Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of 2017 Wimbledon after a straight-sets win over Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court on Tuesday.
To play at Wimbledon, even your underwear has to be white.
"I'm playing well. I want to keep it up for my last match and hopefully it goes well. There's no reason why I wouldn't be in a position to win a tournament like this one day". With loads of talent, a love for the game, and steely determination, Muguruza is all set to give every player a run for their money.
Williams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line and the second with a 106 mph second serve that went right at Konta's body.
And what of British hopes, spearheaded by not one but two women this year?
Asked what she had been thinking as she left Centre Court, she said: "Damn, I'm done".
There was little to separate them on the grass - a controversial issue this tournament - in the first set. It was a tough day for the Williams family, as Serena bowed out to Marion Bartoli too. Rybarikova, in contrast, had never been past the third round in her 35 previous appearances at majors. "I'm being aggressive and not making a lot of errors".
"I don't think I did too much wrong out there", Konta said. In that sense, I guess it makes it that much sweeter.
Williams has won 12 consecutive service games entering Saturday's final, which will be her ninth at Wimbledon in singles and first since 2009. At no point was it easy. Her opponent on Saturday is 14 years her junior.
But All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said in a statement at that time that "the rule is almost entirely in white". A year later, she lost the final to Serena. She also won the U.S. Open titles in 2000 and '01. Djokovic will now face Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.
Muguruza turned pro in 2011 and immediately served a warning to the top seeds by defeating players like Vera Zvonareva, Flavia Pennetta, Katerina Siniakova, and Caroline Wozniacki.
Rybarikova said: "Last year it was very difficult for me. I wish she could do it for me but now I have to".
Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.
"I've played some good tennis in different points of my life".
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. "The match really did turn on that break point for Konta at 4-4 in the first set with Venus hitting that big second serve" Martina Navratilova admitted on BBC tv. "I think my experience just helped a lot".
In addition to her resilient play this season, Williams has been in headlines because of her involvement in a Florida traffic accident in early June that later resulted in a man's death. "A final is a final", Muguruza said. But then came that familiar, brushed consideration of wanting to improve, of having things to work on, of the new and exciting challenges that lie ahead.
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