Venus Williams storms into another Wimbledon final
AUSTRALIAN-born Johanna Konta has no regrets after being bullied into Wimbledon semi-final submission by a rampant Venus Williams.
Konta, who plays for England, was barely given a glimpse at a handful of chances by the veteran American, who shattered British hearts with an electrifying 6-4 6-2 grasscourt display.
Konta, who defected from Australia in 2012 after her funding was cut, lauded the remarkable Williams after the veteran reached her ninth Wimbledon decider.
"Well, I think she did what she does well. She dictated the match from the very first ball till the very last one," Konta said.
"I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is.
"It was very difficult for me to get a good foothold in the match. The few opportunities that I did get, she did incredibly well to take them away from me. I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her."
An Australian Open semi-finalist last year, Konta was outclassed by Williams in front of a rabidly partisan centre court gallery.
She conceded Williams' enormous experience was a factor.
"This was my second grand slam semi-final. It was her 202nd, I bet," Konta said.
"So she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did. But in terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable. In terms of that, I'm definitely happy with how I dealt with today."
At 37 years and 29 days, Williams is the oldest player to reach an All England Club since Martina Navratilova, who was 229 days older in 1994.
Champion here on five occasions, Williams last contested the decider in 2009, falling to younger sister Serena.
Triumphant in 2000-1, '05 and '07-8, Williams is competing at the All England Club for the 20th time.
With victory against Konta, she improved her overall record to a phenomenal 87-14 - a tally bettered only by Navratilova (120-14) and Chris Evert (96-15).
Williams will play Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard ruthlessly ended Magdalena Rybarikova's improbable Wimbledon quest, destroying the Slovak in brutal fashion.
Seeded 14th, Muguruza buried Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 to reach her second All England Club final.
"I'll have to ask Serena," Williams said. "Serena played Garbine here in the 2015 final, so it will be great to have her in my corner with that advice."
Raised in Sydney, Konta defected to British colours in 2012 and, after Andy Murray's quarter-finals departure, she was literally the hope of the nation.
But Williams, who came into the tournament emotionally drained after being involved in a fatal car accident in Florida last month, methodically doused the hysteria.
The American, who has seven grand slam singles titles in total, is the subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit over the accident.
With Serena absent as she awaits the birth of her first child, Venus will bid to deliver the family's 13th Wimbledon crown.
Wimbledon women's final, 11pm Saturday night: 14-Garbine Muguruza (Spa) v 10-Venus Williams (US)