Venus Williams into Wimbledon final with smooth defeat of Johanna Konta

The American beat Britain’s best - and first semi-finalist since Virginia Wade in 1978 - 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and a quarter

Venus Williams defied time, the odds and Johanna Konta over two ragged sets here on Thursday to reach her ninth Wimbledon final at 37, the oldest contender since Martina Navratilova in 1994.The American made her Wimbledon debut just three years after that and has been an adornment ever since - and a five-time champion at her favourite tournament.She beat Britain’s best - and first semi-finalist since Virginia Wade in 1978 - 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and a quarter in front of a Centre Court audience...