Highlights from the day's play at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Clare Balding and guests analyse key talking points from another busy day at the All England Club.
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Rybarikova, This is the national programme, now we're going to take
you over to Wimbledon. That's it and he's done it. Her Majesty will
present the trophy to a British winner. The emotions overcome him.
Brilliant. Oh yes. That is perfect. Irresistible. Majestic. Wimbledon
champion. 40 years, an agonising wait. 40
openings of the gate. 40 times round the sun. With the question - is this
the one? 40 years a tennis era, but finally we are getting nearer. What
a battle. That is genius. 40 years since the Silver Jubilee, could we
crown a new queen. 40 years on from me, the last. She's done it. A fairy
story comes true. But the eyes of the champion don't look to the past.
A moment in time, 40 years in the making. Take a breath, Jo. It could
be yours for the taking! Virginia waived, Wade, who know what is it is
like to be in the final as a champion and with England's women in
the semi-finals of women's cricket World Cup and Jo Konta this is a
massive month for women's sport. We will be reflecting on and enjoying
again the match with Tracey Austin and Kim Clijsters and we will be
joined by Martina Navratilova after a bit of action herself on court
one. I hear from the cheers that Heather Watson and Kontinen have
won. They have done it. Fantastic stuff. 7-5 in the third set and they
go through to the semi-finals. They're the defending champions. So
let's start our review of the day with a look back at the biggest day
in Jo Konta's tennis life. She has fought her way through three
three-setters and across the net a woman who has done it all before.
Back in 97 it seemed to rain day after day and it was Venus's first
Wimbledon. I was put down with her. There was mum. And what I presume
was a younger sister. Now I know that was Serena. I didn't even
realise that Serena played. The first ball came flying at me. He
proceeded to hit each ball at mach10. Sam Smith with her
reflections of a young Venus. She is playing her 101st match at
Wimbledon. At the age of 37. But the crowd giving a huge ovation for Jo
Konta in her first Wimbledon semi-final. She said she felt
blessed to share Centre Court with the five-times champion. Venus cool
as ever. Served first and held and we pick it up in the second game in
the match, Konta serving for the first time.
Look how far she is in for the second serve s Venus. Ready to
attack. Sometimes just that presence there
can unsettle the double fault. A very early double fault. It shortens
the court, you feel the player closer to you and you hit a shorter
serve and sometimes they go in the net.
Nice come back after the double fault. It was important to get it
after a good start. The same for Jo Konta. Her coach on the left with
the sun glasses. Don't want to let Venus Williams get into the stride.
Wow that sends a message. I think the return was way more powerful
than the serve. And it was a good serve. It was a 93mph second serve.
Venus Williams smacks it back and draws the error.
The crowd applaud, thinking, hoping it might be an ace. Konta asks the
question. Just out. Not quite. Still stuck on
29 aces in this tournament. These two with the highest number of aces.
Not even the long arms of Venus Williams can get to that one.
You can hear the good will from the crowd urging her to get her service
hold. STUDIO: Konta recovered and held her
nerve as well as her serve and both continued to do so as we pick it up
at 4-4 with Venus serving. She is looking up, the sun is right
where she likes to toss the ball. And the double fault arrives. She is
not happy at all. A bit of cloud will be along shortly.
Oh no, oh no. Not surprising. Rarely see Venus miss volleys. Just
completed misjudged this. Maybe still blinded from the sun from the
serve and I'm looking into it again on the volley. I don't know how
bright it is out there. Well, the first break points arrive.
A return right back at the feet of Venus Williams. And Centre Court
will only get louder. What a serve. That was courageous.
106 second serve. That is the fastest second serve of the day.
Probably of the tournament, second serve, break point down, 4-4, going
for broke. That is seriously brave tennis from the former champ.
Having seen off those two break points, moves closer now to the
hold. So crucial for Venus to be hitting her forehand with authority
like this. Staying down and committing to it.
Challenge from Konta, but it did look a little bit heavy-handed. We
shall see if it was long. I thought it was a foot long. I thought she
might have hit a short ball. I think she saw Venus was on the the
baseline and tried to sneak it at her feet.
The pressure grows. Tried to control that forehand side. Just a bit of
top-spin for control. You can hear Venus Williams stepping
up the noise and the power and suddenly three set points for Venus
Williams. Well that second serve was so deep.
A bit of bravery on second serve. A lot of the crowds had their hearts
in their mouths. It was a good thing there was a lot of kick on that
serve. It would have gone wrong. The kick brought it in. A brave second
serve from Jo. That is long and it is the the first
blow to Venus Williams in this semi-final. There was a pause as the
crowd took it in. STUDIO: That meant Venus was serving
first in the second set. We pick it up with Konta 1-2 down.
