Konta: Venus showed why she's a five-time champion in semifinal match

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

Konta was impressed with Venus' aggressiveness, and how she dictated the match. (AP)

LONDON—Johanna Konta, who fell against Venus Williams in the semifinals at Wimbledon, says that the American can be very aggressive and didn’t back off at all in their Centre Court meeting.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t won Wimbledon since 2008, but Konta says that she knows exactly what to do.

“She looks to dictate from the very first ball. When she puts herself in a position to do that, she plays with a lot of depth, a lot of speed, and you don't get much of a chance to get your grip into the points,” said Konta. “So when she is on the offensive, that's where she's her best. If she makes it difficult for you to dictate, then you are a lot of the times at her mercy.”

That is what Venus did in the semifinals, even when Konta was pressuring her. 

"I think she just showed her true qualities and why she's a five-time champion here, just a true champion that she is," said the British player.

Konta, who also reached the semifinals at the 2016 Australian Open, will enter the Top 5 next week. The 26-year-old Konta says that she is happy with her climb, but she wants more.
“It’s a nice achievement. I guess it's a nice club to be a part of,” she said. “But I'm looking to keep getting better. I'm not satisfied with where I am now. I do want to keep improving. I definitely do want to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be.”

—GRAND SLAM WEEK: Watch Wimbledon Primetime on Tennis Channel, and catch up on the other 2017 Grand Slams on Tennis Channel Plus
—Watch encores from the 2017 French Open and Australian Open on Tennis Channel Plus, including matches like the AO Final showdown between Serena & Venus Williams

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

With win over Dimitrov, Djokovic cruises into quarterfinals in Queen's

The Serb’s win over the world No. 5 was his first win over a Top 10 player since last May.

Federer fights off match point to beat Paire in three-setter in Halle

The world No. 1 extended his grass-court winning streak to 18 matches.

Federer, Nadal & the Greatest Match Ever—An Oral History, Part 4 of 12

"The match started, and I saw the first point, which was incredible."