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Ostapenko falls to Venus Williams at Wimbledon

14 July 2017, 12:34 | Nina Perez

GETTYJohanna Konta faces Caroline Garcia in the next round

Johanna Konta

The Eastbourne player previously came through a trio of tough three-set matches to reach the last four and the British No 1 looked relaxed in her quest to become the first British female in a Wimbledon final since Virginia Wade in 1977. She'll also break into the world's top five for the first time on Monday.

Williams, 37, is now the oldest Grand Slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

Twenty years after making her debut at the tournament, the older of the Williams' sisters is in to her ninth final, and will be confident of adding a sixth title nine years after her maiden win in 2008.

Standing in her way will be Spain's Garbine Muguruza, who lost her previous Wimbledon final in 2015, to Serena.

The nation's hopes were resting on Konta after defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the tournament, losing to American Sam Querrey on Wednesday, and spectators on Centre Court waved Union Jack flags and cheered for the last Briton standing in the singles competition.

"I've dreamed of success in every Slam", said Konta, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016.

"Usually it's her in these finals so I'm trying to represent the Williamses".

"He was someone who approached his work with me in a very holistic manner".

"Wow, what a really cool kid and just a couple years later I was responsible for her day to day work". "I've learned a lot". "It's going to be a historic final again", she said. "I wanted to give them more, but I didn't and I was sad for them". She has the crowd, as well. And I was like, I wish she could do this for me.

"I don't think I did too much wrong out there. I think my experience helped a lot", Williams said. "It's a win-win situation, frankly, and I'm thrilled for her". On Konta's potential, Williams added: "She played an unbelievable tournament".

Muguruza, the 14th seed, said she felt far better mentally prepared for the final this time. The ferocious atmosphere inside Centre Court was dampened when Williams clinched an early break when two net cords fell her way; taking the wind out of Konta's sails.

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