The hand of apology. Two let caughts in a row, forcing Jo to come in. The
second one dribbling the ball over the net. And now again trouble. She
has to come up with some big serves here.
No. And the vice tightens further for Jo Konta. Three break points.
Third double point. Shot! She was a little slow getting
to the backhand, but she did a good job keeping the ball low. What a
nice drop volley on a big point. Will this be the difference in this
game? She needs a break. She's not been lucky in this match so far.
Oh and it's good, this time the clip on the net is fine for Konta. Two
down one to go. She is flirting with the net every shot she hits, the net
clearance is so low. Still a break point down though.
And Williams has it? No. STUDIO: Terrific effort from Konta,
but Williams maintaining the advantage. Konta is serving to stay
in the match when we rejoin it. This is about the only battle that
Jo has been winning is the aces. Everything else Williams has had the
upper hand. That checked off the baseline right
on the line. The ball slows down considerably when it hits the chalk.
More abrasive chalk than the dprass. -- grass. She was way too early.
This time the net favours her just. They want it to go on, this dream
for Johanna Konta. Well the second serve was good. The
follow up not so. Just had the longest game of this
match. A mistake drawn from Johann that
Konta and does it end here? For a run that has been... Match point,
Venus Williams. Not yet. Not yet. That was about the
first nervous shot that Venus has hit this whole match. Too much time
too think about it? That's probably true.
Again the mistake on the forehand, long it goes. And another
opportunity for Venus Williams to make a Wimbledon final once again.
Good time to find a great first serve.
Double fault. Once again for Johanna Konta and it brings up a third match
point here on Centre Court. There it is. This times the arms
aloft in celebration. It is Venus Williams who is back in the
Wimbledon final after so many years. For Konta, it ends here.
You had the crowd behind her, how well did you have to play to win? I
thought the crowd was very nice to me. They could have been really even
more boisterous. I thought the crowd was fair. I know they love Jo and
there was a lot of pressure and I thought she handled it well. I think
my experience helped. You had a smile on your face after the match,
what were you feeling when you had won? She played so well. No point
was easy. I just tried to climb on top each time to get another point
and then, wow, it was done. I was so happy. Muguruza in the final what,
can we look forward to? We both play well on grass. The last time she
played Serena so so I have to ask her for pointers. Usually it is her.
Have you missed Serena. Terribly. I just wish she was here. I was like,
I wish she could do this for me. I said o this time you have to do it
for yourself. So here we are. Over all I think all the credit has to go
to Venus and the way she was able to play today. I don't think I did too
much wrong. She just dictated the match from the very beginning to the
very end. So I had very few chances to get a good foot hold in the match
and when I did have the chances, she did very well to take them away from
me. So all credit to her. You take away a sense of pride in the way you
were able to play so well to get to the point but deal with the
attention that goes with it as a British player? Definitely, I think
I dealt with it how I expected myself to deal with it. How I felt I
was going to. But to be able to be involved until this stage of
tournament, I'm very happy with nachlt I would have liked to have
gone further. But I'm taking a lot of good things. A word on the warmth
from the public, they have taken you to their hearts, even more than ever
it seeps? They were magnificent and the noise and just the general
support that I have feet, the support and love I have felt has
been truly been incredibly MEPable. -- memorable. A way Konta has
remained calm, but the Queen of calm and staying in the moment is Venus
Williams, she comes through. Martina Navratilova has joined us after
winning on Court One. Well done. I think we had better lose the tennis
balls, they're blocking you. I was going to eat one up. That was
strawberries. We don't need tennis balls. Kim your take on that match.
What did you think about it as a whole I was looking forward to it. I
have been commentating on Jo's matches and I thought that she had a
chance. The match was very level from the start. And you could see
that Venus was trying to show her dominance and standing close in the
baseline and serving well. Just towards the end of that first set,
you saw that Jo had a couple of xhanss, a -- chance, but Venus came
up with her best tennis. That is what she has been able to do for so
many years is switch it on when she has to. It has been amazing to see.
She is extraordinary, Venus Williams, she, we just all have to
go, all we talk about Roger, look at Venus. 37 but that champion's
mentality. She played a very aggressive point, the forehand
winner and the next point she is facing a second serve and hits a
106mph second serve and Konta misses the return. That is very brave and
that was the last break point Konta saw. Very small margins and Venus
played very well. She was so aggressive from the beginning and it
paid off, just rushing Jo the entire time. Did you feel Jo should have
done anything different there? Well, she had a couple of openings at
15-30 on Venus's serve. Didn't do enough. She didn't miss the return,
beshe had some second serves that she didn't do enough with and 30-40
that was too well played by Venus. She didn't use the body serve
enough. She was struggling with her service games more than Venus. Venus
only faced two break points. You need to hold serve better. Venus did
use the body serve and it cramped Konta up. When you're that long, the
body serve is nasty. You have a long way to get away from the ball.
