Womens Wimbledon semi final betting preview: Venus Williams v Johana Konta - who will win and why?

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Follow our betting preview of the Womens Wimbledon semi final match as world number seven and national heroine Johanna Konta faces off against the veteran and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams. 

How they got here:

Venus Williams, who is well known to the Wimbledon crowd, had a rather sombre lead up to Wimbledon opting not to play in any of the preluding competitions. However, it hasn't seemed to affect her one bit.

Williams' first match saw her face world number 51, Elise Mertens who she beat in straight sets (7(9)-6(7), 6-4). The tenth seed was then shocked after losing her first set of the tournament to Chinese Wang Qiang but fought back in a dominant victory (4-6, 6-4, 6-1).

In the Third Round, Williams took on 19-year-old Noami Osaka who tested the veteran but fell short (7(7)-6(3), 6-4). The Fourth Round saw the five-time Wimbledon champion take on her first seeded player of the competition seed #27 Ana Konjuh who she swept aside 6-3, 6-2.

After a war of words in the lead up to her quarter final with Jelena Ostapenko, Williams showed that she has still got what it takes and came out on top (6-3, 7-5).

Sixth seed Johanna Konta had fantastic preparation for Wimbledon this year playing in the Nottingham Open, the Birmingham Classic and Eastbourne, getting her used to the grassy surface and it has done her wonders in Wimbledon so far.

In the First Round she took on world number 109 Su-wei Hsieh who she defeated in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). She then faced Donna Vekic who pushed her to three sets (7(4)-6(4), 4-6, 10-8) which was a real test of Konta's class and stamina.

In the Third Round, the British national defeated young Maria Sakkari (6-4, 6-1). Konta was then tested against world number 21 Caroline Garcia who took her to three sets (7(7)-6(3), 4-6, 6-4).

The 26-year-old then let UK fans dream in her fantastic three-set victory against the number two seed Simona Halep (6(2)-7(7), 7(7)-6(5), 6-4).

Tale of the tape:

Across a two-year period, Williams and Konta have played each other five times with Konta edging out Williams three victories to two.

However, none of these matches have been played on grass and the last time they met Williams came out victorious knocking Konta out of the Rome Masters (Clay) in the Fourth Round (6-1, 3-6, 6-1).

On an interesting note, Konta has beaten Williams twice in latter stages of tournaments (Stanford (Hard, final), Miami Masters (Hard, semi-final). Could be an interesting fact to take into account going into this match.

Who will win:

Overall Konta has had the more challenging lead up to this stage of the competition, but her preparation before the tournament has paid serious dividends, mix that with hometown support, and you've got a player with serious momentum.

You cannot ignore the experience and brilliance of Williams though. She's not a player to be taken lightly, she may have slowed down in latter stages of her career, but her strength and power is immense and always be a huge advantage.

However, everybody loves to cheer for the hometown hero and while she'll have to fight for it, the momentum behind Johanna Konta right now should be enough for her to surpass one of modern tennis' greats.

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