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You are about to lead -- leave the sanctuary of the locker room. Take a
deep breath. Focus. It's time to take the walk. Pictures hang on the
wall. Great moments captured in time. Ignore them. Your opponent is
right there. Ignore them. You are nervous. There is pressure.
Especially if you are the home favourite. The woman who has
suddenly got the whole nation behind you. History weighing on your
shoulders. Ignore it. Walk down the stairs. Past the trophy cabinet.
Past the honours board. Ignore them. Tell yourself, this is just another
match. Only it's not. You know it's not. It's the semifinal at
Wimbledon. The door is open, finally. The end of the tunnel. And
it's time to go to work. No one knows that walk better.
Martina Navratilova has 59 Grand Slam titles, while Johanna Konta
will make that walk today still striving for her first. We have not
had a day like this for 39 years. A British woman in the semifinals at
Wimbledon. But Konta has performed brilliantly at this year's Wimbledon
and carries the country's hopes after Andy Murray's defeat
yesterday. She was out on the practice court this morning. Three
times she has been taken to three sets and each time she has found a
way to win. And they have been some of the most thrilling matches of
this year's Wimbledon. Standing in her way is an all-time great of the
sport. Venus Williams is a five times winner of the ladies singles.
At the age of 37 she is the oldest semifinalist since Martina 23 years
ago. She has played 100 matches here and won 86. But Konta has a winning
3-2 record against Williams. And has already disposed of number two seed
Simona Halep. She is the first British woman to reach the
semifinals since Virginia Wade in 1978. The other semifinal is Garbine
Muguruza against Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza was a finalist
two years ago when she lost to Serena Williams. Rybarikova is one
of the stories of the championship. She is ranked 87 in the world and
she makes comeback from injury. She has won 18 of 19 matches on grass
this year. Good afternoon. Today is a huge day for Jo. She will be on
Centre Court later, hoping the British fans will cheer her to
victory. That is the second match on the centre. First up, it is Muguruza
against a player who until now had never made it past the third round
of a major. Maybe the nerves were kicking in. Just a short time ago
Muguruza claimed the opening set. This is how she did it. And another
error from Rybarikova. Muguruza takes the opening set 6-1. Her
coach, can she do Martinez, a former Wimbledon champion, absolutely
delighted. Muguruza has a break of serve as we join it live in the
second set. She is serving at 1-0. Let's join our commentators, Kim
cloisters, John McEnroe and Simon Read.
That is one of the few times she has come forward. That is what she
needed to do there, just reach for it. Get down with those legs.
I hate to say it, as she turned towards us, there is a resigned look
about Rybarikova. Frustrating, too. It is frustrating if you are playing
the biggest match of your career and you're not playing your best tennis.
She is a little hesitant. That is not fun. At least on the big stage
you want to play some of your best tennis.
She is keeping a great length, to, Muguruza. She has come out extremely
focused, ready to go. She has brought game. -- her A game.
And this is a woman who has won 18 19 grass court matches coming into
this one. But of course is very different. -- this is very
different. And then there is that. It took 35
minutes for her to start to feel the ball. That one shot, that forehand
passing shot that would have given her the lead, just send her reeling
in the opposite direction. Now she looks like she did at the beginning.
She is coming back to being completely frozen. Muguruza seems
even a little bit better. She was making some mistakes in that first
sad. She is now stepping her game up. For Rybarikova, it is one thing
saying, I'm thrilled to be in the semifinal, I'm delighted, can't
believe it. She didn't say it but I'm sure people have said to her,
there is no pressure. You are not expected to win. Taking that on
board is one thing and it is another thing believing it. You want to show
what you can do. One of my most frustrating things about losing my
Grand Slam finals early in my career was that, OK, it's lose, that is not
fun. But the fact I wasn't able to play my best tennis. That my
opponents did not beat me at my best, that was the most
disappointing for me. Right now, if you had told me she had won 18 out
of 19 grass court matches, it looks like she has lost 18 out of 19.
She has stepped game up again, Muguruza. Another notch.
Too casual by Rybarikova. How about blasting the ball at her? Change
something up. A clever little shot. That is a
one-handed sliced backhand. Caught Muguruza off-guard. Tried to let at
bounce and changed her mind again. She is hitting way too many balls a
couple of feet inside the baseline. Beautiful. You have to hand it to.
-- you have to hand it to her. The other side of the coin, it's nice
when everything is working. Yeah. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen
too often. At times it's frighteningly good. When I was --
when I was getting beaten, hence of Lee, I'd be looking at the clock.
You've got to make it to an hour. Make it a set 6-3, or something.
I played Rios one time here on Centre Court. I did the opposite. It
was 6-0, 5-0. I was trying to stay on for 45 minutes just to give it a
little bit of a challenge! Yes! APPLAUSE
Clear thinking. Could that be a trigger? LAUGHTER.
It's a nice feeling for Muguruza knowing that your opponent is not
going to hit her of the court. She has put a lot of variety in to her
shots but they are not hurting her. You can see what a huge difference
hitting the ball deep makes when you're out there. That return right
at the baseline, way too many. APPLAUSE
That previous return is something her coach worked on with everybody
he coached. That is something he really tries to focus on when he
works with a girl. She is unstoppable. People don't
understand what controlling the court means. They should study this
tape. How much easier it is when you are dictating from the baseline as
opposed to scrambling. She is going to challenge. It did
look like it might have been long. SLOW CLAPPING
Certainly needs to be as far as this match is concerned. And it is.
The toss was extremely low, too far forward.
Really good job. Muguruza is on fire. The rallies are getting longer
and she is playing a little bit better again, Rybarikova, but it is
Muguruza all the way. Just moving her from side to side.
It was there if it was over. That was the same shot she had to hold
the first game. She didn't do it. Way too many short balls. Her serve
is 34 miles an hour less than it has been in the tournament. -- three or
four. Desperate enough to try for the first time the serve and volley.
Is a break point for a 5-0. That is the skill she has at her
disposal if so -- if only she could use it. She has got some good hands.
She has got a lot of variety. That has really hurt her, how short
she has hit the ball. That is the shot of the match, that backhand
down the line. APPLAUSE
For once, Muguruza being manoeuvred around. This is the longest game of
the match. And it is pivotal. APPLAUSE
Well played. It is fascinating. Just two years
ago at Birmingham on grass, Rybarikova went the 6-3, 6-1. A few
weeks later, Muguruza goes on to get to the Wimbledon final. She was
playing well at that stage. But big court, biggest match of her life,
she hasn't been able to show. Yes, and of course a lot can happen in
that time. This is already a huge step for her. Both girls. Muguruza,
since then, has had some of the biggest result of her career.
Something I have admired about Muguruza is that even before she had
one a lot of big matches, she was so composed out there. She looked like
she had already won Grand Slams, without being overly confident. She
already acted and behaved like she belonged. And I think is something
that added to it. That belief in yourself is so important, to be able
to win matches like this and to win big tournaments. From what I have
seen in the last couple of years, you never feel that confidence is
one of her problems. No! Which is a good thing. As I said, not overly
confident. But she has her results where you think, she is doubting
yourself. You would never see it in her body language.
The way she acted when she won the French, it looked like she was never
going to lose another match! But she has perhaps been humbled
just a touch in the past year or so. Can she do Martinez came into the
picture. The timing seemed right. She has gathered herself you nicely.
-- Conchita Martinez. Martinez a champion here 23 years
She has played those really well, those lobs. Unfortunately, there
have only been three or four of those points. And in 12 games, that
doesn't amount to a whole lot! Another game goes Muguruza's way.
When Conchita Martinez won it, Martina was what, 37? It would be
interesting to see Muguruza play another 37-year-old American. It is
possible. We will find out, apparently soon, what happens in the
other semifinal. We said about Muguruza for a lot of
this year, that 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 most like you want to get a hook and take her
out of there. -- almost. She wants you to get the hook! Please take me
off. For Muguruza, this is the perfect
semifinal. It is short, she is not wasting any energy. She has been
able to play her game, dominate her opponent. She will leave this match
feeling very comfortable and motivated to start. She has been
She is through to the final again. And it was that good, Conchita
Martinez is smiling. The good news for Rybarikova is it did last the
hour. But there wasn't much more. 64 minutes. But wasn't Muguruza good?
She was extremely good. Rybarikova didn't make it hard enough for her
to be tested but she dictated most of the games, almost all of them.
Like I said before, she will leave the court feeling very comfortable
and happy with how the semifinal went. She is into her third Grand
Slam final. But John, as you were hinting, I sense when she won Roland
Garros last year, she was going to take over. She acted like she
believed it. It took awhile for her to get to grips with the reality
that it wasn't quite that simple. I think she is playing better than she
was when she won the French. She beat Serena.
She's more aggressive and it paid off. I feel bad for Rybarikova.
She's had the tournament of her life. It would be hard to, not for a
while, to be thinking about what just happened. It makes you think,
yeah, maybe I am like 80 in the world. You don't think of yourself
as a top player after being beat like that.
Well, she will go to 33 on Monday. That will be a boost to be seeded in
some tournaments. Getting into the main draw wherever
she wants. And who know, Muguruza, the world number one spot is
changing week by week and looks as if it will do, and she has a shot at
that. Is she the number one? No.
A possibility. She will go five if she wins the
title, Muguruza. She did what she needed to it was a
great effort. So, there is confirmation. It lasted
all of 65 minutes. But Muguruza is through, 6-1, 6-1.
She's now talking to Phil Jones. Congratulation, another Grand Slam
final. You've reached this one, far quicker than anyone expected. It
seems you're on the top of your game right now? I think that I played
very well for sure. It was a tricky match. She's a talented player. She
was playing well during the tournament. Today I stepped out on
the court confident and everything went well.
How about your big match experience compared to her's, having been a
Grand Slam champion ho in the final here, was that telling? Definitely.
When you have been before, you handle the matches better. I played
well, definitely, yes. Owl through the tournament, you are
playing at a great level. Are you surpassing that time you were
playing at the French Open? Surpassing it? I'm not sure. I just
want to keep it up well now. And hopefully it goes my well. What is
Conchita Martinez going to bring to you, being here on former occasions.
Well, she knows how to win here. She has been helping Major League
through the weeks with her experience and tip, so for sure it
will help. And a question on the final itself,
it will be Venus, Johanna Konta, an historic occasion, regardless of who
is in the final, how will you enjoy the final? I will enjoy it for sure.
Being in a Grand Slam final is an achievement. I want to win, no
matter who is in front. I want to see their game. I will look forward
to it. Well, congratulations, you are
playing brilliantly. Well done. Thank you.
A masterclass of grass court play and concentration as well. She never
let her opponent into the match. Keeping the level of her game so
high. When she is in full flow, she looks unstoppable on this surface.
There is coach, Martinez, yes, she's absolutely delighted. A former
champion here, she has seen Robert Mugabe playing her best and getting
into a semifinal for a second time. Well done to Muguruza,
disappointment for Rybarikova. But, firstly, what an incredible match,
Muguruza is playing? Don't wake her up. All of the years of train, we
play to be playing at that level. That is dream like. The way that
Muguruza wassating har gets on the serve. Being aggressive. The
footwork was so alert. On balance, hitting targets from one sideline to
the other. Within six inches of the baseline and loves the backhand and
continues to be aggressive as she has throughout the tournament.
And never gave her opponent time to play the shots? Just suffocated her.
She tried to change the pace with the slice, the drop shots but
Muguruza was up there so quickly, she was so prepared. Up there.
Obviously loves the backhand. But no missed cues. And Rybarikova was
rushed all the time. And Muguruza was inside the baseline
in almost every rally. Rybarikova could not push her back? No, and
threw in the slice, and there, Muguruza with excellent footwork and
preparation and continued to stay calm. We thought maybe she would get
nervous closing out quickly but never did.
A clear focus and game plan. And as far as Rybarikova is
concerned, the enormity of the occasion caught up with her? I
agree. She was kicking the ball around, and hitting the ball looking
relaxed. But not today. She was a little agitated. A couple of
challenges, looking to her support box. I think she got to within a
couple of matches of winning Wimbledon, within a touching point
and tightened up. This is a lot to take in. She's won five matches, and
beaten many, and then the media and the obligations, maybe a little too
much. But what a fairy tale so far. We have said it in the summer with
Muguruza, a breath of fresh air for tennis but it didn't happen. And if
she carries on playing like this, she will be the world number one? We
have said it how many time, Sue? That is consistency, that is
lacking. Muguruza's career, she has won a grand total of three titles
and a major, which is not right for someone with this level of talent
and potential and the weapons but is not giving it often enough. Maybe it
is Conchita matter Mersey, she knows how to win at Wimbledon in '94. And
also chilled. She is relaxed. Maybe that is helping Muguruza manage the
situation. She knows how to win here. Garbina struggled with the
forced errors. In a tough situation she puts the spin on the ball, and
keeps it in play to wait for the right opportunity. Maybe that is
Conchita in her head. It took just over an hour. But there
is a real buzz on the Centre Court, next up is the British woman rocking
Centre Court this year. British tennis history is made. It's
been 39 years since a British woman became a semi-finalist.