Especially with her returning from that close in the box. You have got
to push her off the baseline. The only way is to go right at her. I
don't think Jo did that enough. 52% down the middle of the court and Jo
struged with -- struggled with a couple and it started to get in her
head and five or six forehands she missed at crucial moments and that
was the difference in a match like this that is that close, the
foreland broke down. How much does the occasion that you?
Does adrenaline change way your body works? It does and the effect of
having Venus in front of you at this stage of the tournament, that does
have an impact, she forces you to go for the lines and forces you to put
a little bit more power into the second serves and she made a couple
of double faults here and there and that is what it feels like to have
Venus in front of you, she forces you to go for extra. Martina? I
think Jo Konta could have hit more down the line shots, Venus is still
there, she cheats crosscourt anyway, we all do, but the only opening is
down the line and she did not do that enough. It is hard to go up the
line, it is much higher. The amazing thing about Venus Williams is, ten
years after Roger and Venus were last champions together at the same
time in Wimbledon, we have a chance again and if you look at a record
compare to other Grand Slams, anybody else apart from her sister,
five times winner, three times runner-up, winning nine out of ten
semifinals, this place makes even better? She loves this place, she
feels more confident and importantly, it is the grass, it
suits her style of play. Her serve is naturally a slice, it stays low.
She likes shorter points and she had said flat, it moves through the
court very quickly and she likes to move forward as well. She is
alert, she becomes more alert here, looking to move forward and shorten
the points that she knows how to play. Martina, Jo Konta moves into
the top five on Monday, only the fourth British woman to get that
high. Jo Durie, Virginia Wade and Sue Barker, since rankings began.
What do she need to do to make it into the grand slam final win the
grand slam final? How much are you going to pay me for this answer? She
can improve her serve, her second serve she can use hand more. She a
nice motion, she still does not take full advantage of that but the
forehand has to be more steady. The transition game, waving to the net
and the backhand slice, she was not use that at all. That'll make your
backhand even better, it gives more variety and makes her opponent go
off-balance. Overall, she is missing better but the forehand has to be
more money and margin is not big enough. She is rubbing the ball. I
was nervous because it was clearing the net by one foot and that is when
you get nervous and you will feel it. And the forehand broke down
because of that. Nearly but not yet? Her contact point needs to be more
consistent on the forehand, that is what moves it. OK. Venus into the
final. Who would she face? Paddy Geary has the lowdown on the other
semifinal. There are many roads to Wimbledon and paths to Centre Court.
Rybarikova has gone a long way, tracking out of the valley of
injury, she was 453rd in March. Her journey back has taken her through
the scenic route. All the while her stride grew stronger. Into Wimbledon
unseeded but unafraid. She took down the favourite, Karolina Pliskova and
marched all the way to Vandeweghe in the quarterfinal. Straight sets,
Coco out. I am so happy, really speechless. She faces an woman who
has trodden this path before and knows there are bumps in the road.
Garbine Muguruza made the final before but left broken. One year
later she left Paris as a champion. This week, Kerber and Kuznetsova
have been dismissed and Muguruza as a guide. Her coach one here in 1984.
The path to the final is only wide enough for one player. Rybarikova
leading the way. 28 years old, five foot 11 and following her, the
6-foot tall 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza. Muguruza served first
hand-held. We pick up the match in Rybarikova's
opening service game. Commentary from Simon Reed,
John McEnroe and Kim Clijsters. Bad weighted shot from Muguruza. Her
favourite, the backhand down the line, on any surface. She really
loves to go for that shot. As always, great slow motion footage
of Muguruza. Almost expected of someone who has
not been in this position before. Experience comes in handy for
Muguruza. She is challenging but I am not sure with how much
expectation. No. Rybarakova was looking a little
forlorn but started to get back into the game as we rejoin it
with Muguruza leading Could she get onto the board here?
Do you remember much as you played many felt completely overwhelmed
because of stress or pressure? My first match on this court. I played
Jimmy Connors in the semifinal, I felt like I was hyperventilating and
my legs were shaking! I do know what she is feeling. My
last match, I lost two under Agassi, where that experience felt like
nothing. Nothing you can do. That is the other terrible thing. Getting
blown out. In the end, the legs are tired. And it is not nerds. It is
just old age! That is worse! -- it is not nerds.
