So, great performance from Venus today, I personally don’t think Konta did much wrong. Possibly over pressing at times but what do you expect? Experience may have shown a little bit today! This was always going to be a straight shootout and who executed better would always be on top, Williams won the battle. Venus served well again and went all out to get the first blow in. This meant Konta had to go for it even more and this resulted in a few more errors. Venus said after that Jo had dealt with the pressure well and boi, it has been mounting. She can hold her head high after a groundbreaking week and there is no reason why she can’t be a genuine contender in the coming years. Venus really has that ‘Williams’ look about her right now and she is one match away from her first slam in 9 years! I would love to see this happen!
Garbine Muguruza is her opponent on Saturday. She totally overpowered Maggie Rybarikova today, who got going far too late in this one! Maybe this was just one too far for the Slovakian in the end, the belief looked to have gone! It was a bit disappointing as I really thought that she could give the Spaniard a game. The slice and variation didn’t get the results I thought it would. Nerves unquestionably played their part today and Muguruza doesn’t need a second bite right now. It was over in the blink of an eye 6/1 6/1, in 64 minutes.
This should be some final with both players confident and looking in the zone! Both have been in this position before and as today proved, they know how to handle the situation and expectations.
The remainder of the evening saw wins for both Jamie Murray/Martina Hingis and Henri Kontinen/Heather Watson (last years champions) in the mixed doubles event. Sending the British tennis fans home happy with wins on Centre Court.
Tomorrow sees the mens semi-finals, with Cilic and Federer down as the red hot favourites to meet on Sunday.
Andy Del Potro