Wow! Yes, it is Johanna Konta up against Venus Williams. Martina has
joined us. We saw you doing that nervous walk on Centre Court, it
starts to build from the quarterfinals onwards? It does. It
has changed the walk. It is longer now as the locker room was closer
are so even more time to get nervous. But it's a great moment.
This is all the work has been done. This is where you want to be. So,
hey, you are here, you get to play. But it is almost surreal it is quiet
in the walkway, it is you and the opponent and then you come out and
you are on worldwide TV. It's a big change. Even the lockerroom is quiet
with less competitors in the drauchlt it feels like, OK, this is
the moment. We saw in the last match just how nerves can play a part. She
didn't play well in the first few games but couldn't stop the rot?
This is why the beginning of the match is crucial for the lower
ranked player. Not to let the top-ranked player runaway. As their
nerves are set. It is really a freight train. She needed the first
hole, it didn't happen. And Muguruza has been playing this way the whole
tournament but today, I would have thought her nerves would have been
Dingling than perhaps other matches but she played solid.
Well, of course, Venus knows her way to a woman's semifinal but let's
hear from Johanna Konta, she's been talking to Richie. A very special
day for Johanna Konta. It's extra special for British
tennis fans - they've waited 33 years to be able to say that one of
their own is in the quarterfinals. Whenever you engage in one of these
tight tight tustles, you always seem to have the belief... Wow! It's her
trademark. I trust in my own ability. It has to
be there. # And I rise up
# I'll rise like the day # I'll rise up
# I'll rise unafraid # I'll rise up, and I do it a
thousand and times again... You're the first British woman since 1978
to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Winning the quarterfinal
match means you will be in the top five of the women's rafrngings when
they are out next week... I didn't know that! OK! Thank you!
Congratulations. Thank you! When you add up all of
the achievements, do you pat yourself on the back and go well
done? It's difficult. I guess in both the fortunate and unfortunate
positions in tennis, things move very quickly. Before you know it,
the championships will be over and there will be ex-events next week.
In that sense as it is so fast-moving it is almost an art to
reflect well and acknowledge the good things you do. And it is
something that I work on to acknowledge the good things I'm
doing. But I'll let you know over Wimbledon how my pat on the back
went, OK. ARCHIVE: British tennis history is
made... Venus William, semifinal at Wimbledon, the sound of that to us
is exciting, as you can imagine, what about for you? Equally. I have
shared the court with her a number of times in the last couple of
years, each time I have had to play her it's been a battle. The last
time she got the better of me, so I'm looking forward to sharing the
court with her again and to be playing against someone in such good
form, who is such a champion. I've never played her on the grass, so
that will be a new experience as well. How much can the crowd help
you in those difficult moments, that, I'm sure, will be coming
against Venus? I think they've been tremendous in their passion, their
support and their excitement for me to, I guess, battle well. I'm
definitely feeling humbled and grateful that they are on this
journey with me here and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing
them on Thursday. She's staying so focussed. And she's
come through major battles at this tournament? She has. Garcia 6-4. And
then Halep. In the set, five in the tie-break and then two sets to come.
And then getting the number one ranking, and Halep backed off a bit.
And Martina, this is when she broke in the fourth set it was important.
There are 23 games in a row where the players held serve. That is how
they play, no break points. But Jo put herself in the position more
than Halep. And pulling back, that was all she needed.
This is serving for the match, no sign of nerves at all? Not at all.
She was brilliant. She doesn't let the errors mount. That is what she
used to do. That's amazing to have such a turn around in two years.
Obviously working with a mentor coach has been helpful to be clear
of the game plan out there. But to be able to employ it time and time
again, that is helpful coming into the semi-finals to have the three
tight matches to come through. And beating Venus in Miami.
But this is this morning. Look how relaxed she is. Like she is going
out for a game in a local park. Again, this is why you are here.
This is a warm up to get the cobwebs out, to get the heart rate going and
the blood rate going. But all the work has been done. This is the warm
up. She is clearly enjoying it. That is what it should be, embracing it,
not dreading it. And you have to stay focussed, and
also to keep the feet moving. It's a difficult balance.
Tennis is a difficult competition, you must be intense, then calm, to
get ready for the ball, to be fast then slow. It is fast, low, fast,
slow. To remember your mistakes so you don't make them again. It's a
fun game! And where one point can swing the set? Absolutely. And how
many times has she been able to do that and on her own serve. She has a
big serve but a clutch serve. That is important. She can come up with
the big serve when she needs it most. Serving today will be huge.
Both players have a huge first serve but Venus' sell serve can be
attackable. Her first serve must be high.
They are both big servers, there is nothing between the two. One mile an
hour on the first serve, again on the second serve. The only
difference is at the bottom is where Venus has 22 double faults to Jo's
ten. Overall, Venus has a better return
of serve, overall. Also that last match against Halep, Jo was missing
the returns. So she must get that into play.
And the placements. This is where Venus has been serving. The middle
column in the red. 30% on the left court and 14% on the deuce court and
then change over to Konta, she's going for the corners.
0% on the left. Tracy, we know she loves to go for the angle. She is
fit. So she can get the returns back? She should body serve more
with Venus at 6ft 1, throw in the body serve so Venus can't get into a
rhythm on the returns. And Jo forehand is a little brittle but
Venus serves out wide to the deuce court.
And grace placement, and does not like to be taken wide on the return,
so she is using the body serve. As you are older you hit the body
serves. The young guns go for the aces, Venus is using the body serve,
somebody that long it is hard to get out of the way of the ball. Venus
loves to step into the ball. When you are that tall with long arm it
is is a little more tricky, so hopefully Jo's team have done the
homework and know where Venus is serving so that they can change
their locations a little bit. Technically, who's serve is better?
I think it is Jo. Venus is a big server but pulls down with the left
side quickly. And has a tendency to get predictable. As she slices on
the right side of the ball she likes to go wide, especially down the T in
the ad side. That is predictable. She must mix it up to all four
corners and the body serve. The second serve she decelerates instead
of going up and after. I think that Jo's second serve is better. Jo has
been playing in the first women's semifinal leer. But not the same for
Venus who made her debut 20 years ago. She is still in contention for
the final. Here is her story.
A lot can change in 20 years, people come, people go... Some things
remain constant but long reigns are scarce in sport, making Venus
Williams the rarest of gems. 20 years after her first Wimbledon, 100
matches and five titles later, Williams The Elder is a serious
contender again. It's the love for the game. It is
what you need to keep a long career. Of course, the belief too. She must
still believe she is capable of beating the best players out there
and she can. At 37, she's the oldest woman to
make the semi-finals here since the legendary Martina Navratilova in
1994. The British player who practiced with Venus during the
first Wimbledon didn't see it coming at all.
I remember back in 1997, Venus' first Wimbledon. We spent a lot of
time together on the practice courts. I started hitting with
Venus, it was not normal, getting every ball at mach 10. If you told
me 20 years ago she would be playing in 2017, I don't think I could have
believed you. And considering the gloom of her
heavy dwloom of the recent and much publicised car accident.
Maybe I should go... Venus is a warm person, an empathetic person, this
is not something that she would be able to brush off. She internalises
it. She's a stoic person, so for her to break down like that,
demonstrates the internal struggle she is going through.
I think that she finds refuge on the tennis court but no more so than at
Wimbledon. Just being on that grass, I think is
very comforting to her in a lot of ways. And she's one of only two
former champions here, so I'd' give her a shot.
Being able to treat the two imposters, triumph and disaster, the
same, has never felt more apt for Williams as she bids to succeed her
sister as champion and win her first singles championship for nine years.
You can't discount Venus, she is playing well, as well as she ever
has. Venus comes to Wimbledon as if she belongs here.s as she says, it
feels like her home. Taking fill ownership of Wimbledon once again,
would abtale for the ages. A lot can change in 20 years but lifting
Wimbledon trophies never gets old. It really is the most incredible
story. And being a great champion, walking on to Centre Court it is
playing from memory, remembering how to feel on the big moments.
Venus has many great feelings and memories to go by. She has won five
times. No other woman has won here like that, so she is a favourite
from the get-go. It helps. You can see how you hit it ten years
ago and then now, and think she can hit it.
I didn't think we would see Venus competing for a grand lamb final
ever again after hers medical diagnosis, the fatigue and the
discomfort for her joints it is a dream.
-- Grand Slam. I agree. Last year she got back to the semi-finals and
got back into the thick of it. And the top ten and at 37 to get into
the finals of the Australian Open, losing to Serena but as soon as
Serena was not in the draw, you had to make Venus a part of the
conversation. She knows how to play on the surface. She knows it. She is
comfortable with the grass on her feet. The points are shorter so,
that is helpful. And she knows when to go for the shot, when to pull the
trigger. We are to discuss what Jo can do
against Venus but let's get into the mind of her coach.
It's over. British tennis history is made.
It's been 39 years since a British woman can say I'm a Wimbledon
semi-finalist. What a moment. A Wimbledon semifinal
against a five-time champion for your player. How exciting is it?
It's very exciting moment in my coaching career as well.
Yes, this is where we want to be. This is what we are training for.
Yeah, I believe it will be a fantastic match.
Let's look ahead. Venus Williams, 20 years ago she first played the main
draw at Wimbledon. It's one of the great stories of the
sport, that she is here again in another semifinal.
Yes it is fantastic to play against Venus now. She has a successful year
this year. Everywhere she is playing she has had very good results. So
this will be a very big test for Johanna but a semifinal Wimbledon,
playing Venus Williams it can't get much better.
We know about Venus' strengths, they are obvious, what about the
weaknesses. The area to target? I don't think that we can speak about
a weakness, a player like Venus does not have a weakness. It is more
patterns. There are things we can expect. For Johannna it is forwent
focus on her strengths. When you got the call to coach
Johanna Konta, did you believe then that success at Wimbledon was
possible? Yes. Definitely yes. A great athlete. Someone who is
professional, dedicated. I saw someone with a big presence on
court. Not afraid to fail. And not afraid
to lose. Some have suggested perhaps she can
embrace the crowd a little more. It is such an advantage having 15,000
people behind you. Is that an issue, or would you rather she carry on
what she is doing? It is great to enjoy the court and feel the energy
from the crowd that is for sure. She is probably not expressing it as
much as people would like her to. But she is still young in her
career. And it's something that needs time for her, I think.
But, yeah, she's very comfortable in the zone where she is right now. At
this moment I would like her to stay in that zone.
Is it possible she will be in the Wimbledon final on Saturday? For
sure, it's possible. 50/50 against Venus.
She has to play a good match. Unfortunately, it will depend on the
level of Venus but I give her a chance.
She has to believe in herself. I do belief in her. Her team believes in
her. What will your final message be to
her when she makes the walk from the locker room to the court? Enjoy it.
It is interesting. We have heard it many times.
Jo, to involve the crowd more. Did you ever hear that about Bjorg?
Sampras or even Agassi? Never. You need to win. That's how you get the
crowd involved! For me, it is not a part of her process. She has
routines to go through, before serving and each point. That would
be distracting for her to change at this time.
And her coach does the tactics, e-mails them to her. She must recite
them to him and they have a game plan and they stick to it.
It is good to know. I liked to speak to my coach. But whatever works and
it is working for her. It is good to know that they have a set game plan
for the different players. These days there is not the variety as
there used to be but there must be ideas toos what to do and
concentrate on. There is the coach and the boyfriend
and the dad in the pink shirt and the glasses. So a nervous time for
them. Being British, you have seen the newspapers, this is more than a
tennis match, isn't it? It is such a big deal. Also this is the feeling
that this is the break-out year for Johanna Konta. She won in Miami,
this is a big year. She broke into the top ten. I don't know if the
British crowd knew so much about Johanna Konta. I feel like the
matches have impressed them. The way that she held her demean our and has
been calm. She loves the battle, the process. In each interview she
speaks about that. She has employed that well. When I look at the dad
there, you must think about what the family has been through. They were
living in Australia, they decided to come here when she was 12, to be
home schooled. To put all of the eggs in the basket to play tennis.
To move here. To move to Spain. This is a long way coming, it is for this
moment right here. Absolutely. It is a sacrifice. You did the same,
Martina. It's what you have to do to follow your dream it is a wonderful
sport to be a part of. You want to make sure you gave it
everything you had. There is no other chance. The time is returning
away. You have to make the most of it when there are opportunities.
It's a commitment. There are many that go along for the ride. Maybe
that helps as you give it your best. You have so many people that have
given up their dreams to help your dream. So it takes off the pressure,
you better be committed. Tennis in Australia, she was one of the rising
juniors but not a top-ranked junior. But getting help from coaching. They
took the funding away. That is when they decided to come here. Then at
one point the funding was taken from her here as well. It give as strong
desire to show them. If she was not so highly talented, it was the work
ethic, in the school, the coaches that she worked with have all spoken
about the work she has put it. And this is a huge opportunity.
