"She's played some incredible matches against me, as well".
"I just expected myself to be ready as much as I could". She only approached the net eight times in her win against Vandeweghe. On Konta's potential, Williams added: "She played an incredible tournament".
Seeded 14th, Muguruza buried Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 to reach her second All England Club final.
Since the quarterfinals were set, Johanna Konta has led her head-to-head against every other remaining player.
Spaniard Muguruza was a 6-1 6-1 victor against a player who had said it was her childhood dream to play in a semi-final on Centre Court but saw the occasion turn into a nightmare. "She showed a lot of courage, played in tough situations against players who were in form".
Konta was reduced to tears by what she felt were threats and intimidation from the Romanian fans in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea, but Halep fanned the flames this week when she claimed her compatriots had done nothing wrong.
She is temporarily working with a Wimbledon champion and Spain's Fed Cup captain, Conchita Martinez.
Top-ranked Angelique Kerber, a finalist at the All England Club previous year, was first on No. 2 Court against 2015 finalist Garbine Muguruza. I'm sure she's going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match. She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals.
"I definitely will ask her", Williams said.
"This match was complicated because she was playing well since the start of the tournament". In their only clash since then, Muguruza got her first win on the clay of Rome, which provides little predictive value given the vast difference in surface. "Sometimes I really was great, and she played even better".
Williams broke twice in the second set before using all her guile and experience to see it out and reach a first final in SW19 since 2009.
Muguruza and Venus Williams have faced off four times on the WTA tour, with Williams holding a 3-1 edge.
That was as good as it got for Konta, who was immediately broken in the next game.
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