Wimbledon 2017: Occasion got to Johanna Konta, says Virginia Wade

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams is in the semifinals at the All England Club for the second year in a row and will face Johanna Konta for a spot in Saturday's final.

Garbine Muguruza stormed into the Wimbledon final with an utterly comprehensive straight set win over Magdalena Rybarikova on Centre Court this afternoon.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during her Wimbledon semi-final with Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

Williams, who claimed the last of her Wimbledon titles nine years ago, was too strong for her opponent from the baseline and was able to produce booming serves whenever the Briton threatened.

Konta, who moved from Sydney to Europe when she was 13, credits much of her new-found mental toughness to her former mind coach Juan Coto, who took his own life previous year but whose spirit remains very much with the Brit.

Venus Williams' appearance in January's Australian Open final wasn't, as it turned out, a temporary return to the head table of grand slam tennis for the 37-year-old.

This article was originally published at 8:30 a.m. They have never before played on grass, though.

"I think he did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, as dealing with life in general". Rybarikova is playing in the semifinals at a major tournament for the first time in her career. "She knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do".

Muguruza certainly shouldn't be discounted, even if Williams might be relieved not to be confronting her sibling, who is pregnant and off the tour.

Two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin highlighted the break points Williams saved at 4-4 in the first set as key to the match, particularly the 106mph second serve she sent down on the second one. I'd like to think that I'm doing the same.

"She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals", Muguruza, ranked 15th, said of Williams.

Austin echoed Wade in praising Konta for her run and believes the British number one has great things ahead of her.

"Her being able to do that is why she is a five-time champion here, and why she is the champion that she is", said Konta.

"I think you have to build up, get some experience, get to the final, win a few more tournaments".

The 2016 French Open victor, seeded 14th, took a 3-0 lead in just ten minutes thanks to an aggressive approach.

Spaniard Muguruza made it to the last four after defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 15 minutes.

'I missed (Serena) so much before this match and. Williams failed to convert on a big match point, but then got back to deuce and eventually sealed the deal with a break.

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