Talking about it with Serena out of the game, Maria Sharapova not being
here, this was an opportunity to come through and take the
opportunity. Yes. That is a big window of
opportunity. We have spoke about it from the beginning, who will take
the opportunity and make the most of it. Now you see the end result. It
could be Muguruza, or could be Jo or Venus. The big hitters have come
through. But they play to win. That is what wins majors that is what
wins on grass. We saw it at the French with Ostapenka winning. And
it was wide open. Anywhere from the small division to come through and
win the French. This is a huge opportunity.
You look at the French, Wimbledon, the women's matches have been
fantastic! ? Physical, mental. And the people that go for it, they play
to waned win. And so I hope that the girls are watching and the boys
watching this sport. This is what works so get your stuff organised
and play to win and not hope that the other person plays badly. Taking
the bull by the horns. Excuse me, Halep pulled back. She
was up a set, 5-4 in the tie-break, two points away, the shots didn't
have the same sting. Landing in thester of the court. And Jo was
brave. That's how she must play today.
Martina, we saw you telling her to ignore everything. Here she is.
Straight out. They are not holding the players. Jo followed by Venus,
wait for the cheer... Didn't that give you goose bumps?
That was just a huge cheer. I think it will be a factor. That will
energise both players, particularly Jo. They are giving it all they
have. The crowd may help. It may hurt. At the end of the day you have
to play the ball. You're playing Venus Williams, not anybody else.
Venus is playing Jo Konta, not anybody else. We will see who can
play better tennis at the crucial moments. This is what it is all
about. We saw in the last match, these first few games will be key to
get yourself focused. She is looking so relaxed. She is chatting to the
umpire. This is what we want to see. This is the right state of mind. I
can feel the energy already. The crowd will be for her. Yet you have
this five-time champion who is so calm, so poised. Jo has beaten
Venus. That was the break-out tournament
for me with Jo. Miami. It was a big event. And back-to-back big players.
She is the only player in the semifinals to have won a tour title.
Does not been a great year for any of these players. Venus Williams has
a great opportunity here. These people play great tennis on grass.
They play aggressively. Shirley Bassey watching on. The crowd will
also have a huge respect for Venus as well with everything that she has
achieved. Five times a champion. They must be feeling divided. Of
course they wanted -- the Brit to win. But what a tailored would be if
the nurse were to win here again. At 37. We will talk more about the
semifinal. First, let's look at Jo's journey through to the last four.
Welcome to Court One. Johanna Konta, the world number seven. High home
hopes for her. She has the double break. And it is an ace to win the
match for Johanna Konta. Konta takes the opening set. What a
fightback from Donna Vekic. Konta composed as ever, hangs on. What a
battle. What resilience. First set to the British number one.
Three down, four to go. To end 40 years of you know what.
One of the biggest days British tennis has known in a long time. Jo
Konta halfway there are a women's quarterfinal. She has one the first
set. -- won. She had the mental resolve to get the job done. We are
level at a set apiece. Jo Konta, Wimbledon quarterfinalist, the first
since Jo Durie in 1984. Wow! That is worrying from a British perspective.
A magnificent tie-break from Simona Halep. They are bringing the best
out of each other. Look at that. Jo Konta has forced a final set. It is
over. British tennis history is made.
We have found out a lot about Jo throughout this Championships. We
will find out even more today as we see the stats of what she has
achieved. Semifinal at the Australian Open. She has been in a
Grand Slam semifinal. Not quite the same as a home Grand Slam. That was
break-out tournament. She announced herself that she would be part of
the elite. It has been a nice process, but kind of a quick process
the last couple of years am considering she is 26 and has been
at this a long time. Donna Vekic had beaten her in Nottingham. And Simona
Halep, that was the match right there. She was two points away from
defeat. Their kitsch and Garcia gave the most trouble -- Donna Vekic.
What will decide the match today is if Jo can return the serve. Venus
has the bigger serve. She needs to give herself more opportunities to
break serve. She will get broken. Everybody does. Word-macro this is
Venus' favourite Grand Slam. It is her favourite course. -- court. The
serve is a natural slice, so it stays down and moves away from the
opponent. Venus lost one set in the second round. Then she played big
hitters. She beat Ostapenko, the French Open champion. She will be
used to that hard, powerful, flatground stroke. It is 3-2 in
favour of Jo as far as the head-to-heads go. They have played
twice this year. Martina, you are saying this year that Mark -- Venus'
return is better? Yes, she goes for more and makes more. Especially on
the big points. If I were looking at something weird here, I have not
seen Venus play a first serve in the warm up. Jo is smacking the heck out
of her serve. Total speculation. But you want to warm up the arm more
than that. You are right. We watched practising earlier and she was doing
the same thing. I have seen that in past tournaments. Could it be her
age, at 37? Last year she had trouble with her arm much of the
season. Could it be something that she needs a little bit more time to
warm up? She will definitely need that serve all out today.
Absolutely. They are both very tenacious, aggressive players. They
have to back the big serve up. Big first strike, both players. Both
good at moving forward and knocking the swing volleys away. It is a
matter of who can hold their nerve spatter, who can move better and
play the big points better. The movement is crucial because I don't
think Venus is moving as quickly. That is the one thing in a game that
is not as strong as when she was 27. Not slower by a whole foot. Just a
little bit. These small things can make the difference. Everybody has
been asking me if she can win. It is must like a coin toss. It is most
impossible to tell. I would give the slight edge to Venus because she has
been here before. The crowd tell you it is ready to
start. It is Jo Konta pots --'s big day on Centre Court. Can she make it
back -- to the final as Virginia Wade did in 1977?
It has been a long journey for Jo Konta to get to this point. You will
hear the noise in a moment as she emerges to what is a home-court
reception. The atmosphere is crackling. Muguruza went through in
the first semifinal. Contact Centre Court. -- Konta.
Not quite ready. Attacked by a beast.
LAUGHTER. The insect has had a very good season.
It is going to be a different style of match compared to Konta against
Halep. But we all hope the quality of the hitting is the same. If we
had any doubt about Venus' arm, her serve before the warm up, 99 miles
per second serve. I think the shoulder is just fine.
That is a big forehand from Venus Williams. Jo Konta takes a big swing
forehands. She will have to shorten it a little bit or you will see that
result right there. She doesn't have time to get a round ball. The Venus
Williams has come out firing. APPLAUSE
On the line and Konta gets something on the board. It helps to settle in.
-- it helps her to settle in. But the hold for a Venus Williams.
Near of an ideal start. Her sister watching on alongside her mother.
You can see the power of the hitting we are going to see from both of
these women throughout this match. There is Venus Williams' culls on
the right-hand side. -- coach. Konta served so well against Halep. She
has done throughout the championship.
UMPIRE: Let, second service. Venus ready to attack that second
serve. Sometimes just that presence there:
settle. A double fault very early. You feel the player closer to you,
so you hit a shorter serve. Sometimes they go in the net.
APPLAUSE It is important for Jo Konta to get
off to a decent start. Her coach on the left with the sunglasses. You
don't want to let Venus Williams get into her stride.
Well Mac! -- Womack! That sends a message. The return is way more
powerful than the serve. 93 mph second serve. Venus Williams smacks
it back. The crowd applaud, thinking it might
be an ace. Johanna Konta asks the question.
Not quite. Still stuck on 29 aces in this tournament. APPLAUSE
Not even the long arms of Venus Williams can get to that one.
APPLAUSE You can hear the goodwill from the
crowd, urging her to hold her serve. APPLAUSE
That is a good comeback in that service game from Konta. We saw what
can happen if things start to slip away quickly, as we did in the first
semifinal. Virginia Wade watching, the last British woman to have won
here in 1977. That was a big game. It could have totally turned the
match already. It was essential for Jo to get on board, hold her nerve,
which she has been doing, repeatedly.
APPLAUSE That is well played. Konta keeping
Venus on the move. Venus has lost a little bit of that spectacular
movement. She still moves incredibly well but that forehand was a little
bit shorter than Venus would like it to be, and Konta attacks.
When you watch her move around the baseline before serving, she has a
wonderful calm demeanour. It is the explosion into the power of it. Her
legs, so beautiful. There was not much Konta could do about that. Good
serving again by Venus Williams. Whether Johanna Konta can get
anything on that serve, that is a big question. Both have been serving
very well throughout this championship. When they both have
those big serves, if they are landing the first serve, it is very
difficult for any opponent. Jo Konta add that ridiculously great serving
day against Simona Halep in the first set. 97%. You never hear of
that. And she lost the set despite that. She didn't serve as well in
the second and third but won the match. Venus Williams, straight off
the bat here. Ten first serves in. Tracy mentioned Venus' use of legs.
It is also high she uses her wrists. You see how loose it is. The racket
makes a big loop and accelerates. It starts with the hips. The upper
body, shoulder and finally the wrists. The racket completely comes
around. It is not just the height but it is the snap. 120 mile -- 129
miles per she once recorded at Wimbledon.
APPLAUSE Terrific from Konta to absorb those
powerful ground strokes. It is very tough to be that close, three feet
inside Rome baseline. It is testing your own quickness and hand eye.
She is quite good at shutting out the clamour and the noise and the
turmoil, Konta. Carlos Ramos says it was just a
Ford. Konta is happy with that. -- fault.
We can confirm if she had challenged, it would have been
successful. It was in, apparently. The umpire was pretty adamant the
ball was out. It caught a good part of the line, a centimetre and a
half. Bad luck for Jo. It is pressured time again on her serve.
UMPIRE: Let, first service. APPLAUSE
Fantastic serve under big pressure. 109 mph down the middle. Jo has been
sending predominantly Widener first serve. Venus predominantly down the
middle. It'll be interesting to see how the numbers out during this
match. -- pan out. It wasn't a bad serve but came back
pretty hot. Venus Williams is standing well inside the baseline
when hitting the second serve return. She is taking away time from
Konta. APPLAUSE Konta has been mixing the placement
of serves up up hole tournament. APPLAUSE
And another one. It brings the hold for Konta. It is not easy for her at
the moment. The best thing is she is standing up pretty well when she is
put under pressure. She has been doing it all tournament. Against
Donna Vekic in the second round. APPLAUSE
The first double fault of the match fur Williams. -- for.
That is too good from Williams. She seemed to be on the back foot. Even
off-balance, she found the gap. You have got to cover the line. She
moves to Fatullah right. Really, Venus was so late offer back foot,
that was the only shot she had got. You don't want to give away the easy
shot. As difficult as that might be. APPLAUSE
But she is starting to just forge a few chances on the Williams serve.
Konta gets down further ground strokes so beautifully. Necessary on
the grass. Smart serving from Venus Williams.
Not giving the angle to Jo. More spin. She has to take that slice
away on big points. APPLAUSE
Excellent approach from Venus. She got low and brushed up beautifully.
The better get in position. She does that little funny pomp with their
elbows before an overhead. It is very peculiar. But she has one of
the best overheads in the game. So another for Venus Williams.
Already, I think you sense it will be a rather close semifinal.
And the quality of hitting from Venus Williams, and a different
level of power from these two. Absolutely, and Venus five-times
champion. This is something she is so accustomed to. And for Johanna
Konta, she is starting to get used to the match situations, and is
proving to be mentally tougher in the last couple of years. Magdelena
Rybarikova seemed to result under the occasion. It is interesting,
that Anne Jones, who won Wimbledon in 69 and a couple of French Opens.
And to the left, Miss Williams, who won in '62 against Sekova's mum.
Wow. It is interesting with Venus Williams, and the series of slams,
she has won but she's been away for a long time. She'll be feeling a few
jitters as well, I'm sure. Again, her father, watching how she
gets down so well. 5ft 11, not as tall as Venus but has the ability,
as you have to have on grass, to get down.
And another line-clipper from Johanna Konta.
Now the second serve eaten up by Venus Williams.
It's really all about first-strike grass court tennis.
Once you get in defensive position, to get that point back to neutral...
You don't see that much from Venus, the approach and moving forward.
Really just trying to take time away from Konta. A tactic.
Great response. Again, it's clutch-serving, as you said.
Again! Wow! Location. The balls are on the centre of service line, which
is even better on the slice. This can truly lift your confidence,
and it's necessary at the moment, as she is feeling the squeeze from
Williams. It is either 30-30 or deuce. But no
break points from the players so far. But Williams has had it much
easier. Too much top-spin on that forehand
return. It needs to be flatter. That's Konta's best shot.
For both players, the forehand is the side that can be more brittle
and you can make more mistakes. Nice return.
Backhand. Right at Williams' feet. She is still busy, covering after
her serve. And effective on any court but
especially here. There for a second serve at 15-30.
Too slow a second serve. Konta got ahead of herself after she hit that
early. So once more for Venus Williams.
But once again, just a few signs from Konta, that she can get
something on the Williams' serve. But Venus Williams is serving pretty
well on the first match. And earlier on it is such a weapon.
A sunny day. It's been close. A little muggy earlier today. But
there they are, basking on the hill. He was quick to be up. The quickest
reaction by a distance! They're all watching themselves on the big
screen. Henman Hill. I no ethat people have
been trying to come up with a name, that it should be alliterative
but... Konta CKopia. You can check it.
