Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for twenty three years on Thursday as the American star ended Johanna Konta history bid with a masterful 6 – 4, 6 – 2 win.Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five time champion Williams is into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009.The 37 year old’s sublime display of power hitting on Centre Court stoppeb Konta becoming the first British woman to make the final for forty years and sets up a title match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
Venus, aiming to win her first Wimbledon title since 2008, took only 73 minutes to write her name in the history books as the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994. She said she as played a lot of finals here. It’s been a blessing, I couldn’t ask for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. One more would be amazing.After losing the Australian Open final in January the world number eleven would be the oldest Wimbledon champion in the Open era – breaking her sister Serena’s record – if she collects her eight Grand Slam crown on Saturday.
Williams 87th match win at Wimbledon took her past Serena into sole possession of first place among active players.In a tight contest between two of the best servers in the game, Williams worked her way to victory with smarter serving and more effective returns. The American playing her twentieth Wimbledon showed all her experience to edge out Konta and end British hopes in this year’s singles events.