Muguruza hoping Martinez wisdom can inspire first Wimbledon title


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AUSTRALIAN-born Johanna Konta has no regrets after being bullied into Wimbledon semi-final submission by a rampant Venus Williams. Muguruza, 23, kept up the momentum by pinning her Russian opponent with skidding drives.

Spain's Muguruza reached her second Wimbledon final in three years with a thumping 6-1 6-1 win over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova.

Muguruza has looked her best all tournament and since knocking out No.1 seed Angelique Kerber on Monday, her confidence has seemingly sky-rocketed.

"Then it was thank you to everyone".

"I've loved the support, it's not been added pressure".

Konta saved two match points before Williams crunched a forehand past the Briton and then twirled in celebration on Centre Court.

Williams now enters a ninth final at Wimbledon and will become the oldest women's grand slam champion for 109 years if she can beat Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final.

"In terms of how comfortable I felt out there and how focused I was on what I wanted to try and achieve out there, I felt really comfortable", Konta said.

'One more win would be incredible.

"It's usually her (Serena) in these finals so I'm just trying to represent Williams as best I can" - Venus Williams, whose younger sister Serena won the title past year, said after reaching her first final at the championships since 2009.

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"Did experience play a part?"

Konta, whose climb up the rungs of the tennis ladder has been nothing short of extraordinary - having gone from a WTA ranking of 150 at the end of 2014 to seven before this match - had both the firepower and the mental strength to challenge Williams.

With Serena at home preparing to give birth to her first child, Venus has picked up the baton and can make it a 13th Wimbledon title for the Williams family this weekend.

"Conchita [Martinez, her coach] knows how to win here and hopefully she can tell me something - she has been helping me all the time with her experience and her tips".

"It's a nice achievement", Konta said.

"I don't necessarily think it was the be-all, end-all", Konta insisted, "but it definitely took my break-point chance away".

By winning the Australian Open this year, the Swiss star became the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title.

Meanwhile, Williams insists Konta's moment will come - and time is certainly on the 26-year-old's side.

"I played very well for sure". "I saw her play before". "I feel like she wants these majors, she'll have an opportunity". "This was her 202nd, I bet". I don't think so they did because was very fast match. I thought she handled it well. At the qualifying tournament for the next major, however, the US Open will experiment with letting coaches communicate with their players from the stands between points.

"This Wimbledon has only strengthened my belief that if I'm ever in a position to play for a Slam that I'll be in the mental and physical state to deal with it".

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