makes it 30-30.

    The American's backhand catches the net on the next point and Konta has game point.

    Konta overcooks a backhand when she had the whole court to hit a winner. Deuce.

    Great serve from the Brit and she gets advantage.

    Venus plays an incredible point and gets Konta on the run. She gets a very short return and smashes it for a winner. Back to deuce.

    Konta sends a forehand flying wide, and it's MATCH POINT for Venus.

    SAVED! Venus nets her forehand and Konta breates a sigh of relief. 

    Another MATCH POINT for Venus as this time Konta hits her forehand long.

    Great first serve from Konta and she hangs on. Deuce again.

    Double fault at the worst time possible from Konta and it bring up MATCH POINT #3 for Venus.

    This time, Venus converts with a passing shot down the line. Venus wins!

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    Venus holds, leads 5-2.

    Venus with another clean hold at 15 and she's one game away from her second Grand Slam final of 2017. 

    This is just incredible from the American!

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    Check out this amazing body serve from Venus!

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    Konta holds for 2-4.

    Konta gets to 30-0 on her serve with a big cross-court forehand. She saw Venus come into the net and hit the ball right past her.

    Big serve on the next point and it's 40-0. Konta needs to stop the momentum and win a couple of games here.

    Deep return from Venus and Konta is unable to put the ball back in play. 40-15. 

    On the next point, Konta's pick-up volley sits up nicely for Venus and she puts it away with a driving forehand. 40-30.

    Konta commits an unforced error and it's deuce. 

    The 6th seed manages to win two straight points from deuce and hold for 2-4.

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    Venus holds for 4-1 and is just two games away from the final!

    Venus fires a smashing body serve. Unreturnable! Konta had to dodge that bullet.

    The five-time champion consolidates her break for 4-1.

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    Venus breaks for 3-1.

    Venus gets lucky as her shot clips the net and jumps beyond Konta at the net. 0-30. 

    Third double fault from Konta and it's three break points for Venus!

    Konta saves the first with a gorgeous drop volley. One break point saved. 

    Konta comes up with a brilliant cross-court forehand that stays low on the next point. Two break points saved.

    Konta can't save the third as Venus smartly changes direction on the ball and hits a backhand up the line that clips the net and catches Konta off balance.

    Venus breaks!

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    Venus digs out a hold from 30-all.

    The 37-year-old has been incredible on her serve, coming up with the goods every time she is under pressure. Edges ahead 2-1. The second set is one serve for now. 

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    Konta holds as well to make it 1-1.

    The British player will need to return better and attack the Venus serve to make any inroads in this match. She has had a few near-chances but hasn't been able to fire the trigger when most needed.

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    Venus starts off the second set with a love-hold!

    The 37-year-old American is on fire. 

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    Take a look at the stats from the first set. Konta hit more winners, but Venus won more points overall.

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    After saving two break points at 4-4, Venus Williams breaks the Jo Konta serve to claim the opening set 6-4. 

    Venus needed 38 minutes to lead 1-0.

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    Venus breaks to seal the opening set!

    0-30 on Konta's serve this time. Can Venus pounce on this opportunity? 

    Venus hits a deep return, that helps her set the point up. She keeps pushing Konta further and further behind till she gets the error from her opponent.

    THREE BREAK POINTS for Venus.

    Konta hits her first serve into the net. Brave second serve from the Brit as it just clips the line and Venus can't return it. One break point saved.

    On the next break point, Venus hangs tough in a long rally and Konta succumbs under the pressure. 

    Venus takes the first set 6-4.

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    Venus last 3 holds were from: 15-30, 15-30, 15-40 down. Coming up with the big shots under immense pressure.

    Very high-quality match so far, both players hititng quite cleanly. 

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    Venus saves two break points for 5-4.

    Another double fault, this time off Venus' racquet and it's 15-15.

    Venus misses a sitting forehand drive volley and it's 15-30.

    Konta has two break points as she hammers a forehand down the line!

    Venus saves one with a great serve out wide, and then hits a backhand behind Konta. 

    She saves the second break point with a crucial HUGE SECOND SERVE and it's deuce. 

    Venus hooks a forehand in from an uncomfortable position behind the baseline and then whips a winner to get to advantage on her own serve.

    Venus survives! Gutsy play from the five-time champion!

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    Konta holds for 4-4. 

    Konta double faults and it's 30-30. Window of opportunity for Venus?

