Five facts about Wimbledon women's semi-finals

Konta, who will be playing in her first Wimbledon semi-final, is attempting to become the first British victor of the women's singles since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Now 37, Williams is the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon final since Martina Navratilova in 1994 at the same age.

Wimbledon 2017, Women's Singles semi-finals, live scores and updates: Women's Singles semifinals between Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova and Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

But the Romanian could not be accused of another meltdown on Centre Court. Konta, 11 years younger to Williams, is an exciting player to watch but also one who has shown maturity, poise and composure worthy of a major champion.

The American broke Konta in the final game of the first set, and then broke for the third time in the final game of the match.

Despite the disappointment of just falling short at her home grand slam Konta believes her performances in 2017 stand her in good stead for future majors.

'Quite honestly, I think I was in just as much of a shot of winning this tournament here, ' she added.

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"I had a lot of issues", Williams said afterwards. I hope I keep it up for the last match and I hope it goes my way. I'm going to have to ask her for some pointers.

She finished the match with 36 unforced errors to Halep's nine, but trusted in an attacking game plan that produced 48 winners to 26. She also knows what it takes to beat Muguruza, having done it twice, even though their last meeting was more than two years ago.

"It's very well rehearsed and I'm very impressed".

Williams had served significantly more double faults than Konta in the tournament prior to this match.

Serena Williams is pregnant and taking time off from the tour.

She will play either Britain's Johanna Konta or Simona Halep in the last four. "I think my experience helped a lot", Williams said. Serena was 35-plus when she won the title past year.

The five-time champion plans to lean on her seven-times champion sister for advice on how to stop Muguruza. I just have to be more relaxed and more belief in myself.

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