The Hill! Well, Johanna Konta, again, as you said, Venus Williams
is serving so well. When you are getting the opportunity you have to
do something with it. Now serving with new balls. No service points,
no break points, for either player. Serving lights out. Half percentage
against Halep, now she is getting them in and hitting aces. It's nice
to get those quick points. Now a decent first serve there but
Williams is equal to it. A short take back on the return. No time for
more. Lock it is with accuracy.
Went for it in the second serve. The second double fault for Konta. Once
again she finds herself at that nervy time, 30-30.
Can't fault the quality of her play when she is under a bit of pressure.
Comes up with a big serve and the backhand just unloads on the front
foot. So flat. It goes through the court.
And again, the response from 30-30 to hold.
It's a lot of corners hit by both players, under pressure.
It is really high quality tennis. Nobody is wilting.
I have a feeling somebody's not going to lose this match, somebody's
going to win it! They're both going for it. That will pay off for one of
them. Venus looking up. That sun is right
where she likes to toss the ball. And the double fault arrives.
She's not happy at all. If she can't move it, a cloud will
be along shortly. Oh, no. No. No. Wow. That's surprising. We rarely
see Venus miss swing volleys. Just completely misjudged this.
Maybe still blinded by the sun from the serve and then looking right
into it again on the volley. I don't know how bright it is out there,
playing against the sun. Well, the first break points arrive.
A return right back at the feet of Venus Williams. And Centre Court
will only get louder. Cover the T serve. The computer
brain is working. One disappears.
What a serve. That was courageous, 106, second serve.
Wow! That's her fastest second serve of the day.
Probably of the tournament. It pays off for Venus Williams. That
is seriously brave tennis from the former champ.
And having seen off those two break points it 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. Venus Williams weathers the storm.
What opportunities there were for Johanna Konta.
Now with Williams serving first, what pressure there will be on the
serve of couldn't Konta to stay in this first set. A right match on her
hands though. Johanna Konta is really dictating
once the ball is in play. She's got 14 winners, four unforced errors,
Venus Williams eight in five. So Venus has been on the back foot
more. But what a shot that was when break point down, second serve, it
was one of those if you make it, you're a hero, if you miss it, too
much. But she made it. It was tremendous, the second serve.
Now she focuses and regathers. Quite often a very, very difficult
game, when you have come close to breaking, a couple of break points
to try to hold yourself and of course this one to stay in this
first set. A challenge from Konta but it did
look a little heavy-handed. Long from here it looked. I thought
she may try to hit a short ball. But I think she saw Venus at the
baseline and tried to sneak it in at her feet.
The ball spins funny off that court, it's hard to control.
And the pressure grows. Control that forehand side.
Just a little bit of top-spin for control is needed.
You can feel, 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! Talk about bravery on second serve.
A loft the crowd had their hearts in their mouths.
It's a good thing. There was a lot of kick on that serve. But the kick
brought it in. So a brave second serve from Jo. Just back on the
line. It's long! And it is the first blow
to Venus Williams in this semifinal. There was a pause as the crowd took
it in. But Venus Williams having stared
down two break points herself, takes the set. And it so often happens at
well like that. It is the great champions who take their
opportunities. . Just the small windows there,
Venus serving at 15-40, then on the second service point, 106, the
fastest serve of the day. It is amazing how quickly the momentum of
a set, of a match can turn. Konta was a little sloppy but Venus
really stepped on the pend there will to put the pressure on Konta.
It will be a tale of that first set, now here in the numbers in the
yellow and the gold in that category. And Venus Williams, up in
most of them. Yeah, the biggest thing is the
second serve points won. As we spoke about before the match, we thought
that Venus' second serve is usually more attackable but this tournament
hitting it well and Johanna Konta with the kick-serve it goes into the
power zone of Venus Williams and she is just a little better on the
second serve that is the difference in the set. Johanna Konta has come
come through a few three-set matches already.
10-8 over the Croatian opponent and against Simona Halep, recently. But
will have to do it again. Coming from a set down against Venus
Williams. She will be chasing this one. Williams will be serving to get
this second set under way. But she has shown so far, Konta, her
mental strength throughout this championship.
Second set Miss Williams to serve. Go Nice serve. Perfectly executed.
Into the right hip instead of the left hip. It's tougher to get out of
the way. And so Konta was committed. Threw it
in behind her. I want to see if Venus starts to
target the Konta forehand a little more. Missing a few critical returns
on that side. Entering the rallies as well.
Now they seem to be missing the second serves and the ball is coming
slower, as she's not timing it right.
A little too eager, aq sharks at which you would like to go down the
middle of the court so, if you go early, the ball will still go in the
court. Venus Williams, to open the second
set. Yes, the floor of the match moves
with Venus Williams, having taken the first set.
And Johanna Konta has to be strong here. But again in a tennis match
there can be so many shifts of momentum, and Johanna Konta will
have to hope that this woman's level dip as little and then she can take
advantage of it. Such positive luck by Konta always.
Staying close to her routines. Well it's one thing to take the
second thing early and chip and charge. It's easier to be running
through the ball with a slice but to hit it on the fourth swing and run
to the net, the timing has to be perfect. But it still sends a
message. Venus Williams is taking the first serve return early as
well. The ball is getting there a little quicker than what Johanna
Konta is used to and missed a few second shots as she's just not ready
for it, the timing is different with Williams inside the court.
Still throwing down the occasional ace.
Nice to see from Jo. Half a dozen aces in this match
alone now. The swell of noise inside Centre
Court trying to lift Konta. I think Venus Williams may ask...
She stepped in, thought she had clipped the line.
Oh, it hit the line, 40 performance 30.
Good challenge. We don't see Venus challenge that
much. She doesn't challenge hardly at all.
She must have seen something that we didn't see.
She's very trusting! It didn't matter in the end. Konta has a game
up there in this second set. Venus is off to find a new weapon.
Surely the players change around the ball, the ball change, seven or
eight games but Venus, in the middle of the match, changes. I guess with
the heat, the ball is flying. Maybe she wants a slightly tighter raquet.
The raqueta lose tension more quickly. We would play with the same
wooden raquets for weeks on end! And as you were mentioning about Konta.
It doesn't matter what stage the match is it, the score, she
approaches it exactly the same way. Well, working with the mental coach
over the last couple of years, has made all the difference in the world
to go back to her routines. To barely look up at the crowd, just
look down at the ground. To go through the montra of what she must
do. Great positioning from Konta inside
the baseline. That body serve is so effective,
especially if you see your opponent start to move in and try to take
your time away. You say, OK, you're going to stand in, I will hit it
right at your body. The contrast with Konta who goes wider down the
line. The groan from the crowd told you
before we saw it. You don't get many opportunities against the great
players, and this is one of those. You just can't make an unforced
error like that, unless you are going for a winner. A couple of
forehands in a row. And the game has gone. We remain on serve in this
second set. Watching Venus Williams's service game but on the
counter service game this is what we have been talking about, the way
Venus Williams imposes herself and is taking things pretty high up the
court. This is where I think Jo Konta is struggling on the second
shot. Just after the serve, you see how fast the ball gets back because
Dennis Williams is sticking every server inside the baseline and every
second serve well inside the baseline, and metre and a half in,
so the ball gets there that much quicker and it is a different
cadence on the second shot which is given Jo trouble. Here it is in
actuality. The split step for balance is great, the only take
back, and the left arm helps ensure that she gets that body turned. Look
at the legs, she uses the legs to absorb the power and yet stay down
and forward. They come back at a pretty hefty speed as well. So Konta
will be facing that now as she serves at 1-2.
Konta just looking to the box before deciding to challenge. It felt wide
from here. Of course, we are about 40 yards from there. It looked wide
when she hit it, and it is wide. UMPIRE: Miss Konta has two
challengers remaining. The hand of apology. Two let cords
in a row, forcing Jo to come in and the second dribbling the ball over
the net. In trouble, 0-30, she must come up with some big serves here.
No, three break points. The double fault, 13 for the entire tournament.
I wonder if that stance is causing some of that.
What a touch. 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.
And it's good, just another clip on the net is fine for Konta. Two down,
want to go. She's flirting with the net every shot she hits, her
clearance is so low. Still a break point down, both.
Williams has it now. If Johanna Konta is to make it to this
Wimbledon final she will have to travel a very long road. The first
sign of frustration from Konta that we have seen all day. The backhand
up the line from Williams clipped the net and messed up Konko's timing
there. She has a right to be frustrated, 17 winners, eight
unforced, but Venus Dummett Venus Williams, 6-4, 3-1 up, she has
nothing to show for it. Well-balanced match Venus Williams
has played. There are no chinks in her armour today.
That is a body second serve. It is such a weapon, Konta just getting
out of the way. Three? Miles per hour.
Another body serve. The body serve is effective when the Rich Turner
stands close in so the ball gets there first, and also one big points
because when you are a receiver on a big point you are trying to guess
where the ball will go so you are trying to explode to the ball so the
ball is going right at you and you don't have the mentality to defend,
you want to go for it. Hitting with conviction in the rally
but then the mistake. Beforehand again. -- the forehand.
And again, the second serve from Venus Williams, another hold, moving
along so well, getting closer to the final. There are many, of course,
watching this with British coloured lenses but it's a great story on the
other side of the net as well. Written off by so many, turned 37
last month, and for a long time as well in the shadow of the Serena but
she seems to be playing as well as she ever has done. Absolutely, it
all started here last year getting back to the semifinals, and that
allowed her to get the confidence and get back into the top ten. She
had a good, strong US Open and made the finals again in Australia.
Serena is out with impending motherhood and Sharapova is out and
Azarenka just coming back, Venus thought this was a great opportunity
and has handled the whole situation with the car accident just prior to
the Championships beautifully. When everything is going really well you
are so happy to be playing tennis, yes, I'm playing tennis, and when
things don't go so well in your private life, I still get to play
tennis, so it's kind of an escape one way or the other and Venus
Williams, the old pro that she is, is totally focused on the moment and
handling the pressure beautifully. Konta 1-4.
She will certainly not give up, Johanna Konta, you can guarantee
that. No, but she must organise the forehand, it left the building a few
games ago. She needs to get it back in here. She's missed too many of
those. The backhand is still very much in
the building. It's always been the big weapon, and it's the forehand
that has improved so much from Konta so much in the last couple of years.
But still, not quite matching the backhand quite yet.
Sitting up for Williams to put it away. From a position of some
comfort in this game at 40-0, Williams fighting her way back into
it. And again on the forehand. The
forehand, because of the grip, you have to accelerate on the stroke. If
you don't it will fly along because you have such a severe grip that the
racket just has to come through and that's why that forehand goes a bit
awry, also the bent elbow. It's more difficult to swing freely.
Must hold for Jo Konta, needless to say. Good serve there.
Must hold, and she does. She remains just one break behind. She keeps
some hope alive in this match. They have spent a lot of time on
those. Men and their crayons. Venus Williams, though, 4-2.
That was very alert from Venus to get up there quickly to create that
angle. Amazing speed, she's been covering the ball so well in this
match. Konta is used to getting better payoff after her big shots
Vinci has been getting today. Venus Williams has been covering the court
beautifully today. The little change from Konta, just
drop it a little shorter. Perhaps a change of rhythm. So far it has just
been a slugfest and Venus Williams has been getting the better of it,
but ball low and short. Cut to create your own pace.
My goodness! I thought she was going to pull the trigger down the line
with the backhand, she goes back a crosscourt. Venus Williams sitting
on it. Again, that small window of opportunity, 30-15, getting into the
rally will stop Williams holding steady.
And then the game slips away and you can understand the frustration that
we saw a moment ago from Johanna Konta. She doesn't show too much of
it but she knows it is now or never. The margins are just so small, Konta
getting broken in the tenth game, and getting broken again in the
fourth game in this set, just a few errant forehands. Venus is playing
at the peak of her powers, she is really driving through that
forehand, serving with excellent pace and variety. Fantastic stuff
from Venus Williams and goes to 4-4, 30-42nd serve, Venus goes for the
brave shot, goes for the second serve. It has been all Venus
Williams since then. If she misses that serve Konta would be serving
for the set, a whole different ball game. Just that one shot is a big
one. That ball dribbled off the racket. That's that second serve,
body serve, extremely effective. We thought that would be the case.
Second serve ace Mackem Jo Konta getting out of the way of the ball.
I think it's been a different level of quality to most of the tennis we
saw in the first semifinal but it has been pretty brief as well.
Johanna Konta serving to stay in this match.
Write to the corner. Ace number 57. This is about the only battle Jo has
been winning today, the aces. Everything else, Williams has been
having the upper hand That checked off the baseline right
on the line, the ball slows down considerably when it hits the chalk.
The chalk is more abrasive than the grass. She was way too aggressive.
This time the net favours her, just. They want it to go on, this dream
for Johanna Konta. While the second serve was good, the
follow up not so. Just about the longest game of this
match. The mistake drawn from Johanna
Konta. Does it end here? What a run it has been. Match point, Venus
Williams. Not yet.