    Konta comes up with a huge backhand that bounces right off the line. Game point for Konta.

    The British ace then hits a sweet winner into the open court to hold.

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    Venus makes it 4-3. On serve in the opening set.

    Venus snuffs out a 15-30 opportunity for Konta, firing two unreturned serves.

    Impressive forehand from Venus into the corner and she has game point. 

    Konta overhits her return on the next point to give Venus a relatively easy service hold. 

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    Konta responds with another strong hold.

    Konta gets the home crowd on their feet after firing three aces to hold at 30. What a blistering start this has been.

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    Venus holds for 3-2.

    Smart serving from Venus Williams to get out of a 15-30 hole and make it 30-all.

    Konta is returning well and going for her shots from the word go.

    Venus puts away an overhead smash to make it 40-30. 

    Konta dumps a backhand into the net and it's 3-2.

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    This is a great start to the second women's semi-final. Both Konta and Venus have come out all guns blazing, and hold their two games each to make it 2-2.

    Konta and Venus have faced off five times before in their career, and the Briton leads the head-to-head 3-2.

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    Plenty of history on the line in this semi-final!

    37-year-old Venus Williams is looking to become the oldest player to reach the final since Navratilova in 1994. Johanna Konta is aiming to become the first British woman in the final since Virginia Wade in 1977.

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    Both Venus and Konta hold their opening games to make it 1-1.

    Confident start from both players, and we look set for a cracker of a match.

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    Williams wins the toss and opts to serve first.

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    Live action begins shortly. Stay tuned.

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    Venus Williams and Johanna Konta are out on Centre Court, warming up, ahead of the second Wimbledon 2017 semi-final.

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    Recap of the first women's semi-final:

    14th seed Garbine Muguruza completely dominated the match, from start to the finish. She broke her opponent Magdalena Rybarikova five times in the match, hitting 22 winners and just 11 unforced errors. Overall, she won 60 points to Rybarikova's 33 points in the match that lasted 65 minutes. 

    Rybarikova playing in her first semi-final match was understandably quite nervous and didn't move well at all. She struggled to find any rhythm and couldn't pose any challenge to the barrage of groundstrokes that Muguruza sent her way. 

    Muguruza, coached by former champion Conchita Martínez, deservedly cruised into her second Wimbledon final with a 6-1, 6-1 win.

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    Some 20 minutes to go for the second semi-final between Venus Williams and Johanna Konta to start!

    Stick around as we build up to that match.

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    Take a look at the stats from the first semi-final that Muguruza won so comfortably.

Britain still has one of their own to cheer for in the Wimbledon singles semi-finals: Johanna Konta. She is trying to become the host country's first female champion at the All England Club in 40 years.

First, though, Konta will need to get past Venus Williams, who already owns five titles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.

This will be the 37-year-old American's 10th Wimbledon semi-final and 22nd at all majors. Konta's only previous match at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament was a semi-final loss at the 2016 Australian Open.

"I definitely think experience helps, for sure," Williams said.


"What Venus and her sister have given our sport is absolutely tremendous. The way they've elevated women's tennis is truly inspiring," Konta said. "So I feel very excited and very humbled to be sharing the court with her again."

Their semi-final will be second on Centre Court, after 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza takes on 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

Muguruza was the French Open champion last year. Rybarikova, in contrast, had never been past the third round in her 35 previous appearances at majors.

Rybarikova was ranked as low as 453 in March but is now at 87 in the world following a grass court season which has featured 18 wins and just one loss.

She is the lowest-ranked women's semi-finalist since 2008, when China's Zheng Jie, at 133, made the last four.

"She's going to be (the) favorite," Rybarikova said. "I'm here to enjoy the match. We'll see what's going to happen."


They've played each other four times previously, each winning twice. Muguruza won the only past match at a major, 14-12 in the third set at the Australian Open in 2013. Rybarikova won the only past match on grass, 6-3, 6-1 at Birmingham in 2015.

Muguruza is looking to reach her third Grand Slam final after winning the French Open in 2016 and finishing as runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2105 Wimbledon final.

Take a look at the Order of Play for Thursday:

Centre Court (1:00 PM local/5:30 PM IST)

Women's semi-finals

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x14) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)

Venus Williams (USA x10) v Johanna Konta (GBR x6)

(With inputs from agencies)


Published Date: Jul 13, 2017 08:48 pm | Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 10:16 pm



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