Konta leads their previous meetings 3-2. They last met in Rome in May this year. Venus won in 3 sets on a clay court. All their other matches were on hard courts. Three of their matches went to deciding sets.
They have very similar over all results this season. They have also both been solid on grass. Konta has won 13 of her 16 grass matches in 2017. This is
Venus’ only grass tournament this year. She also reached the semis last year. Konta went out in the 2nd round in 2016.
Konta came into this tournament with doubts over her fitness following a bad fall in Eastbourne the week before. This week she has had some tough opponents. Vekic had beaten her in the Nottingham final last month but this time it was Konta’s turn to win in 3 sets. The third set finished 10-8. Garcia also pushed her to 3 sets in their 4th round meeting. Konta played a great match to beat Halep in another 3 setter in the quarter final. Both players served well and there were only 3 breaks of serve in the whole match.
Venus has only dropped 1 set so far in the tournament and it was to arguably her weakest opponent. Qiang Wang took their opening set in the second round. Venus’ toughest opponent looked to be French Open champion Ostapenko in the quarter final but Ostapenko’s second serve gave the American just a few too many opportunities and it was another straight sets win for the former world number 1. Since her 3 set match in round 2 Venus has faced 7 break points in 3 matches and was broken just twice.
This almost certainly goes to 3 sets. Tough to pick a winner with any real certainty. Lay whoever breaks first.
My gut feeling is that Konta takes it. She starts as slight favourite at 1.83.