That was about the first nervous shock Venus Williams has hit this
whole match. Too much time to think about it. That's probably true.
Hitting the ball extremely hard and well.
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. It brings up a third match
point here on Centre Court. There it is this time. The arms
aloft and the celebration, it is Venus Williams who is back in the
Wimbledon final after so many years. For Konta it ends here. It is a
sight we have seen many times, but not for a very long time at
Wimbledon. Celebrating a semifinal victory, and what they went it was,
what a performance. Johanna Konta did not play badly. And what a run
she has had, what excitement she has brought to so many here. But it is
over now. Not hanging around at the end,
Johanna Konta. I'd like to see her weight for Venus Williams. But she
will sign a few autographs. She will be desperately disappointed that it
is over now because it has been so good for so long. She will be up
into the top five in the world but she desperately wanted to go all the
way here. The match really did turn on that one break point at 4-4,
break point down, Venus Williams, second serve, goes for broke, makes
the serve and she never looked back after that point. It almost relaxed
her, and then she breaks the very next game and ran away with it in
the second set, too solid. Konta could not find the opening that she
normally finds with her big hitting. What a nice site that is, she has
had some difficult times off the court but she is back to enjoying
her play. She will face Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Of all the talk
of Konta, for Venus Williams this place has always felt like home.
Through in straight sets, not long over an hour, straight sets win over
Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-2. Venus Williams is now talking to Richard
Purcell. Venus, congratulations, your 20th
year at Wimbledon and your first final since 2009. What does that
mean to you? I've played a lot of finals here, it is a blessing for
sub I couldn't have asked for more but I will ask for a little more,
one more win would be amazing, it would be given but I will give it my
all. You were up against the great British hope with 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 even more boisterous. I thought the
crowd was so fair and I know that they love Jo and she gave it all
today and it's a lot of pressure. I thought she handled it well. I think
my experienced just helped a lot. You had a lovely smile on your face
when the match was over, what were your feelings when it was over? She
played so well, no point was easy. I just tried to climb on top each time
to get another point and then it was done. I was just so happy. Garbine
Muguruza waits for you in the final on Saturday. What can we look
forward to? We both play well on grass. The last time she played
Serena so I will have to ask her for some pointers. Serena is always in
my corner, and usually it is usually hurt in the final so I'm trying to
represent the Williams as best I can. Have you missed her? Terribly,
I wish she was here and I wish she could do this for me. But this time,
she said, this time you can do it for yourself. You certainly did it
for yourself, well done, Venus. That is how a great champion deals
with a difficult opponent. She played the big points so well and
raised the level of her play when it mattered and it was an awesome power
display in every department of her game. She is back in the final and
looking to be back to her best. She mentioned the crowd and the
appreciation of the crowd. They certainly appreciate everything that
Venus has achieved here at these championships. Big smile from Venus,
she's back in the final for the first time since 2009.
Well, Virginia Wade is here. We thought maybe we would be
celebrating a British player in the final for the first time in 40
years. Virginia, you can't take anything away from Venus. What a
match she played. Venus absolutely loves Wimbledon. She adores
Wimbledon, she likes being here and playing on the Centre Court, she
feels at home. I think what's happened in the last few days with
all of the excitement on the anniversary, you know, it would have
been so much fun to have a British player win on an anniversary year.
But, you know, we noted Jo up with all of this pressure and the others
have just gone under the radar. Nobody has given Venus too much
strife, too much pressure. I think, you know, she said how she missed
three. But frankly I think it's when Serena is not here that she comes
into her own -- she missed Serena. You were watching that match
courtside. Could you feel the tension and think that Jo reacted to
it? I thought she played really well. Every time she had a little
bit of an edge, Venus came up with something better. What we were
saying is that we have been watching Jo beating everybody by taking the
ball early, changing direction so well, just pounding it. But actually
it was Venus he was absorbing the pace and hitting even harder. That
was something that was interesting to observe. I frankly have thought
that Venus has been playing very well this year. You know, her serve
has improved no end. Her Tost used to wander all over the place but now
she is being very consistent. I said to Billie Jean, may be Serena was
giving her some tips. She said, no, she's been out there practising it
herself. The server was immaculate. In the end I thought what Venus also
did really well was she took away the ability of Jo to push her around
by hitting more up the middle. I tell you what, why speak to one
multiple Grand Slam champion when you have got another two waiting in
the commentary box! Martina, we talked about the body serve and what
Venus would do. She served incredibly well. Particularly the
second serve on big points. Really handcuffed Jo Konta, she didn't know
what was coming her way. Conversely, Jo Konta lost, only won 3% of the
points. Venus was really attacking the points. I thought the defence
would be the return of serve, and in the end that's what did it. Venus
serving, how well she served, these were the body blows, not giving Joe
any chance to make a swing on it. She respects Jo so much. She had to
come out and play attacking tennis and go for her service. It was that
106 mph second serve that she saved a break point and really turned the
first set around. She changed this a bit. 52% in the deuce court, but 68%
going down the centre. Johanna really started to miscue in the
forehand return in the first set and Venus picked up on that and started
to target beforehand in some of the longer rallies. That was one of the
aspects that made the difference. Venus felt she could go to that
side. Konta is so solid on the backhand, the contact point is so
repeatable on the backhand. These are really small criticisms but they
make a difference in a match like this where they are both playing so
well. You've really got to hand it to Venus for playing this well at
this highly -- at this highly of a level at 37. Virginia? I want to ask
the girls, don't you think in the last couple of years the return of
serve on the women's game has just improved so dramatically that what
that's done is of course made the second serve very vulnerable. And
what's happened with the guys, I mean, I feel that the girls game is
just a few years behind. But the guys are still throwing in some slow
second service but they got so much action on it that the ball is
kicking way up and the girls haven't quite got that much spin on the
second serve. I couldn't agree more, Virginia. That's when nerves come in
and there are double faults because the women do not have enough spin,
and I'm speaking very generally here, they need to use their hand
more on the second serve to get the second spend, to get the safety.
They had an swing harder, and you will get a Greek reply. -- they can
swing harder. -- you will get a reply. The same at the end of the
match, they need to do it earlier so that you are confident with it and
you can hit it on the big points. That's what made all the difference
for Venus Williams today, she had that serve and it paid off. 106 mph
on the second serve from Venus. When it on a break point. When you say
the best servers in the world, it's not just about pace and location,
it's about when they are able to serve those service at clutch
moments, Venus took a big chance and she was brave there. Brave on her
serve but also one higher forehand. So often it is the forehand that is
the barometer of how confident Venus is. She was really hitting through
that forehand and really committing to it coming into the net, which she
needed to. It is that first strike tennis that she loves grass. The
points are shorter, and it really works well for her. As Martina
pointed out, Venus moves really well today. She held her ground, hiding
the baseline. Konta just absorbing the power, she wasn't able to get in
the angle that she needed to us frequently. With the Venus Williams
forehand, she broke down the Konta week Owen, her forehand. Forehand to
forehand, Venus won those exchanges -- weaker wing. Jo lost confidence
in the forehand, and it cost her. Let's relive some of Venus's great
moments, there were so many of them. She is moving well and hitting the
ball so hard. The first game that Konta was serving already Venus was
three feet inside the baseline. That was sending a message to Konta, look
at that, just attacking the serve. Konta throwing in quite a double
faults today, feeling a bit of stress, under stress, under attack.
-- throwing in four double faults. By cumulative pressure gets too. It
takes 1.2 but a seed of doubt and Europe on a's game sometimes, and
that is what Venus did with the big return of serve -- it takes one
point to put a seed of doubt. Just enough to sway the match. Targeting
the Konta forehand, Venus three in a row and goes behind her. She can see
the backhand was so solid from Konta. This is the break point from
Venus, the fourth game of the second set. Virginia, she was so good,
wasn't she? I mean, even when she was running wide, the Anglesey was
producing, Venus. Venus has got such an incredible wingspan -- the angles
she was producing. She isn't quite as quick as she was ten years ago,
but she sure makes up with that wingspan. What I was impressed with
today was her forehand down the line. Traditionally we've always
thought of both Serena and Venus being so brilliant crosscourt. With
maybe the backhand down the line. But her forehand, she just looked so
natural and easy down the line. Let's talk about how the match was
won. Martina, that game when Jo came out to serve at 5-4, I was saying,
don't think of the score. But it seems like she did think of the
score. Maybe she was thinking of the chance that she had. That is where
you have to forget that and get in the moment. Great opportunity, I'm
only down 5-4 and on serve. She would have been better off not
having had that opportunity at 4-4. You say, OK, I'm in good shape. But
it's hard to not think about it. Just a couple of loose errors there,
down 0-30, and she never could recover. You just can't do that.
This is the thing she is going to learn from it, Tracy. Absolutely.
One thing we have to remember is that Jo Konta had never been past
the second round of Wimbledon and told this year. And then match after
match she came through it and played such clutch tennis, particularly
against Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, she was two points
away from victory. The improvement rate is just a nominal from Jo
Konta. She is young, 26, in tennis terms she is very young. She has
only been in the elite of the past year or two. She is a hard worker
and happy with the support team she has come at the set and all of the
others. Still there is room for improvement and the ceiling is much,
much higher, which is very promising. And you have got to
learn, Virginia, from these big occasions, and this was a huge
occasion, everyone does, do you feel that she is a Grand Slam champion in
the making? Yes, as I said right at the beginning, we sort of said that
she didn't come through on an anniversary year, it has been so
long since we had a winner. But, you know, I think next year she could
make it. Or she could make it to the final. And just progress a little
bit more. I mean, when you look at Rybarikova, how tense she was in her
first semifinal, that didn't happen to Jo, she didn't fall apart at all.
She actually was just beaten by somebody who, as Venus said in her
interview, has a lot of experience, loves being out there, loves playing
on grass, and has been playing well and confident all tournament.
Martina and Tracy, we'll let you go. I promised I wouldn't lock you in
that box any longer! Looking forward to the final between Venus and
Garbine Muguruza. What a glorious match that could be. What's so
interesting about that is that both players played so well in the
semifinal and they have been playing better with each match. The build-up
is tremendous. They are ultra-aggressive and they have been
serving extremely well. That is going to be power tennis at the
maximum. They both like to stand inside the baseline of the returns
of serve. Who is going to give there? They both have good first
serves, very big second serves, they are playing their best tennis right
now. I think we are in for a treat. I think it's going to go three sets,
and I've no idea who is going to win. Thank you both so much for
wonderful commentary, great to listen to you. Virginia, as far as
Jo is concerned, she's got to pick herself up. We know this is going to
hurt. We've been there and we know, you know, it's going to take a long
time to get over this, the memory of it. Yes, I mean it's hard to know
what's going on in her head. In all of our heads we gave her a little
bit over the edge. Nobody predicted that she would have an easy win. But
I think everybody thought that she might just be the better player,
especially if she could make it go to three sets. I don't know, I mean
obviously her head has been so good, her mindset has been excellent. We
know she plays every point is if it's the most important point. But
she did sort of start brushing it. The second set, she did. You could
see her head was going too fast -- start rushing it. She couldn't quite
label is. That's what she has worked on before they sport psychologist.
That is what she used to do before, she tended to panic in a match. It
is easy to panic when Venus is playing that well. I don't think she
can blame has offered all. If you play the best that you can, -- she
should lay herself at all. She was very smart. I would like to see a
little more variety coming to her again. Her serve is superb, but
maybe as we were talking about with Martina, I'm so glad that she agreed
with me, is that a little bit more spin action on the second serve, not
just always going for broke. What we found yesterday, two days ago, with
her match against Halep, they were very Matrin mix, both of them. They
were always giving the same pace off and the Saint Jude actuary off both
sides. -- the same trajectory. Today's game, everybody is so good
that you've got to be able to shove and some spins and some eggs and
some silly shots to mess the other person up. It's what they called
junk shots. Just to mess up the nurse's rhythm. Venus got into a
rhythm, didn't she? -- Venus's rhythm. I found it curious that
Venus tried to slice the ball on the and failed. She persevered and tried
another time, and then it was perfect and then she could utilise
it. Martin also said, you've got to also try things early in the match.
-- Martina. Otherwise you going to your default mode when push comes to
shove, and it's very hard to do anything different. Jo has a good
volley. Let's see her trying to set the ball up and down in a little
bit. I think she will do that. -- come in a little bit. I think she
will be adding to her again. I think she will be very soon trying to do a
few different things, I just feel that about her. Maybe 41 years will
be her number! She is like a sponge, she does that. I'm sure we will see
her competing at the latter stages of Grand Slams for many years to
come. Virginia, we cannot let you go by without going back 40 years. Your
big celebration, take you back to that lovely match there. I know this
story, this is the shot that you are practising with your coach, and it
was the winning shot on the day, while. I know, I was trying so hard!
