Venus took only 73 minutes to become the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994. The following year, she won the title at the French Open. I try to take the same courage on the court that she would have. "There's no reason why I wouldn't be in a position to win a tournament like this one day".
- Konta was ranked 19 in the world entering Wimbledon last year.
Muguruza faced Serena in that final two years ago, with the American enjoying a 6-4 6-4 win.
"There were definitely some issues". "Only one's going to win".
"We've been watching Jo beating everybody by taking the ball early and pounding it but it was actually Venus who was absorbing the pace and hitting harder". She was all business as she walked out, while Magdalena Rybarikova walked out with a beaming smile on her face.
"I have to say Garbine played an amazing match - I mean, I've never seen her play that well".
Virginia Wade, the last British woman to make the Wimbledon final four, attributed Konta's pulsating quarter-final win over world No.2 Simona Halep to her mental fortitude and is urging her to stay in the zone as expectations grow.
'It's going to be, you know, like a historic final again'.
Garbiñe Muguruza defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 to advance to her second Wimbledon final. On the other hand, Slovakia's Rybarikova outplayed Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semis. I tried to do the things she would do. Konta went from 0-40 to 30-40 on serve but was broken on the third break point.
- Venus is 15-6 in Grand Slam semi-final matches. That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points. "Hopefully next time I will be able to go a step further".
It is Venus' first time making two Grand Slam finals in a year since 2003.
"We could have a lot of surprises with Serena coming back after having a child". It generally worked very well this fortnight but there is nothing wrong with a bit of variety.
"I think he did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, as dealing with life in general".
Unlike Muguruza, Kuznetsova has held onto her perfect record winning in straight sets in each of her four matches so far at Wimbledon.
Trailing, 0-5, in the first set, Rybarikova finally won a game and heard a loud cheer from the fans, who evidently felt sympathy for her plight.
"I would sum up my whole Wimbledon experience as memorable", said Konta. "But she didn't give me much chance to do something".
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The women's tournament this year has been marked by some fiercely contested and tight battles but this was a disappointingly one-sided affair.
Konta had played in a Grand Slam semi-final before, losing to Germany's Angelique Kerber at the 2016 Australian Open, but saw attention increase as she looked to emulate Wade's achievement at SW19. I'll have to see what's working.
"I thought the crowd were very nice to me". This time, Konta was ousted by Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2.
"She was just, quite frankly, better than me today". And she's expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent.