'She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals.
Garbine Muguruza is looking every bit the title contender at Wimbledon.
"I feel very focused still", said the five-time Wimbledon champion ahead of the showpiece final.
Here were the usual 15,000 connoisseurs and stragglers, settling in to groan and gasp for Konta but also, by the sound of them, to appreciate Williams.
The American 10th seed played superbly to win 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court and set up a final - her first in the tournament's singles competition since 2009 - against Spain's Garbine Muguruza.
Now, she faced 30-40. "I lost one here two years ago, so I really look forward to this one to try to change that".
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In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain.
"I've played a lot of finals here". It tangled and baffled the 26-year-old, whose awkward forehand attempt became a skittering groundball. Parse the match statistics and one screams for attention. A taut set had unspooled in a whoosh. I know (the crowd) loves Jo and she gave it her all today. "I'm just trying my best to represent 'Williams' as best I can". It was her 202nd, I bet, so she definitely came into the match with a lot more experience than I did. Things worsened from there. She beat Japan's Naomi Osaka in straight sets, leaving her as the only champion left in the women's draw at Wimbledon.
Williams will now contest the title an incredible 17 years after she first won at SW19.
One more discrepancy: Williams is aiming for a sixth Wimbledon singles championship and eighth overall at major tournaments.
"There were definitely some issues", she said. She showed a lot of courage.
"I'd like to think that Andy (Murray) has inspired both girls and boys to play".
Even Venus, playing in her 20th Wimbledon, recognised Konta's resilience in dealing with it. "I feel like she wants these majors, she'll have an opportunity", Williams said.
She has been playing commandingly. Three games later, she wrapped the match up to move back into the Wimbledon final. In the last four rounds, against three ambitious players born in 1997 and the No. 6-ranked player in the world in Konta, she has lost serve twice, including zero times to Konta. Williams squandered the first break-point but made no mistake with the second, forcing a Konta backhand to fly long. Rybarikova won the only past match on grass, 6-3, 6-1 at Birmingham in 2015. I thought the crowd was so fair. I stayed healthy and mentally quite fresh and ready to keep getting challenged and embracing those challenges along the way. "No point was easy".
As the first British woman to get through to the semi-finals since 1978 - the last was Virginia Wade - companies will be hoping to snap her up for sponsorship and marketing campaigns.
It is an issue that has generated headlines overseas. All four quarterfinal matches have been played yesterday.
Some adoring fans went all-out for the Brit's semifinal appearance, donning homemade Konta-strewn T-shirts.
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