Venus Williams ends Johanna Konta’s fairy tale run 6-4, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon singles final since 2009. Photo: Twitter/@Wimbledon

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Thirty-seven-year-old Venus Williams has ended the dream of British hopeful, Johana Konta, in the Wimbledon Open, beating the world number six in straight sets.

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The five-time Wimbledon champion played superbly to win 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court and set up a final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

Konta, 26, who had hoped to become the first British woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final since 1977, will break into the top five for the first time in the next rankings.

With the win, Williams becomes the oldest grand slam singles finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

The American, through to her ninth final, won her first Wimbledon title in 2000 and the most recent of her seven major victories came on Centre Court in 2008.

“I’ve played a lot of finals here,” Williams told BBC Sport. “One more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all.”

Strong Muguruza

Next in front of Williams is Garbine Muguruza who thrashed unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just 64 minutes to advance to her second Wimbledon final.

Muguruza hit 22 winners to win 6-1, 6-1 in 64 minutes against unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova . Photo: Twitter/@Wimbledon

The Spaniard finished runner-up to Serena Williams in 2015, before beating the American to win the French Open in 2016.

‘The crowd were very nice to me’

In a tight contest between two of the best servers in the game, Williams worked her way to victory with smarter serving and more effective returns.

The American, playing her 20th Wimbledon, showed all her experience to edge out Konta and end British hopes in this year’s singles events.