Don't laugh at my hair, everybody! It took weeks! We couldn't believe
you had had it cut just before the tournament! I've always had long
has. Such special memories. Do you still get goose bumps and the
memories come flooding back? Well, I have to say yes. More than that
forehand return, which as you say, it is something I was being told to
hit a percentage return, that was a percentage return and I got it just
at the right moment. But I liked the shot before when I was flying across
the court on the other side hitting a forehand, because, you know, a
game looks so slow with wooden rackets. But I used to look like I
was fairly athletic! You won other Grand Slams, obviously, but this
one, because of being British, you can understand what Andy Murray has
gone through. Absolutely. It's interesting, the sevens all seem to
work for everybody, right? It was 77, he was 77 years... So, 41, seven
doesn't go into 41... Never might! No, I mean to win Wimbledon is
absolutely superb. You know, last night we had such a lovely time.
Because the chairman had invited the Grand Slam people and the special
guests this year and they gave me some momentum is. They gave me a
beautiful book, gorgeous book, with my name engraved on it and all of
the pictures from 77, something I will treasure. All of the guys who
were special guests, they were almost choked up, we were all choked
up, it was so emotional. Who were the others there? Well, the invited
guests were I guess from 67,... Fred was a little choked up, said a few
words. Rod Laver, obviously. He couldn't make it last night. Really,
I mean people really do get very emotionally involved in Wimbledon.
They love it. It is, you know, then you start telling these stories and
people remember matches that they've played that either they won or they
lost. It's fascinating. I mean, I had another evening with all, Rosa,
who beat me in the semifinal in 1974, which I never forgave her for!
-- with all go. You know, I just love hearing other
people is stories. Basically you live in the present. You get an
opportunity to hark back to some memorable times. In your
documentary, you know, I wasn't worried about what I said, but I
loved listening to Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver and what everybody else
said, Pete Sampras, I mean, it was fabulous. Because everybody grew up
watching, that's where they saw the champions that inspired them there.
I mean, who inspired you? You know, I mean, I was born in England, I
have to stress that I am 100% British! I was born here, but my
family went out to South Africa when I was one-year-old. It was a great
place to play tennis. We came back when I was 15. In those days, we
didn't have television in South Africa. So we would listen to the
radio. And it would be Maria Bueno or South African players of great
calibre, Sandra Reynolds. You know, Wimbledon was everything. From the
first lessons I took when I was about, just before my tenth
birthday, the person who taught me had played at Wimbledon. So that was
like... You played at Wimbledon! So it grows. And when I first came back
to England at 15, we were living in a house up in, just up the road, up
in the village. It was just circumstantial that was where we
lived for six months. The first day, I came and poked my head through the
bars of the gate which was closed. You know, Wimbledon does that to
you. It's just ingrained. Indelibly. And when you were on Centre Court
today, the crowd cheered Jo, did it take you back to 77 and be of age
and that you got? Absolutely. I think they were a bit more out of
control. -- and the ovation that you got. Poor Betty didn't like it. You
sensed it was going the right way. There was no stopping them. You
know, lots of things, the 70s were famous for lots of things. I mean,
it wasn't a great time economic league and this country. But with
the Queen'sCubelli, the Centenary of Wimbledon -- the Queen'sJubilee. It
was such an elevated atmosphere. Golly, there were so many good
players. Sue Barker was playing! Martina Navratilova... You were
playing at your best. I am first on the list! You know, everybody... I'm
not sure that Billie Jean actually played that year, but lots of great
players. Absolutely. The wonderful line at the end of your match,
Virginia will take tea with the Queen, did you? No, Max Robinson...
No, because I think I was... She was otherwise occupied! But I did take
tea with her several times afterwards. Lovely to see you back
here and back on Centre Court in during the tennis. And it's always a
pleasure being with you. And Wimbledon beats everything.
Absolutely, even when you lose in the semis, it's pretty battle, I can
tell you! Thanks to Virginia. We are heading off to Centre Court for a
moment -- it is produced by Shaw. We are going to take you back to last
night. -- it is pretty special. Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae are
defeating Max Mirnyi and Ekaterina Makarova, putting out the seeded
team. Wonderful scenes in Court One. I am staying in a house about one
mile away, and I could hear the roar from Court Number One! They are
taking their place in the fourth round here at Wimbledon. Well done
to Ken and Jocelyn. Because of that victory, it means they have bought
themselves a place on Centre Court right now to take on the number one
seeds. And it is Britain's Jamie Murray. He is playing with Martina
Hingis, who won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles. That's just doubles,
not even singles. They are in the first game. Let's drawing this live
with Sam Smith and John Inverdale. JOHN INVERDALE: An eventful first
game. A mis-hit winner, a sensational let court. Some very
astute work at the net from both players. And that's just an four
point! Three of these players had very
eventful Wednesdays. And we'll talk about that in just a moment or two.
And they may not have had much sleep last night, Skupski and Rae, because
that match finished not far short of nine o'clock last night. That was a
very eventful match, finishing 9-7 in the third. Meanwhile, Martina
Hingis was involved in a very acrimonious ladies doubles match.
She really threw every toy she possessed out of the pram, and lost.
This is a bit of a redemption mission in the mixed doubles for
Hingis today, with Jamie Murray, who is serving now.
This combination are made to play mixed doubles. They innately
understand where to position themselves, how to close down the
spaces. Just watch where Martina's standing. They've got a great man in
their corner, as well. What Murray and Hingis are going to
look for is trying to find the space and win Skupski and Rae, splitting
them up, moving them to all sides of the court and just finding space.
This is Jamie Murray's last hope of a title at Wimbledon this year as
well. He and Bruno Soares exited the men's doubles rather earlier than
they would have wanted to have done. And from a British perspective we
know Jamie Murray originally comes from Dunblane. Ken Skupski is a
Scouse from Liverpool. And Jocelyn Rae is an Anglo Scottish, she
represented Scotland and won a gold medal for Scotland.
She lives in Arnold in Nottinghamshire now. And with three
British players on the court, I think they are all on a mission to
try and perk up the British nation after what was a disappointment from
Jo Konta earlier on today. With more rallies like that, we're going to
have an entertaining couple of hours ahead.
Well, if Skupski and Rae want to survive that, they do not serve that
we do Martina Hingis so she can get that forehand. That is playing
Martina 101. Kick it up to the backhand, make life difficult for
her. This is a big outing for Jocelyn
Rae. I always think of the words of a
great doubles champion, told Woodward, he said, it is always
about who is the strongest woman out there. On paper, it's clearly
Martina Hingis. Jocelyn Rae has got to play levels above herself to be
competitive out here. Not quite sure where that came off.
It's not how, but how many. The most important thing is that Skupskis
trying to dominate the middle, helping out Rae, not making too many
first serves in this game, just trying to take some pressure off my
car. -- off her. And it's a shame there and more
people on Centre Court at the moment enjoying this, because this is
richly entertaining. I'm sure they'll come back after tea. Talk
about Hingis, she's younger, the reason we on so early, you know,
barely 4:30pm, is because of Venus Williams beating Jo Konta. And
Martina Hingis is younger than Venus Williams. So if she, and she's made
it perfectly clear she has no desire to placing us again, but if she did,
if she was actually back on the tour now -- to play singles again. What
do you think she might be doing? In terms of a ranking in singles? Would
she be competing like Venus still is? No, I don't think so. She
doesn't have the power. Women's tennis now, you've got to be able to
crack it from the back of the court. What is great is that Venus and
Hingis are still going. Separate tours, but they still want to be
playing in their mid-30s, which you wouldn't have thought 20 years ago.
Hingis was winning here. In the singles. It is extraordinary, isn't
it? As a 16-year-old. And here she is, 20 years on. Two matches away
from another Grand Slam title. We are going to see an awful lot of
planning from Jamie and Martina in this game. This is where they are
more vulnerable to being broken. Martina struggles to get service
above 100 miles power. You will see Jamie all over the net, he will make
a step forward and across as they hit straight towards the centre. One
thing to look out for when Martina hits the ball on first serve, you
will see Jamie check and balance himself to get himself ready to
move. I sometimes think Mixed Doubles is
the most entertaining of all the doubles because there is so much
contrast on the court and you are not going to have the power you have
in the Men's Doubles game at the moment where you can have lots of
matches go to five sets but every rally could be three or four shots
at best. There is an awful lot of problem-solving going on in Mixed
Doubles, particularly in this game web Martina doesn't get a lot of
free points and they are having to find the best way to get through
this game. Mr Skupski and Miss Wray are challenging the court, on the
left service line the ball was called in. That was a seriously bad
bounce. -- Rae. It was just on the back of the back of the line. Just
going back to what we were saying at the break, serving at 95 mph, if
that was Hingis's first serve on the single circuit people would be
whacking it straight past her. Yes, Serena's average second serve
speed is only a couple of clicks less than Martina's first serve
speed. Played with his brother Neal in the
Men's Doubles here. And talking about brothers in
tennis... Just before Wimbledon this year Judy
Murray did say, I think on Radio 5 live, she was absolutely sure that
just wants before either or both retired, Andy and Jamie would play
together at Wimbledon and that would be a great site. -- sight. More than
holding their own. Talking about how important Grand Slam events like
this are for the likes of Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae, from a
money point of view, if nothing else, there is ?50,000 each to the
winners of this Mixed Doubles championship on Sunday. Even
quarterfinal losing money, semifinal losing money makes a massive
difference to how they can live their lives as tennis players. You
are probably talking about, both specialising doubles, at least
?60,000, ?70,000 a year in basic expenses getting around the world,
hotels and training, I think I have underestimated that, 100,000 to play
in the singles. There is more money on the Men's Doubles tour these
days. The slams are effectively keeping many players who are not in
the top echelon in the sport. Just looking to see where it Jocelyn Rae
has been in 2017. Monterey, Budapest, Hobart, Auckland,
Surbiton. The Auckland to Surbiton express! Melbourne, Southsea,
Ilkley, France. Not as extensive a traveller as a lot of other people
but the costs are still there week in and week out.
There is a lot of pressure on Centre Court to take the catch cleanly.
There is, and it's all down to technique, you just cup, it's not
about grabbing at it, because it might clip the end of your finger
and you will look stupid. They will have a job with Jamie's serve. I was
doing a match with Peter Fleming early in this tournament and he said
he thinks Jamie Murray has sometimes almost the best hand eye
coordination, the most wonderful touch at the net, in the entire
game. It was certainly angry Hingis last
night but it's happy Hingis at the moment. Everybody who is on Centre
Court is enjoying this. All square after just about 20 minutes.
The bottom left of your picture in the white top and grey hair, Louis
Cayer, the best doubles coach in the world, he's worked with Jamie for a
very long time. Talking about those quick reactions,
they spent hours, firing balls at Jamie right on top of the net, very
unusual coaching techniques. It's all about space and territory and
closing it down. And self-preservation. As he is
hammering those things straight at you.
I think I would be quite confident to give you a pound every time
Martina Hingis misses a volley or a smash in this match. That is how
solid she is. I will start making a note now.
Just finishing off that money subject, which I know may not demean
the occasion, it's about the practicalities of getting around as
a tennis player. Martina Hingis has earned tens of millions but looking
at Ken Skupski's career earnings, at 35 now almost, $500,000 across 15
years. When you do the maths which I am frantically doing here, whatever
that is, it's not a lot in terms of living the life that you have to
live to compete. The great thing about Ken and his brother Neal
Skupski is they are graduates of Louisiana State University. They
took that route, Ken made the quarterfinals of junior Wimbledon
here. College tennis was a better route for him as he was not seen as
one of the best and got a lot of backing. He has lived the life he
wanted to live but he has something to fall back on. That is a smart
move. It is becoming a popular route these days as players play longer
and longer. Whereas in your day you were the exception that proved the
rule, weren't you? That's why they used to call her the boffin.
Some great Court craft and just some great skills. I can remember a few
years ago I played Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova in the
Invitational, and I always felt Martina, I always believed she is a
tennis genius, I felt she always knew where I would hit the ball
before I did, she seemed to have moved there. By the end of the
match, I just said this is ridiculous, Martina should be
playing in the main draw. Jamie saw that coming and he was off
like a rabbit. See how quickly Jamie goes there.
But he held and held. He went just before the strike. Just watch Jamie
just check his feet as soon as Martina hits the ball.
He offered the barn door and Jocelyn Rae took it.
She couldn't do that again if she tried. Just watch where this goes.
Almost took the post out by the roots. Bang.
Top seeds in control as the clock ticks around to just past 5pm and we
are almost at the end of the first set. Just a quick thought, a quick
question, we are being richly entertained here, but at this time
most of the Centre Court crowd would still wish the women's semifinals to
still be going on. Should they be best of five? Yes. Because? There is
no reason why the women can't play five sets the same as the men from
that point of view. Physically it's not an issue any more. These to say
women could only play best of three sets, it was because they were seen
as they couldn't manage it. Lovely pink from Jamie Murray. Would
you do that from the quarterfinal stage? I would do it from the
quarterfinal stage and also to give the fans on semifinals day, it is a
high tariff ticket, give them some more tennis. -- lovely pink. They
are getting value for money with this.
