- Venus Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4 6-2
- Garbine Muguruza beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1
- The final will be played on 15th July
Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza will clash for the title of champion in this year’s Wimbledon final after both won their semi-final matches with ease on Centre Court. Johanna Konta’s hopes of a first Wimbledon final ended with a straight-set semi-final defeat by five-time champion Venus Williams. Unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just 64 minutes to advance to her second Wimbledon final.
Williams a five-time champion here and runner-up three times – was too canny for Johanna Konta. The match swung in a seven-minute spell towards the end of the first set with Williams setting up two break points. Williams established a 3-1 second-set lead with the help of a few lucky net-cords and went on to breeze to a 6-4 6-2 win. The contest was intense but short lived, ending in just 1 hour and 13 minutes. This takes nothing away from Konta though who’ll break into the world’s top five for the first time on Monday.
“I’ve played a lot of finals here,” Williams said. “One more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all.”
Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final, having been beaten by Serena Williams in 2015, after thrashing Rybarikova. Garbine swept apart her opponent in straight sets winning in a mere 65 minutes. Muguruza hit with so much power and depth, never letting up, to sail to victory 6-1 6-1. Rybarikova exited the tournament on a high having played the best tennis of her life in the past fortnight.
I think I played very well for sure. She was playing very good during the tournament. Today I stepped on the court super confident. I want to win whoever I face.