Venus Williams into Wimbledon final with smooth defeat of Johanna Konta

• Williams records 6-4, 6-2 straight sets victory
• American defeats British No1 in semi-final

Venus Williams defied time, the odds and Johanna Konta over two ragged sets here on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final at 37, the oldest contender since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

The American made her Wimbledon debut just three years after that and has been an adornment ever since - and a five-time champion at her favourite tournament.

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