Wimbledon tips: Best bets for Ladies' semi-finals
Where to place your money on the two last-four encounters, with Johanna Konta and Venus Williams in action.
Johanna Konta v Venus Williams to last 3 sets –
It is not difficult to imagine that Konta is going to put Centre Court through more agony on Thursday, after a nail-biting, albeit impressive, tea-time victory over Simona Halep on Tuesday.
But the home favourite has flourished, rather than withered, under the weight of British expectation so far, and is unlikely to lose her grip now.
The 26-year-old’s temperament was put to the test as early as round two, when she took the third set 10-8 against Donna Vekic, and has not faltered since.
She has, howver, been taken to three sets in three of her five victories so far at SW19 – including in both of her last two – and this match with five-time champions Williams is so hard to call that going the distance again has to be the best bet.
Konta to take it 2-1, meanwhile, looks a fine shout at , too.
Garbine Muguruza 2-0 Magdalena Rybarikova –
Rybarikova – world No.87 – has stunned herself as much as anybody else in reaching the semi-finals, particularly impressing in victory over Coco Wandeweghe on Tuesday.
But while the Slovak has defied the odds throughout this fortnight, this should prove the end of the road.
The 2015 finalist overcame world No.1 Angelique Kerber in progressing this far, knocking out Svetlana Kuznetsova convincingly in the quarter-final, too.
Significantly more experienced in the latter stages of Slams, she should have too much for Rybarikova.
You can back over 9.5 first-set games, meanwhile, at .
What racquet does Johanna Konta use?
Johanna Konta uses Babolat Pure Aero (+). According to the brand's website, it "responds superbly to players who seek power and optimal spin, like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga".