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Summary

  1. Johanna Konta (GB) 4-6 6-3 5-7 Venus Williams (US)
  2. Konta serves for match but beaten in Wuhan Open last eight
  3. Briton had won 21 of her previous 22 matches

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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OK then, that is all from us but you can read about how that match unfolded, and get all of the reaction, in our report here.

Venus Williams' reward for victory is a semi-final clash with Italian world number 19 Roberta Vinci. 

She'll be needing a big rest before that one because she was pushed all the way today.

Game, set and match - Williams wins

Konta 4-6 6-3 5-7 Williams

What a game! Three epic rallies sees the two fight tooth and nail. At one point it seems game over for Johanna Konta and at another it looks like she is on the point of winning the game.

Instead, though it is Venus Williams who draws upon all of her experience to take victory.  

No shame for Konta though, gave as good as she got.

Konta 4-6 6-3 5-6 Williams*

Venus Williams is rolling back the years now and Johanna Konta needs to find the extra she found yesterday once again. Williams mixes finesse with power and its proving too much for Konta and Williams has two break points.

A double fault from Konta and Williams is serving for the match.

*Konta 4-6 6-3 5-5 Williams

Venus Williams purses her lips as a line call goes against her. She is not happy about that one. Johanna Konta is 15-0 up. Williams takes the next two points but then finds the net to bring Konta level.

A breathtaking rally follows but ends when Konta hits the net and the Briton then sends a forehand long.

Williams breaks

Konta 4-6 6-3 5-4 Williams*

Johanna Konta is so close to a massive result, but she needs to stay calm and cool. Venus Williams won't give this one up without a fight and so it proves. A brilliant, booming shot down the line after dragging Konta wide brings her back into this.

Konta breaks

*Konta 4-6 6-3 5-3 Williams

At over two hours, this is now Venus Williams' longest match of the tournament.

Johanna Konta starts this game superbly, the highlight being a fine, precise return that puts her 30-0 up. 

A double fault from Williams and she is in real trouble. She saves one break point as Konta's return is long, but Konta takes the next point and she is serving for the match!

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Konta 4-6 6-3 4-3 Williams*

The perfect response by Johanna Konta as she takes the game to love. Impossible to tell which way this is going to go. Both are giving it their absolute all. Cracking battle.

*Konta 4-6 6-3 3-3 Williams

Venus Williams is sporting a look of steely determination now and looks to quickly capitalise on winning the previous game as she goes 30-0 up. Williams then hits a shot long before Johanna Konta puts a cross-court effort way out of reach. 

It looks like another close battle is on the cards but Williams takes the next two points and the game.

Williams breaks

Konta 4-6 6-3 3-2 Williams*

For the fourth game in a row, Venus Williams finds herself a break point ahead but this time she makes it count, breaking back immediately and we are back on serve.

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Konta breaks

*Konta 4-6 6-3 3-1 Williams

It looks like the game is in danger of running away from Johanna Konta as she drags a mid-court backhand into the net, and Venus Williams is 30-15 ahead. 

The Brit responds superbly, though, two winners giving her break point but does the tension get to her? She lets Venus Williams back in and it is an invitation she gobbles up, hauling herself to deuce. 

Konta, though, once again shows great resolve, forcing Williams into hitting a forehand long and Konta breaks. Williams lifts her arms in frustration. She has a heck of a game on her hands here.

Konta 4-6 6-3 2-1 Williams*

This is developing into such a tense battle now.

A massive forehand puts Venus Williams 30-15 up but Johanna Konta responds with a sublime backhand.

Both then take a point each and it is deuce again. Williams puts a backhand into the net, heaves her shoulders, but does the same again soon after. Game Konta.

*Konta 4-6 6-3 1-1 Williams

Venus Williams is faltering. She is uncharacteristically missing shots and plants one into the net to put Konta 40-30 up. 

Konta is long with a forehand and it is deuce, before the Brit sees a shot down the line just out. Williams then finds the back of the baseline with a fine backhand and she just manages to hold.

