Venus Williams, Muguruza breeze into Wimbledon final

Yet victory over Williams will trump that achievement as Konta's biggest payday and boost her prize money income for the year by 79 per cent to £2.5m.

And that was evident throughout her victory on Centre Court, with the 37-year-old booking a second Grand Slam final of the year in just 73 minutes - having already reached the showpiece of the Australian Open.

Venus, who is in Wimbledon without her younger sister, Serena, will meet Garbine Muguruza in the final on Saturday.

Setting records seemingly every time she steps on to the court, Venus Williams is a win away from becoming the oldest women's grand slam champion in professional tennis history. I'm sure she's going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match. I think Jo handled the pressure well. The crowd were very nice to me. "I've learned a lot". I missed Serena terribly before the match. So I feel very excited and very humbled to be sharing the court with her again. The second-seeded Romanian would have become number one had she beaten sixth seed Konta.

At the Australia Open in 2016, Konta attempted to clarify any confusion about her nationality.

A "super-confident" Garbine Muguruza is hoping words of wisdom from Conchita Martinez will inspire her to a first Wimbledon title after she eased into the final by hammering Magdalena Rybarikova.

She has equalled her best Grand Slam run and will next face Venus Williams.

Konta became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978 when she beat Simona Halep in an engaging three-set encounter.

"I love the last day you play, you're still improving". "I try really hard". I was like, no, this time you do it for yourself. "I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point".

Serena Williams is pregnant and taking time off from the tour. Now Venus in her ninth final appearance at SW19 has the chance to create a niche of her own. Her opponent only had two break points in the whole match, and didn't take either of them. But when Muguruza is on song, it doesn't matter what surface she plays on, and her aggressive brand of tennis is a lot of fun to watch.

  • Rosalie Stanley