Konta vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Thursday July 13, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Venus Williams and Johanna Konta meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Jelena Ostapenko that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 78 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Venus has won her last eight sets and is coming off a match in which he dropped just nine first serve points. Venus has also had 15 or less unforced errors in her last three matches, which is key for her considering that’s been her downfall over the years. Venus has to love her chances as long as she continues to play clean tennis and not help her opponent. Venus hopes to make her second grand slam final appearance since 2010. Venus also hopes to make her ninth career Wimbledon final appearance. Venus has won 10 of her last 11 matches on grass court.
Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 68 percent of her first serve points and 66 percent of her second serve points. Konta has won three of her five matches in three sets, as she continues to come away with the biggest points, and she’s coming off a match in which she got 68 percent of her first serves in play. Konta has also had 21 or less unforced errors in four of her five matches, putting a lot of pressure on her opponent to play consistent tennis. Konta hopes to make her first career grand slam final appearance, and this is her second career grand slam semifinal. Konta’s only other grand slam semifinal trip was in the 2016 Australian Open. Konta has won eight of he last nine matches on grass court.
These two have played five times and Konta has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match Venus won in three sets. Kona has beaten Venus three out of the four meetings on hard court, but this is their first match on grass.
I would love to see Venus win this match and have a shot to win another grand slam at her age. She’s also capable of getting it done if she can avoid the mountain of unforced errors that sometimes creep into her game. However, Konta is the more consistent player at this stage and is easier to trust due to her defense and ability to constantly keep the ball in play. Konta does not beat herself, and she’s going to put a lot of pressure on Venus to hit winners and make the right play time and time again.
I’d love to be wrong with this pick, but I see Konta getting the victory here.