Konta 4-6 6-3 1-0 Williams*

A fine hold by Johanna Konta to kick things off in the third set, taking the game with a nice forehand that Venus Williams has no answer for. Is another stirring comeback win on the cards?

Game and second set

Konta 4-6 6-3 Williams

Venus Williams gifts the advantage to Johanna Konta with a slow second serve, allowing the latter to plant a powerful forehand out of Williams reach. It is 40-15 and Konta has two set points, she finishes it off confidently. 

Konta has taken a set off her childhood hero! Can she go on to win the match?

Johanna Konta
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Konta 4-6 5-3 Williams*

Another closely fought game as Johanna Konta battles back from 30-0 down to deuce, before taking the game when Venus Williams hits a forehand wide.

Konta is now a game away from levelling this match.

*Konta 4-6 4-3 Williams

A tight battle as Johanna Konta once again makes Venus Williams work. The latter flicks a backhand down the left side of the court at 30-30, but that good work is undone as she finds the net and it is deuce.

A cracking rally follows before sheer power makes it advantage Williams. She then launches a forehand down towards the back of the court and Konta has no answer.

Konta 4-6 4-2 Williams*

Venus Williams' performance has dropped off a bit now and Johanna Konta takes full advantage. She moves 40-15 up before finishing at the net to give herself a little breathing space.

Konta breaks

*Konta 4-6 3-2 Williams

A big chance for Johanna Konta to go a break up here as Venus Williams hits long and it's break point Konta. She then fires a return beyond Williams and it is advantage Konta.

Konta 4-6 2-2 Williams*

Johanna Konta kicks things off with her first ace of the match. That will give her confidence. Venus Williams manages to return the next one but a smart shot down the edge of the court and another winner gives Konta four break points. 

This will be big for her mentally if she can take this to love, and she does with a strong forehand out of Williams' reach. Great work.

*Konta 4-6 1-2 Williams

Venus Williams breezes through her service game with a second love hold of the match. Nothing much Johanna Konta can do, with Williams brilliant on her first serve.

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Konta 4-6 1-1 Williams*

Johanna Konta responds by storming 40-0 up. Can she hold? 

Venus Williams claims two winners but Konta keeps her cool to take the next point and the game.

*Konta 4-6 0-1 Williams

It is initially a toe-to-toe battle as Johanna Konta keeps Venus Williams honest. Errors on serve don't help the American and a double fault that makes it 30-30 sees Williams look up to the roof and rolls her eyes. She knows she can do better.

That she does as she forces Konta to send a forehand into the net hands Williams break point and another shot into the net gives Williams the first game.

Game and first set

Konta 4-6 Williams*

A bad start for Johanna Konta as her second serve is returned and Konta subsequently finds the net with a forehand. The Brit then gifts a point to Williams with a lazy return wide.

Konta gets up and running when a booming second serve is hit wide by Williams and then she superbly hooks a forehand out of the reach of her opponent. Aggressive tennis and it is 30-30. 

Williams moves on to a set point as Konta's forehand is just wide but then a shot into the net after a rally makes it deuce. A double fault again hands the advantage to Williams, before Konta's forehand is wide and Williams takes the first set.

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Konta breaks

*Konta 4-5 Williams

A bad start for Venus Williams as she sweeps a forehand into the net before scooping a return wide. Three break back points for Konta, can she do it?

Williams saves one with her first ace of the match but Konta sends Williams sprawling with a thumping return and we are back on serve. Great game from Konta!

Konta 3-5 Williams*

Johanna Konta's first serve has been letting her down but she puts it together in this game, ensuring her first three serves are in and she moves 40-15 ahead before taking the game and keeping herself in this set.

*Konta 2-5 Williams

Before Johanna Konta even has time to think, Venus Williams breezes through the seventh game, Konta failing to take a point as a brilliant backhand that finds the limits of the court hands the game to Venus and puts her within touching distance of taking the first set. 

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Konta 2-4 Williams*

This is as much a mental battle as it is a physical battle for Johanna Konta. Her serve, in particular, is really letting her down. First she sends a forehand wide from a Venus Williams return before a double fault puts the latter in control.

