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Result: Johanna Konta out of Wimbledon as Venus Williams reaches final

Venus Williams defeats Johanna Konta to reach her first Wimbledon singles final since 2009.

Great Britain's Johanna Konta has been knocked out of Wimbledon at the semi-final stage following a straight-sets defeat to Venus Williams.

The American 10th seed played superbly to win 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court and set up a final - her first in the tournament's singles competition since 2009 - against Spain's Garbine Muguruza.

Konta, playing in only her second major semi-final, squandered two opportunities to break her opponent's serve in the ninth game.

The 37-year-old veteran then broke the home favourite in the final game to take the opening set 6-4 after 38 minutes.

Konta continued to struggle as Williams broke her opponent's resistance in the fourth game of the second set before a solid hold of serve enabled her to inch closer to victory.

The Briton then fell 0-40 down to offer up three set points in game 10, firing a backhand long on the second, and Williams got the decisive break at 3-1 in the second.

Konta could only watch as Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994 by arrowing a forehand past her down the line on her third match point.

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