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Venus Williams moves on to Wimbledon finals

Venus Williams moves on to Wimbledon finals

Seconds after smashing a forehand winner down the line and out of the reach of Britain's Johanna Konta and earning herself a spot in Saturday's Wimbledon final, Venus Williams leaped into the air, kicked her feet up behind her and threw her arms skyward. On Monday, Caroline Garcia said she did not see her father and coach signaling to her during her fourth-round loss to Johanna Konta. Only occasionally does the guard drop, as when she left a news conference earlier in this tournament after being asked about the crash in Florida which led to the death of a passenger in a car that collided with hers.

The Spaniard, beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 final, smashed 22 winners as she crushed the world No. 87, clinching victory in just 64 minutes.

Five-time champion Venus Williams is a win away from becoming the oldest women's grand slam champion in professional tennis history after roaring into a ninth Wimbledon final.

There had been little in the first frame, but Konta need to rediscover her early rhythm. "It's a long two weeks. I'm trying to represent the Williams family the best that I can". She is yet to win a title in 2017 but that might change in a matter of days. So, I'm definitely excited. "They could have been a lot more boisterous". I am still focused. The last of her seven majors came at the same place in 2008. "I stayed healthy and I stayed actually mentally quite fresh and ready to keep getting challenged and embracing those challenges along the way".

Williams continued her strong serve in the second set to finish off Konta in one hour, 16 minutes.

"Conchita and Sam are really working together".

"I've played a lot of finals here, it's been a blessing", said Venus. In sport especially, you have injuries, you have illnesses.

"I think she respects Jo so much and knows she's been playing so well", Austin told the BBC.

On Centre Court against Williams, though, Konta faced a player that was simply too good. Given what the 37 year-old has been through in the past few years, such a reaction was hardly surprising.

Rybarikova has been opportunistic cashing in 24 of her 46 breakpoint opportunities and will pick her moments to finish at the net.

'One more win would be amazing.

Konta appeared relaxed and expectant as she entered Centre Court to face the veteran, and she tested Williams with her power game in the first exchanges. "A final is a final", Muguruza said.

And Venus revealeded she will get some advice from her younger sister ahead of the contest. "It's been a blessing", a jubilant Williams said. As Williams consolidated the break it looked a veritable Everest to conquer for the Brit. I feel like she wants these majors, she'll have an opportunity. I have to go out there and take it and play well. It generally worked very well this fortnight but there is nothing wrong with a bit of variety. A year later, Wade was the runner-up to Chris Evert.