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Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta Wimbledon Live Stream: Williams and Konta battle for final spot

Brendan O'Neill 13 Jul 2017
  • Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta is live from Wimbledon on Thursday, 13 July from 2:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
  • Konta leads 3-2 on head-to-head, but this is their first ever meeting on grass
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Wimbledon at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

Five-time champion, Venus Williams seeks her first Wimbledon final since 2009, while Johanna Konta attempts to reach her first major final as both ladies clash in a potentially explosive semi-final on Thursday.

Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta The Championships tennis is live from Wimbledon on Thursday, 13 July from 2:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST
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Konta is looking to become the first British player to reach the Wimbledon final in 40 years, as she continues her dramatic rise in the sport. Two years ago, she was ranked outside the top 100, but a string of impressive results have propelled her through the WTA ranks, and she is now comfortably one of the top ladies in the sport. 

Nothing reflects Konta’s sharp progress better than her remarkable Wimbledon run. Prior to 2017, she had won just one match at the All England Club, and fallen at the first hurdle in four of her five previous visits, but the British No. 1 has looked like a Wimbledon veteran in the last week-and-a-half.

There was plenty of expectations around her at the start of the tournament- and rightly so. She is in the middle of a superb year that has already yielded titles in Sydney and Miami. There was a blip on clay (she is yet to come to terms with the red stuff), but she returned to form on grass with a runner-up finish in Nottingham and a semi-final run in Eastbourne (where she unfortunately had to quit a scheduled semi-final against Karolina Pliskova after a nasty fall during a quarter final victory over Angelique Kerber.)

Konta has dealt superbly well with the pressure from her demanding public. She has been pushed very hard in the last 10 days, but she has found the resolve to come through numerous tough moments. The 26-year-old has already been involved in two match-of-the-tournament contenders- against Donna Vekic in the second round, and the other, her brilliant quarter-final victory over Simona Halep. Both matches went the distance, just like her fourth round win over Frenchwoman, Caroline Garcia.

She opened her tournament with a routine 6-2 6-2 victory over Su-Wei Hsieh, but there was nothing routine about her next match against Vekic, who had beaten her in the Nottingham final a few weeks earlier. That one could have gone either way, but it was the Brit who held her nerve to win a tense contest 10-8 in the final set. She enjoyed a more straight forward 6-4 6-1 over Greek, Maria Sakkari in the third round, but she was given another thorough workout by Garcia in the Round of 16 before coming through 7-6 4-6 6-4.

Konta was once again required to dig deep in her quarter final against Halep, recovering from the loss of the opening set to squeeze past the Romanian in a quarter-final of the highest quality. Konta’s serve shone brilliantly, she was typically lethal off the ground, but most importantly, the world number seven stayed brave and courageous at the critical moments, taking the game to Halep at the end of the second set tie break, and in the final half of the deciding set.

Does she have two more performances in her, as she looks to end Wimbledon’s wait for a home champion in the women’s singles?

Standing between Konta and a historic final is a lady that knows all about winning Wimbledon. The fact that Konta is the bookmakers favourite feels a bit weird, given that a serial winner like Venus Williams is still in the draw, and is playing very well too. Not that the five-time champion is too concerned about public opinion, she has been written off in the past, but the great American has defied her advancing years, overcome serious health problems and risen again into Grand Slam relevance.

Venus Williams. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
The elder Williams sister is into her second straight Wimbledon semi-final, and her third semi-final in the last five majors. She had not been to the last four in the previous 22 Grand Slams.

The 37-year-old is seeking her second Grand Slam final of the season, having lost to Serena Williams in the title match at the Australian Open. That has been the stand-out result in a solid year so far, which has also produced a Miami semi-final, quarter finals at Indian Wells and Rome, and a decent fourth round showing at Roland Garros.

Venus endured a difficult start to her Wimbledon campaign, as she was initially said to be at fault for a fatal crash in Florida in early June- she has since been absolved of any blame- but she managed it well on court, battling past Elise Mertens and Qiang Wang in the opening couple of rounds. The tournament then threw at her the very best of the newest generation, but the legend passed the examination in flying colours, straight-setting her way past the teenage duo of Naomi Osaka and Ana Konjuh, and 20-year-old French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko.

Venus has served better as the tournament has progressed, particularly in the last two matches, where she was barely dropping points on her first serve. She will need a similar serving performance when she takes on Konta in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Konta has won three of their five career matches, including their only Grand Slam meeting at the 2016 Australian Open. They have split their two reunions in 2017, Konta winning a semi-final in Miami, and Venus stopping the Brit in the Round of 16 in Rome. They have never met on grass.

Konta and Williams are two of the better servers on the tour- hence, whoever maintains a higher level in that department would have taken a major step towards the final. If both ladies serve as well as they can, Venus will probably edge this, but Konta is more balanced off the ground, and with her greater consistency off both wings, she is likely to win most of the baseline rallies.

Except Venus Williams plays a blinder from the service line, that consistency should guide Konta into the Wimbledon final.

Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta is live from Wimbledon on Thursday, 13 July from 2:30pm local time/ 2:30pm BST

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