Venus shines too bright for home favourite Konta

There was no fairy tale ending for Great Britain's Johanna Konta at Wimbledon on Thursday, as Venus Williams stormed to a straight sets victory on Centre Court.

Williams recently turned 37 but proved age is just a number as she completed a highly impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over a player 11 years her junior. 

The elder Williams sister turned professional in 1994, when Konta was just three years old, but that counted for little on the day.

After Konta's impressive quarter-final victory over second seed Simona Halep, many saw her as the favourite for the title on home soil, but for all her energy and enthusiasm she was not able to match Williams' grit and experience on the day.

Konta did have a couple of opportunities to seize the initiative late in the first set, but they both went begging.

The initial signs seemed to suggest we were in for a far more competitive affair. The opening eight games of the match passed without so much as a sniff of a break for either player. Williams appeared to be exerting more pressure, but Konta's serve was holding her at bay.

Two huge opportunities arrived for Konta in the ninth game, with Williams serving at 4-4. The American followed up a double fault with a poor volley to hand her opponent two break points. Williams dug deep, however, and fended them both off before holding serve.

The tables then turned in the following game, as Williams put her foot on the accelerator at just the right time to earn three break and set points on Konta's serve. The Brit saved the first, but lost the second following a wayward shot to find herself a set down in the blink of an eye.

Unfortunately for Konta, there was no way back from there. A double fault in the fourth game when she was already 0-30 down put her in a world of trouble. She saved the first two break points but Venus succeeded with the third to open up a 3-1 lead.

From there, Venus looked unstoppable. With Konta serving to stay in the match at 2-5, Williams turned the screws, earning a series of match points before clinching victory with a winning forehand down the line.

"I've played a lot of finals here. One more win will be amazing. It won't be a given but I'll give it my all," Williams said after the match.

"The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo.

"No point was easy. I tried to climb on top and get another point."

On the prospect of facing Garbine Muguruza in the final, Williams added: "Both Garbine and I play so well on grass. I'll have to ask Serena for advice.

"I missed Serena terribly before the match. I wish she was here."

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