And I thought I was old at 33. Take a look at Roger Federer! 35, almost
36, he looks amazing. Unbelievable. Venus, we will see her at 37.
22 minutes and Muguruza has opened up a 5-0 lead. Conchita Martinez
looking on, Muguruza firing on all cylinders and after 27 minutes in
the sixth game, Rybarikova got onto the scoreboard. The crowd trying to
cheer encouragement. But she was looking
at a 5-1 deficit. And Muguruza was not
in the mood for sympathy. She served out the first set
with her first set point. And it started in a similar
vein to the first. She made her way onto the court. 35
minutes, to come back to your question earlier! We are off and
running. Hopefully! The difference in playing styles is
interesting, Rybarikova is so straight, even when she hits it her
upper body does not go forward a lot, compared to Muguruza, every
chance she can move in, she likes to go forward.
Coming into this match, both players had about the same amount, Muguruza,
16 already and Rybarikova has only been to the net than four times, she
has been on her heels the entire match.
That is great. On the money, so far. It was racing by so fast. Rybarikova
got onto the scoreboard in the second set but we picked this up
with Muguruza serving out for- one. -- serving at 4-1.
She has played those very well. Unfortunately, there has only been
three or four of those points. Out of 12 games, that is not amount to a
lot. Another game goes the way of
Muguruza. The one went Martina was 37? Around there. It would be
interesting to see... Maybe not for people in Britain, but for Muguruza,
being coached by Conchita to play, another 37-year-old American. Who
knows? It is possible! We will find out soon, apparently, with what
happens in the other semifinal. We said about Muguruza for a lot of
this year, when things go wrong they start to go very wrong but there is
no sign of anything going wrong here.
Again, that depth. It is almost like you want to get a hook and taken out
of there. -- Tech her out of there. I think she once you to get the
hook. Please take me off! From Muguruza, this is a perfect
semifinal, it is short and she is not wasting any energy and she is
able to play her game and be dominant. She will leave this match
feeling very comfortable and motivated to start. She has been
dictating. She is through to the final again!
It was that good, Conchita is smiling. She is a very talented
player and she was playing very good during the tournament and I think
today I stepped onto the court super-confident and everything went
well. How about your big match experience compared to her as?
Having been a Grand Slam champion and being at the final here?
Definitely, in this situation it is knowing how to handle it better and
I was more prepared than the first time I played so definitely yes.
What is Conchita Martinez as a former champion going to bring to
you when it comes to the final? She knows how to win here and I did not
the last time so hopefully she can tell me something. She has been
helping me during the two weeks of her experience and tips, so for sure
it is going to help. Just over one hour, can you describe coming to
Wimbledon as like going to Disneyland? Do you think Rybarikova
was a little bit starstruck? I think so, a little overwhelmed by the
occasion and I listened to her post-match interviews and a lot of
times she mentioned, I cannot believe it! You need to believe it
if you want to win. It is normal for the first time in that situation, so
many more details are added, the pressure, you have not been there
before, it is normal but the most frustrating thing is in that
situation, she was unable to play her best. If you get beaten at best
we shake hands and say, you were too good today. It is frustrating if you
cannot. To look at her record at Wimbledon and how many times she
went out in round one, once in round three and here is the semifinal,
coming up against some? And she also came out differently. The match
against Coco, she was hitting the ball between her legs in the warm
up, she looked very relaxed and today, Rybarikova was to tens
because the situation is very different in the semifinals,
touching distance of the final. But all credit to Muguruza, she was so
balanced, she moved well, in control from the service games, she was
doing drills, getting to the corner is beautifully and so close to the
lines. She has incredible power. She always has found that, she picks
spots better and after the first couple of games, after the first
service break, she realised there was nothing she can hurt me with so
she relaxed even more and never had any pick-up. Firing on all
cylinders, the backhand down the line, good clearance, that is a safe
shot for her and it paid off. She has a very clear game plan. Conchita
has helped mentally but also tactically. I feel that she really
knows what you want is to do on the court. And she is a big game
performer? I am really excited about the final against Venus Williams.
What do you think Muguruza will do to her? How much damage? Will she
went? On grass, it is important to play your first two shots very well
and Venus did that well today and if Venus plays as well as today in the
final, it will be very hard for Muguruza to win. But you have to
hang in there and stay close and Venus also might have a moment in
the match where she will drop are level and little and that is when
you have to take a chance and take that opportunity. Looking at the
head-to-head, Williams winning three, Muguruza winning one of them.