Is she running out of fight? Not quite as she responds superbly, winning the next three points and, although Williams gets to deuce, Konta digs into make it 4-2.

*Konta 1-4 Williams

Mistakes from both players characterise this game as Venus Williams initially fails to build on a brilliant instinctive return at the net. 

Johanna Konta has break point at 40-30 but two winners from Venus and she is closing in on taking the first set.

Williams breaks

Konta 1-3 Williams*

Johanna Konta starts with a double fault. She has had a couple of those already. A forehand into the net and then a strong return down the line and Venus Williams has four break points. Konta then hits long and that good work from the third set is undone.

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Konta breaks

*Konta 1-2 Williams

How old is Venus Williams? 35, that's how old, but you wouldn't know it given how well she glides across the court. She has Johanna Konta frustrated as she keeps reaching the limits of the court and keeps Konta working. 

Konta, though, digs in and shows a bit of the fight from yesterday to battle back from 30-0 down to 30-40 up. Break point but a fierce backhand from Williams makes it deuce. 

Konta, though, holds her nerve and takes the next two points. She has broken back.

Williams breaks

Konta 0-2 Williams*

Double fault on Johanna Konta's first serve before she loops a return high and it is easy pickings for Venus Williams, who slaps a forehand beyond Konta's right. Another winner for Venus and she has three break points.

Venus sends a return wide and then a winner for Konta makes it 40-30 to the former world number one, who then closes the net superbly to take the game. 

Konta is in a little bit of trouble early on.

*Konta 0-1 Williams (* denotes next to serve)

Confident start by Johanna Konta, winning the first point with a cross court forehand, before Venus Williams overhits a return to put Konta 30-0 up. 

Venus takes the next point but then Konta gets up to the net to thump a forehand out of Venus' reach. Break point. Can she break Venus here?

Venus gets back to deuce and a bit of tug-of-war ensues but Venus saves four break points and Konta hits a return wide to hand the first game to her opponent.

OK then. Here we go. Can Johanna Konta create another upset?

Venus Williams to serve first.

There's some pretty funky electric guitar action going on that, with the roof closed at the stadium, is making the whole arena sound like a montage sequence from Top Gun. Not packed out by any means, with a fair few empty seats in the upper tiers.

Both players enter the arena, mists of dry ice swirling around them as they do. 

Johanna Konta certainly looks calm as the two go through their warm-ups, flashing Venus Williams a little smile as they knock the ball to each other.

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Johanna Konta and Venus Williams are due on centre court in Wuhan any moment now.

Will the nerves be getting to Konta, doubtful given the way she handled yesterday's last-16 match.

Her win against Simona Halep - where she came back from 5-1 down in the final set to win - was really quite something.

She is also the first British woman to beat a top two player since Sue Barker saw off world number two Tracy Austin in 1981, long before Konta was even born.

She has already claimed the biggest scalp of her career in Halep but beating one of the greats of tennis in Venus Williams would surely top that?

'GB's new number one is fulfilling a dream'

Piers Newbery

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"Konta has been a study in serenity over recent months, calmly seeing off the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka, Andrea Petkovic and now Halep, among others.

"It is a far cry from the player who, until her run to the US Open fourth round earlier this month, had only won one match in the main draw of a Grand Slam.

"The improvement has come since the Lawn Tennis Association cut her funding last year, prompting Konta to relocate her training base to northern Spain under the guidance of coaches Esteban Carril and Jose-Manuel Garcia."

Read more from Piers in his BBC Sport feature on Konta.

Konta v Williams

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Fresh from her shock defeat of world number two Simona Halep at the Wuhan Open in China, Britain's Johanna Konta is back in action today and about to realise a childhood dream.

The 24-year-old is up against former world number one Venus Williams in a battle for a place in the semi-finals.

"I grew up watching her play," said Konta. "But as a competitor, I'm just really looking forward to the challenge. She's a multi Grand Slam champion for a reason."

A big day for Konta.