Grapeshot. That was just beautifully worked.
So, less than half an hour and three set points for Murray and Hingis.
That's about the first ball she has missed in this opening set. Is that
the pound? No, it was a volley or a smash. Get your piggy bank ready.
Great serve. Took Jamie by surprise there.
They have fought back well from 0-40 down.
I suppose it works two ways, if you have played a really long match the
night before which went on for ever and ever, almost until dusk, so on
the one hand you could be tired. But on the other hand you've really got
your are right in, they've played a lot of tennis in the last couple of
days. Sometimes when it is really liked by the time they have warmed
down and done what they need to do these days, ice baths, Power gels
and goodness knows what else, and you go to bed rather late it can
take you the first set, you can feel a little flat. And then you have
Hingis and Murray who are by far the favourites for the championship,
they are so sharp, and coming at you, and they have done very well
out here. The prize for the winners of this... It is not tickets for a
Shirley Bassey concert, is it? Sorry, John. It's all right.
Whenever I see Shirley Bassey, she sang at the opening ceremony of the
Rugby World Cup at the millennium in Cardiff in 1999 and I had one of
these things you never thought you would do, standing in a tunnel at a
rugby stadium having a conversation with Shirley Bassey. One of those
things you thought you'd never do and somehow or another you find
yourself in that situation. She sang a duet with Bryn Terfel. Anyway, to
tell you, the winners play either Marcelo Demoliner or Maria Jose
Martinez Sanchez, or Mate Pavic or Lyudmyla Kichenok in the next round.
They have yet to begin their match. I mention that because it's actually
good, a stellar name like Martina Hingis, is playing in the doubles
because it does give it that bit of stardust.
That is superb from Jamie. I'm in Clyde to agree, his hand I caught
the nation is unbelievable. He is a good golfer, and a good footballer,
he is one of those multisport guys. -- I'm inclined to agree.
Take that from Skupski. I'm not sure that was going to go back whether it
hit the net cord or not. That was backed into a corner, three set
points down, I'm just going to whack this.
Martina looked around Ben and said, what was that? That was so wide.
Brilliantly reached by Murray and the first set to the top seeds. --
around then. You mentioned the instinctive nature Murray and Hingis
have playing together, but it goes without saying, if you play with
somebody a lot you will have that automatically. That was obviously
kind of yours, OK, and then put away by Hingis in the end but you think
about all the great doubles pairings, whoever they might have
been, they eventually cultivated a complete understanding of who was
going to beware at what point. This is what is so great about the Mixed
Doubles because it's only at the slams so you don't get the chance to
play a lot with that person from slam to slam. Super serving numbers
from Murray and Hingis, that's what it is about, making almost every
return, they looked comfortable all the way through, they could have
broken another couple of times but super entertainment and well in
control. They might want to knock in a couple more first serves, if you
are going to be a little picky. What I have said about Hingis and Murray,
they instinctively understand where the spaces are and they are so good
technically, such good doubles players, that they will fit very
nicely. Martina got it slightly right on the last one but she
immediately moved on the space and they are constantly covering for
each other. Great experience from Skupski and Rae to play on Centre
Court against top seeds. Bit by bit more and more people are coming back
after tea following the two semi-finals. Pretty nearly full now.
Let's hope the second set is as good as the first.
You heard Jocelyn Rae shout sorry to Ken Skupski there. Who should have
taken this ball? It was on Kent's left side. Jocelyn for me. Anyway,
she is taller. Were you one of those people playing
doubles who banned the use of the word sorry? No. Sometimes, you
think, you don't have to say sorry, we are in this thing together, kind
of thing? Lovely shot. What an angle from Hingis. She is hitting it very
sweetly. No one knows where that's going. I used to play with a
Japanese player in doubles who would apologise if I made a mistake.
Apologising to the crowd? No, to me! Sorry about that, sorry about my
partner, I will be shot of her next time.
She didn't teach me any Japanese swear words because she said there
weren't any. What is the Japanese word for sorry? I don't know, she
said it in English. Having lost the first set its always
good to open the second with a service hold and Skupski now has the
chance to do that. And he does. When you are playing doubles like
this, in a singles match you can say, if plan a is not working, we
will go to plan a and a bit, B, C and whatever. What can you change in
this doubles match if you are on the wrong end of it? You have to break
up the plans of your opponent, they are being picked off constantly at
the net. It is easier said than done. That is what Martina is trying
to do here. Then you will have a discussion
about, alongside that, where is the best placed to serve to and then
talk about doing the basics well, making first serves and making
plenty of returns. The ball swinging in at Skupski's
It is a pretty consistent backhand, or this match. -- throughout this
match. She would have known all about Joslin from their junior days.
I think Hingis is six from six on the overheads so far. She is seeing
the ball very, very cleanly. I'm not getting my purse open just yet!
Just waited and waited and waited. We weren't sure where it was going,
and then it went. Oh, that's a pitch, as somebody
would have said in this commentary box many years ago. I think the
tennis gods have sprinkled some fairy dust on Martina Hingis
throughout his career. -- throughout her career. She can do some really
special things on tennis court. -- out here on this tennis court.
Athletic from Skupski. And again. We are eulogising,
Martina Hingis, but it's easy to forget that she fell out of love
with this sport in a big way at a very early age after having achieved
so much. 22, she had already been on the tour of ten years.
Great staff! Hugely entertaining. -- great stuff. A lovely touch from
Murray too. Well, it was a beautiful shot.
Didn't need the help of the net. A bit of a masterclass by the top
seeds here at the moment. I mentioned about Hingis falling out
of love with the sport, as you've been doing a lot of work over here
for channel seven in Australia as well, they've been having endless
discussions I would imagine until we're blue in the phrase in the
early hours of the morning, not just about Nick Kyrgios but about Bernard
Tomic, he said he was bored of playing here, he is falling in and
out of love with the sport. At regular intervals. And she decided
that to walk away from it. So it is understandable how young people can
sometimes feel like that. Yes, I think with Martina, though, I think
she did pretty much love the game. You've got to remember, she won the
juniors at the French Open which it was 12. She won the juniors at 13,
she played her first Wimbledon at 14. She beat Steffi Graf in the
first round. By 22, she was jaded, weekend, week out. The Williams
sisters were hitting the ball harder and harder, Lindsay Davenport came
on the scene. Bernard Tomic, he has been forced to play when he didn't
want to play. It's understandable, some of the statements he's coming
up with. A set and a break for the top seeds.
Jamie is going left. They haven't really got the hand signals worked
out. When you've got somebody at the net
who moves as much as Jamie Murray, you try being on the other side,
it's so hard to make your return. Oh, that was a very clean strike
from Skupski. Sitting at home, wherever you may be watching, it's
almost worth, just don't watch the ball for this next point, just watch
Jamie Murray's feet and his activity level, it's almost hyperactive,
isn't it, he's just everywhere. Skupski auditioning for Goodison all
and feel there! He is a big Liverpool supporter. Oh, I shouldn't
have said the word Liverpool! I apologise! His dad was a goalkeeper
for Aston Villa reserves. Really?! He played in Poland as well, didn't
he? Ken Skupski Senior, a great football. Also the treasurer of a
tennis club in Liverpool. Well, read quickly a 3-1 lead for
Jamie and Martina. -- very quickly. And this match is in danger of going
the way of the first two on Centre Court today. Rather more swiftly
than I think anybody would have wanted.
Are Oh! You were just willing somebody to win eight! -- is to win
it. What a fantastic shot from Skupski. That one!
No missed volleying from Hingis, noted.
I've been very impressed, actually, how competitive Jocelyn Rae and Ken
Skupski have been in this match. I mean, just that one break in the
opening set, that's all it was, just the serve.
Well, Skupski has banged down for a seat in this match so far, to keep
them just in touch -- four aces. It's so easy to forget, actually,
because the years go by, that actually the holders of this
Championship are a British - finish combination of Henri Kontinen and
Heather Watson. And they are still in the competition as well. They are
playing Parma and the Brodsky in their quarterfinal match today. It's
not in conceivable that we could have British involvement on both
sides of the net late on Sunday evening. Even if we're not going to
have any British involvement in either of the singles of the
weekend, which is obviously a huge disappointment. You weren't part of
the Jo Konta commentary for us on the BBC. What was your take on how
that much planned out? I thought it would be tighter. I thought that Jo
tried to hard and pushed it too much, she had to go to the edge
against Venus Williams, who I thought struck the ball beautifully.
So much pressure from Venus. And Jo was right to push but the forehand
broke down a little more than I thought it would. Just not quite
ready. As comfortable as Murray and Hingis
are making this, they've done a very nice job of just keeping the tempo
up here, keeping the pace of the match running along.
That's a big weapon to have! Especially in this game.
Murray and Hingis are just about to receive, and Jamie is the
left-hander is standing on the right-hand side of the court. I'm
sure most club players watching this and listening all over the world, if
they are playing a right-hander and the left-hander, the natural
instinct is to always have the left-hander on the left. Why are
they doing it like this? Because Martina always plays on the left in
women's doubles. And she's much more comfortable there. And you've also
got a woman playing on the left. I think in club tennis that would very
rally happened. -- that would very rarely happen. You just go with your
strengths are and where you feel the most comfortable, and we were used
to week in, week out. -- where you used to. That's a very good point.
There's always the feeling that the pressure points are going to be the
advantage called. So, club tennis, you know, the man tends to go there.
It's a very crisp striking of the ball from Jamie Murray today. Just
have a look at this. He's got such a short take back, he hardly takes the
racket. It's all forward motion, just clicked it. Very tough to read.
He takes its super early. She will not be happy with that. Her
favourite return. There's a kind of tone that we get
given before every match of that's about all of the players and
everybody involved. There is war and peace about Martina Hingis! There's
just so much to say about all of her career wins and career titles. 43
tour singles successes for Martina Hingis in her career. 60 women's
doubles titles. Five mixed doubles titles. And so it goes on, almost
every country in the world she's won an event in somewhere or other. Most
remarkably, really, in terms of the longevity, albeit with a slight
hiatus in the muddle, she's been an Olympian twice. In Atlanta and Rio.
You know, spanning 20 years, from 1996 until last year. She first
represented Switzerland in the Federation cup 22 years ago. And is
still doing it now. Just extraordinary.
And she will serve now, and if she holds, Murray and Hingis will just
about be there. Oh! How did he see that? And if he
hadn't seen it, he'd have got it in the eye. But look at him, he's
always moving forward, he's always active.
That caught the thinnest of slivers of Rae's racket. But it means, after
almost an hour, Murray and Hingis are one game away from the
semifinals. I wouldn't mind seeing that again.
Was that an air shot by Skupski? Or did he leave it at the last minute?
He managed to earn a shot it but he still won the point! Great vision
from Rae. -- to air shot it. Rae and Skupski, this is Avery tough
assignment for them in terms of the class of Hingis and Murray. -- a
very tough assignment. But they have competed brilliantly.
And a tough occasion also in terms of the setting, the stage.
Everything else that has set this matchup.
Well played, Jocelyn Rae. Hanging on in there.
But it's Jamie to serve. So there'll be some big swinging serves out of
the advantage court. I suppose you've just got to make them play,
if you possibly can. It's not that easy. I mean, both teams have played
pretty smart. They've stop to what many think is the golden rule of
mixed doubles, if you can play on the woman, that's what you do most
of the time. They've both done that well. Jamie and Martina just have a
little extra pizzazz at the net, and it is just small things that have
divided them out here. A few more returns of serve in, clean on the
follies, not missing any at all. And just work a little better together
-- clean-up on the volleys. Skupski and Rae, they won't be used to
having the ball coming at them. It is all split, split, split seconds,
isn't it? But the fraction that you have got less time to move the ball
and move your feed, if you are not used about on a regular basis, you
will get found out. Everything is just coming up a little quicker here
this afternoon. So, here is Jamie Murray de polish
things. -- to polish things off. Another big swinging serve. If you
weren't with us one hour ago when this match started, Sam did promise
to give me ?1 for every error that Martina Hingis made at the net
during the course of this match. And her purse has remained, and looks
like remaining, resolutely shut. Of course, she hasn't made a single
error at the net. And so, one final bit of whispering,
and here we are, Jamie Murray, three set points. Three match points.
Done, dusted! In one hour and four minutes. But that was richly
entertaining stuff. Well played Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae. But Jamie
Murray Martina Hingis just a little bit too much class.
SUE BARKER: Well done to Jamie and Martina, the big favourites to take
the title here at Wimbledon. And the crowd certainly enjoying that match
an centre. Well done to them. Today is Lady semifinals day. First on
court was Garbine Muguruza, if final two years to go. She was on court
for only one hour and four minutes against Magdalene -- Magdalena
Rybarikova. The former champion is getting better and better with every
match. She is a big hitter with a big serve, and that the end of this
match she had a big smile as well. She is the root of the Wimbledon
final once again. And playing possibly the best tennis of her life
-- she is through to the Wimbledon final. And she is there to face
Venus Williams, who crushed Jo Konta's dreams of becoming the first
British woman through to final since 1977. And you can't take anything
away from Jo. She played a good match. But Venus was just better.
