Venus Williams will play in the Wimbledon final for the ninth time in her career and first time since 2009 after defeating Great Britain’s Johanna Konta in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2, on Centre Court on Thursday.
In search of her sixth Wimbledon title, Williams will now face Garbine Muguruza of Spain on Saturday. Muguruza lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final in 2015.
“I’ve played a lot of finals here, it’s been a blessing, I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more,” Williams said in a television interview with the BBC. “One more win would be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’m going to give it my all.”
The first set was tied, 4-4, but Williams displayed her ability to come up with the big point when she needed to, and she only grew more dominant as the match went on. She pulled ahead 5-4 on break points and then raced ahead to close out the first set. Williams held serve in the second set to win the match.
Williams is playing in her 20th Wimbledon, having made her debut at the age of 17. She won her first Grand Slam title at the tournament in 2000 and her most recent title as well, when she beat sister Serena in the final in 2008.
Now 37, Williams is the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Martina Navratilova in 1994 at the same age. They are the only 37-year-olds to ever reach a Grand Slam final. Williams, a four-time Olympic champion and bronze medalist at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, also is now the winningest active player at Wimbledon with a record of 87-14, moving past sister Serena at 86-10.