The Semi-finals at Wimbledon 2017 Ladies’ Draw

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

With Andy Murray leaving the tournament, all British hopes were with 6th seed Johanna Konta (GBR) as she battled fellow big server 10th seed Venus Williams (USA). In the serving statistics there was little to separate the two, but the returning of the five time Wimbledon champion was stronger, putting Konta’s serve under pressure. Konta could do very little in the first set to attack the Williams serve until the American threw in a couple of double faults at 4-4 bringing up the first break points of the match. Williams showed her pedigree by serving her way out of trouble and immediately put Konta under pressure to hold her serve at 4-5. A couple of sloppy mistakes under pressure for Konta and the American took the first set 6-4. As the match wore on, Konta played into the hands of Williams as she served and played the ball into the hitting zone of the American and refused to use the body serve that was working so well against her. Konta’s forehand deserted her and as the mistakes racked up, Williams broke sealing the fate of the British number one. As Konta served to stay in the championships at 2-5 the pressure showed and she couldn’t hold.

Williams will face 14th seed and former finalist Garbine Muguruza (ESP).  The Spaniard was in no mood to entertain the Wimbledon fairytale of unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) in a semi-final that lasted only 64 minutes. Rybarikova just couldn’t handle the pace Muguruza was serving up, the 14th seed barely missing a shot as she won 6-1 6-1.

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