She served well, the tactics were right, and she just hit winner of
the winner. It's incredible that Venus was last in the final here
back in 2009. At the age of 37 she looks as though she's moving and
hitting the ball better than ever. Venus against Muguruza in the final.
During the day, we've heard from so many great champions here. And on
ladies semi final day, I thought we'd hear from another one, winner
of 18 Grand Slam titles it's Chris Everett. She popped into the studio
to talk about the semifinals, and a lot more. It's lovely to see my good
friend, multiple Grand Slam winner, Wimbledon darling here, Chris
Everett. You are the Wimbledon darling! I so wish that I was! Great
to see Jo Konta doing so well here, isn't it? But today, just couldn't
find the answers, could she? Oh, she came up against the Venus Williams
in top form. I mean, I don't think I'd ever seen Venus play that well
on a grass court. I mean, she had so much power, but she was so
consistent. I mean, even when she won it, and she was number one in
the world, she made a lot more areas. She's much more consistent
now, she's moving well. That served as unbelievable -- she made more
errors. She is stepping in on the second serve returns. She looks just
so, up there. Her facade and composure -- so calm out there. It
is unmatched by anybody in this tournament. What you make of Jo's
game? I'm a big fan, I think she had a great tournament. I hope, you
know, I hope the press goes easy on her. She had three really tough
emotional 3-set matches, starting with Donna Vekic. You know, she got
out of trouble. She played her best tennis and oppression. She managed
to get herself calm and, you know, it really work for her. But at some
point it's going to catch up with you. I wonder if she ran out the
little bid of steam at the end. But, no, I'm a big fan of her composure
and maturity, her philosophy on life. I think she's just got to keep
going. You know, it's her first Wimbledon semifinal. I know she's
been in a Grand Slam semifinal of the Australian, is not the same
thing as a home Grand Slam. Maybe the occasion was a bit much. She
made a couple of uncharacteristic errors when she was serving at 5-
for in that first set. I don't know, that could have been a bit of
wariness, where entire, over the two week that she played, the
accumulation of having played a lot of matches. I still think having
been a player, and you know this and then, emotionally, you know, when
you get through a big match, I mean, that match with Vekic, and then
Caroline Garcia, another struggle, and then Simona Halep. Three matches
like that has got to take something out of you. I think she's human and
it took something out of her. Do you feel that she is a Grand Slam
champion? Very much a possibility, very much. She plays great on the
grass courts. Absolutely. I mean, the way that women's tennis has
opened up, absolutely, she is a contender. Did you ever think you
would see Venus play that well again? No, we were just talking
about and actually in the ESPN Green Room. I mean, we thought maybe three
or four years ago she had had it. Because she was really getting tired
in her matches, she was making a lot of errors, she does didn't look
happy out there. It's very much like a Roger Federer sort of centres,
really, what's happened in the last year has happened to Venus. I mean,
she's 37 years old, and she is playing better now than when choose
number one in the world. And she just... She loved the pressure, she
loves the big moments, the big matches. And she has such a passion.
And I'd just, you know, I keep saying this, I'm a big fan of Hearst
and yen. But it's incredible, the second serve on a break point. 106
mph! A couple almost hit Konta, did you notice a couple of them?! What
about the body serves. That almost won the match. Coming up with those
big serves at key moments, right into the body. Jo and get out of the
way. She was very smart. She definitely had clarity and a
strategy going out there today -- Jo couldn't get out of the way.
Everybody underestimates the body serve. Jo's serve pattern, she
hardly puts any down the centre, maybe that's something she's got to
add to her against a pillar in our day we didn't have a body serve
because the ball was so soft will stop you just wanted to place it a
little more. But nowadays the speed of the serve, it sometimes takes
more effort to get out of the way of the ball than it is just a stretch
wide and go for a forehand or a backhand return. It's a great play.
I think the guys have used it a lot in men's tennis and the women are
starting to use it more. What about Muguruza? We could be treated to a
magnificent final, can we? I hope so, she has proven she can
play on grass reaching the finals. I don't know what has happened, she is
more relaxed this tournament, maybe Conchita Martinez is coaching her
and Conchita Martinez is kind of laid-back. I think Muguruza needs
somebody to help her relax more than put pressure on her and get her
stressed out. She has just been very focused. Again, harnessing her power
gun not making a lot of errors, reining in the areas -- harnessing
her power, not making a lot of errors. Whistle at the French Open
last summer, it seems like two years ago, but she won it a year ago and
has not lived up to that, grandson champion. Maybe it is taking a
little time for her to get used to getting the publicity and having all
the attention. Maybe now she feels more comfortable in her own skin and
playing better tennis. When she plays freely she is beautiful to
watch and she will attack. And just as strong as Venus. She has a big
first serve and cracks those ground strokes. I think in that Kerber
match, I said whoever wins the match it could change their year around,
if Kerber won they could have changed her year and I think that
match was huge for Muguruza. When you have a match like that it frees
you up and you feel more confident. She is a confidence player. That
match was of the highest quality. We have a lot of great women's matches.
Considering Serena Williams, the dominant player, is not here, it has
opened the door to a lot of great matches and possibilities. Everyone
trying to seize the opportunity that Serena Williams has left. As far as
the men are concerned, the semi-finals have not worked out as
we predicted. First of all, Andy Murray, we have all played with
injuries and we know how tough it is and it was sad to see him limping
around a Centre Court. I thought he was a real gentleman, the way he is
not making excuses. But last year, 2016, Davis Cup, the Olympics, and
playing a full schedule up until November trying to get the number
one ranking over Novak, I just think he was a little burnt out coming
into this year. He has never really got the fresh feeling. He needs a
break. I briefly read in the newspaper he is talking about taking
some time off. I think he does need to take time off, I think Djokovic
needs to take time off. When you get to a certain point in your career,
whether it is being 30 years old, or being on the tour for ten or 15
years and you must re-evaluate your schedule and limit your tournaments
because it is not humanly possible with how athletic this sport is and
the wear and tear on your body that you can keep it up year after year
after year. If you have an injury you have to get it right before
coming back and he must listen to the doctors. Absolutely. You cannot
really play at this top level nursing an injury. Again, the power
in the game, just the way it affects your body and the athleticism is so
much more than it was ten years ago at its highest level. There is a lot
of pressure from tournaments, pressure for accumulating more
points on the circuit, pressure from endorsements, I don't know. There
are lots of outside pressures but at some point take a break and look
what it did to Roger Federer. Exactly! It is a no-brainer, look
what it did to him. We must have your thoughts on Sam Querrey. He is
one of the sport's nice guys, isn't he? He took his chances, didn't he?
He's surely playing his best tennis ever. Yes but he played his best
tennis last year too when he had the upset. But Novak wasn't really in
the ballpark that day. But also the manner in which he played, he seems
to be moving better. 6-1, 6-1, fourth and fifth sets looked like he
was a Wimbledon Championships where he played with the big serve. Big
guys don't always move well but he was covering the court really well.
I love his backhand, it was right on target with the backhand. He is the
nicest most unassuming, humble guy. So, we Americans are really proud of
him the way he has got this far and hope he can go further. Finally, in
a Grand Slam semifinal. What about superhuman Roger Federer? The
superhuman, yes. Some of the tennis he produced against Raonic took your
breath away, didn't it? He is a shot maker, I feel like he saved his body
because he doesn't need to go out there and work like Nadal and Andy
Murray. They physically grind it out and they are defence as well as
counterpuncher is as well as offence. Roger Federer only knows
one way to play tennis and that is just to be aggressive. I feel like
as hard as he works, and I know he works hard, he doesn't have the wear
and tear over his body over the years that the other players have
and all he needs to do is concentrate on the Majors. He needs
to stay in shape and he needs to have that eagerness and hunger to
win. He does not need to play 12 months of the year. I think that is
something that the other players can look at also to, you know, get their
career longer at the other end. We will see players playing until 38,
40, I am sure, in the next few years. I cannot let you go without
reminiscing. You mean the 77 when you should have won Wimbledon?
Everybody has been reminding me. The crowd bothered me in that match.
Debate? They were brutal. I thought they were. I never got upset and a
match but in that match I was really upset. I let it bother me and I
shouldn't have. That is not like you. I shouldn't have but in the
last game I was ready to say, it's your match. But on the other side of
the draw there was Sue Barker and Jenny. You could have won. I'm
sorry. Look what you are doing now. Virginia swanning around the world
having holidays and I'm working. In Portugal! We want to reminisce one
of your finals. Pick your favourite final that you won. I don't have
one, I'm sorry. I will pick one for you. Yvonne? Yes, 1976 because it
was a wonderful final, ute two, very much like with Martina, the contrast
of styles. She had the upper hand -- you two. She had the upper hand on
me on grass courts up until that point. I love the hairstyle.
Jeepers! The courts were playing hard that year, that was the hot
year, right? Yes. It didn't rain and I didn't have to bend that no. I
loved playing it on because she gave me a target coming into the net.
Sometimes when I played Yvonne I watched her instead of the ball
because she was so beautiful as an athlete, the way she hit the ball
and glided. I had to say, don't look at her, look at the ball. That was a
big win. Yvonne came to play in an exhibition at the Albert Hall a few
years later and asked me to go and practice with her and I said I'd be
delighted, and I to court for two arrows and I thought she might want
a bit longer, she turned up at the front desk and said we got caught
four for two hours and she said I have never practised more than 45
minutes in my life and that is where I went wrong I played four hours a
day. Roger is the same, he can put in two arrows the way Nadal can put
in five hours because they are shot makers. -- two hours. They are so
talented and gifted unlike us. We had to drench our way hitting ground
shots. Drill after drill after pattern after Pat. How is your body?
Mine is fine, is yours OK? You told me when I went to visit you that you
are hitting York volleys better now than you were. With the new rackets
and strings every old time is hitting the volleys better. Are
playing every day. With ten or 12-year-olds. I exaggerate! You are
not playing at all? I snapped my Achilles playing one time and the
surgeon said I will see you here again if you carry on playing. I was
lucky for you. Do you know what, when I was playing out there, when
the ball was coming and it got short I thought I'm going to run up there
and hit it across court and no, I was running up and barely getting to
it. The brain remembered what to do but the body didn't follow. You
think you are 18 again. By the way everybody, Sue Barker had the big De
Maio biggest forehand in the game. Remember Steffi Graf in our era, she
had it. Andy moved well. Stop! You've got the cheque in the post!
You're welcome. So lovely to see you. Thank you for inviting me. We
missed you in the studio last year. In the final will you join us for a
bit? I will try. Breakfast at Wimbledon but I will do my utmost to
try for you. Thank you so much. Good to see you. It is always great to
hear from Chris and encouraging that she sees Jo Konta as a potential
Grand Slam champion. She can be proud of the way she has played at
Wimbledon. Let's hear from Jo who has been talking to Phil Jones.
Commiserations on today but congratulations on a wonderful
tournament as well. Thank you. We are not that far removed from the
match but have you been able to process how it unfolded for you
today? Definitely a little bit and I will
keep working on it with my team. But overall 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 really just dictated the match from the very
beginning until the very end. I had very few chances to get a good
foothold in the match. And again, when I did have those chances, she
did very well to take them away from me. So all credit to her. I know
that you said ahead of the match you would be humbled to share the court
with somebody like Venus. When you see what she is able to do at the
age of 37 with the illness she has, is there a sense of wonder as well?
I think there is just a massive amount of respect for her and what
she has achieved in our sport and what she has brought to our sport
and what she has given it. I think it is more the fact that today shows
why she is also a five-time champion here. And as for you, did you feel
any extra nerves today because it was a Wimbledon semifinal and the
occasion was such a big one? Actually, once I got out onto the
court I felt very comfortable. I do love being on Centre Court here.
It's both kind of big but also intimate at the same time. I think
overall I enjoyed my tournament here, but definitely enjoyed today.
Do you take away a sense of pride in the way you were able to not only
played so well to get to this point but deal with all the attention that
goes with it as a British player here at Wimbledon? 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 the
tournament, I am very happy with that. Obviously I would have liked
to go in little further but I'm definitely taking a lot of good
things. The great thing is above all else you continue to show time after
time you belong on this stage. Venus touched on it in her press
conference about you are going to be challenging for majors for many
years to come, we hope. I hope so too and that is very kind of her.
Again, I am very humbled by that, I guess, by that from her. I will
definitely do my best to do that. SUE BARKER: I'm sure she will be
disappointed but has proved to herself she is right up there with
the game's best and we look forward to following her in the years to
come. I'm sure she will have learned a lot from that experience today. We
look forward to the final, it is Venus Williams up against Garbine
Muguruza. It will be a wonderful display of big serving and power
from the back of the court. That is the final on Saturday on BBC One
from 1pm. We have come to be end on BBC One but plenty of tennis still
to come over on BBC Two and on Centre at the moment Britain's
Heather Watson in her Mixed Doubles game with Henri Kontinen. That will
be on BBC Two. For now, goodbye.