They have not played on grass. The one advantage is Muguruza is scared
of nobody! Venus isn't either. A lot of players would start two points
behind because it is the final at Wimbledon with Venus. I love the
fact that Muguruza is just so contained, if she played this way,
when she won the French Open, not making so many unforced errors, and
sometimes her shots don't seem to have any purpose and today she was
very purposeful and she had a game plan that could execute because
often she makes too many unforced errors and she seemed like she
really played within herself and she has the talent, the execution is
what is important. Free coaching advice, Martina? What does Muguruza
do to Venus? The Buddies serves that Jo Konta did not? I believe so, she
will do that, the second serve early, I think it is the backhand
down the line that will be the deciding shot in that exchange
because the forehand, Venus is better, I think Muguruza has the
edge on the backhand and down the line, she will have to use that shot
early in the rallies to open up the court. Also interesting is both
players like to come in, Muguruza more so than Venus and this might be
the first time that Venus has played somebody who is more aggressive than
herself. It will be interesting to see who gets to the net first. And
court position as well. Both of them were on top of the baseline,
especially Muguruza, hitting the ball early, robbing time from the
opponent. Should be a good match. It is one I am really looking forward
to. Plenty of British interest
in the mixed doubles quarter-finals as Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis
took on British pair Welcome to this Mixed Doubles match.
Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis against Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae.
Well played, Jocelyn Rae! That is a lovely shot.
Jamie Murray could see that coming, he was off, like a rabbit.
Great shot. That was beautifully worked.
And the first set to the top seeds. They were made to play Mixed Doubles
with each other. Lovely shot. What an angle from Hingis.
Long, great stuff. Masterclass from the top seeds.
You were just willing someone to win this with a winner. How did he see
that? If he had not seen that, he would have had that in the eye. Done
and dusted, Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis, just a little bit too much
class. Shirley Bassey watching on, they move through to the semifinals.
Kontinen and Watson also through. There was mixed success
in the wheelchair singles. British teenager Alfie Hewett
dropped the first set against Nicolas Peifer of France
but fought back to win in three. Defending champion and top seed
Gordon Reid was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Sweden's Stefan Olsson
in a rematch of last year's final. And Britain's Lucy Shuker lost
6-3 6-1 to second seed Jordanne Whiley was 5-1 down in the
second set of her singles quarterfinal and she fought back in
the tie-break but lost. We've scoured the courts
for today's Shot of the Day. Terrific rally! That was the rally
other day and not the shot of the day! But good to get some doubles.
Tomorrow, the men's semi-finals take centre stage.
I lost 6-4 in the fifth, two years back and at Queen's, Toth grass
court losses to him, part of it is metal and part physical, I will keep
doing what I have been doing and hopefully be good enough. Sam played
very well this year, even last year, at Wimbledon, he has the big game.
He potentially can hurt anyone in the game. For me, I have to get
ready fully and be very focused on my own game. I could never really
play quite so freely last year because I am more focused on my
knee, it is behaving well, what is not going to be good for my
opponent? This year I am just a normal tennis player, I can focus on
tactics and that is a difference. In 2010I beat Roger and Novak and this
year I am playing Roger, and Rafa Nadal is not there, it is going to
be interesting. We need to get someone to talk about Marin Cilic.
He has won the US Open, one of the nicest guys on the tour. I am
cheering him on. Tracy? Sam, American. I'm not sure he is going
to win. Marin Cilic is up in their head-to-head 4-0 and Marin Cilic has
Thomas Bjorkman in his cab. And he has a Grand Slam under his belt.
Roger will be cheating so I will go for Tomas Berdych. -- Roger would be
cheating. That means I get Roger. And he is just wonderful, isn't he?
I will say no more! Time now for Quote of the Day,
and which former Wimbledon champion Well, not one of them gives me
motivation because all other names I read, I all of them for the last
year's, you see the surname Williams. I look forward to just
having it there. But the Spanish name back there. So none of them is
the answer! I was disappointed she did not say Conchita!
There will be some early morning drizzle but that should clear
And this has been floating our social media boat today.
With Johanna Konta's love of baking, we've decided to go for the cake
This is what watching Jo Konta is like! It would have been a heck of a
comeback but sadly did not happen. We're back tomorrow
at 8pm on BBC Two. Sue and the team from 12.30pm
on BBC Two, 1.45pm on BBC One. Those finals will be fabulous. --
semifinals. Thank you Martina, Tracy and Kim. Back in court tomorrow?
Tracey? We play each other! My word! I hope that is on the Red Button!
Not to worry! And goodbye to Jo Konta. Terrific effort. She has
Clare Balding presents highlights from the day's play at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Clare and guests from the tennis world analyse all the key talking points from another busy day at the All England Club.