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Johanna Konta outclassed by a legend

15 July 2017

Her 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over the Briton was a clinical execution and set up a Saturday showdown with Garbine Muguruza, whose own ruthless demolition of Magdalena Rybarikova whetted the appetite for an intriguing final. She has won three singles titles, most notably at the 2016 French Open where she beat Serena Williams in the final.

"I've played a lot of finals here", Williams told BBC Sport. "Today I stepped on court super confident and everything went well", Muguruza said. At 37 years, 29 days, Williams is the oldest player to advance to a Wimbledon final since Martina Navratilova, who was 37 years, 258 days old in 1994.

But that doesn't stop her being amazed by her opponent's thirst for more success, having already won seven Grand Slam titles.

Now, after a year spent failing to live up to heightened expectations, Muguruza has made it back into a final for the first time at any tournament since Roland Garros.

Five-time champion Venus Williams knocked out French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3 7-5, to make it to last four.

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On the other match, Muguruza who was earlier defeated in the finals of 2015 by Serena Williams had emerged victorious.

"I feel very focused", said Williams.

Konta was playing in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

Rybarikova arrived in the last four after winning 18 of her last 19 matches on grass, but the Spaniard blew her away. "I thought they were so fair".

"I don't think I did too much wrong out there".

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"I felt the crowd was really nice to me".

In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain.

The unseeded Slovakian was unceremoniously beaten 6-1 6-1 by an aggressive, resurgent Muguruza on Centre Court on Thursday. "You know what you more or less deal with out there", Muguruza said.

"That's what I try to do".

"She's helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament because it's a long tournament", said the Venezuela-born star.

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Johanna Konta outclassed by a legend