a lot of exciting things i can still get better at. well, we always felt this was an open women's tournament, there was an opportunity. an opportunity, it turns out, for her sister. last week, venus was in tears, talking about the car accident back home. now, she's in anotherfinal, at 37, at the place she loves. i thought the crowd was very nice to me, actually. they could have really been even more boisterous. i thought the crowd was so fair, and i know that they love jo and she gave it her all today. it's a lot of pressure. i thought she handled it well, and i think my experience just helped a lot. dealing with this disappointment isjo konta's next challenge. she's ranked high enough to expect titles, but the future offers no guarantees of more opportunities like this one. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. newsnight is coming up on bbc two. tonight, the government tells us
that in the wake of the grenfell disaster, it except that building regulations are not up to the job and will be fully reviewed. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday, with me, will perry. the headlines tonight. the wimbledon dream is over for britain's johanna konta, as venus williams shows her class in the semi—finals. i had very few chances to get a good foothold in the match. when i did have those chances, she did very well to ta ke have those chances, she did very well to take them away from me. williams will play the spaniard garbine muguruza in saturday's final, after her victory over magdalena rybarikova. 15 years on from his wonder goal on debut for everton, wayne rooney's second—debut strike looks pretty similar.
also coming up. chris froome loses the yellow jersey in the tour de france for the first time, as he struggles on the final climb in today's 12th stage. we start with the disappointing news from wimbledon thatjohanna konta's journey at this year's championships is over after losing her semi—final against venus williams. konta was hoping to become the first british woman to reach a wimbledon final for the first time in a0 yea rs. all smiles forjohanna konta, relaxed. hard to believe she was about to play the biggest match of her life. still, the atmosphere on the training ground is rather different from that of centre court. met with a growing tide of hope and the glare of expectation, but also by venus williams, one of the best the modern game has seen.
that is a pressure she is learning to thrive. matching the five—times champion game for game. but as so many opponents have found in the past, when williams is playing like this, one can only stay with herfor so long. the oldest semifinalist for nearly a quarter of a century, still with a power that can keep her above the rest. the break did eventually come, and with it the first set for williams, met with a moment of silence on court. for the british number one, it would be a long way back from here, konta would need all that support and encouragement. there was plenty to cheer, but now her brilliance only coming in flashes, that is all williams would allow. when faced with serves like this, it was all konta could do to just get out of the way. even for the most optimistic, hope getting hard to find. a flawless display by williams, and very few can live with that. konta couldn't.
there it is this time. the arms aloft. it is venus williams who is back in the wimbledon final after so many years. so, wimbledon over for the great british hope. her mark left on this tournament, but the smiles now all williams. overall the credit has to go to the way she was able to play today. i i did not do too much wrong, she just dictated the match from the beginning until the end. i had very few cha nces beginning until the end. i had very few chances to get a good foothold in the match. again, when i did have those chances, she did very well to ta ke those chances, she did very well to take them away from me, so all credit to her. a word on the warmth from the public? they have taken you to their hearts. they were magnificent. the noise and the
general support that i have felt over the last two weeks has been incredibly memorable. i am looking forward to next year! i thought the crowd was very nice to me, actually. you know, they could have been even more boisterous. i thought the crowd was so fair, they lovejo. she gave it her all. she handled it well, my experience helped a lot. venus will play garbine muguruza in saturday's women's final. the spaniard, who lost to serena in the 2015 final, beat magdalena rybarikova 6—1, 6—1 to take her place in a second wimbledon final in three years. there was more british interest for the fans at wimbledon. jamie murray made it through to the mixed—doubles semi—finals with his partner martina hingis. they beat british pair ken skupski and jocelyn rae 6—4, 6—4. through to the other semi—final are heather watson
and her partner henri kontinen. they're the defending champions, and beat rohan bopanna and gabriela dabrowski by two sets to one. there was a shock for the defending champion gordon reid in the men's wheelchair singles. he lost in the first round in straight sets to sweden's stefan olsson, the man he beat to win the title last year. a better start for reid's doubles partner alfie hewett. he beat frenchman nicolas peifer two sets to one to earn his first singles win on grass. he'll now face argentina's gustavo fernandez in the semi—finals, a repeat of the french open final, which hewett won. away from wimbledon chris froome has lost the leader's yellow jersey for the first time at the tour de france. the team sky rider was unable to sustain the pace on the final climb in peyragudes. and it's now italy's fabio aru who leads the way after today's 12th stage.
today was all about declines, and navigating them safely. the journey treacherous, over 200 kilometres five climbs, and one yellowjersey to protect. chris froome is nestled in tightly by his team—mates, their task was to get him to the end. any help on the climbs greatly appreciated. not that steve cummings needed any, he led out on his own. the leaders were trying to keep out of trouble and selig. fabio aru and chris froome of the road but not out of the stage, which would end with another climb. with the road getting steeper, chris froome is getting weaker. roman bar they made his move and left the yellow jersey weaker. roman bar they made his move and left the yellowjersey behind. aru could just about keep pace but chris froome was nowhere to be seen, and wishing 20 seconds behind his lead —— behind. his lead wiped out.
the gap is now six seconds, the race is on. manchester city are close to a £50 million dealfor tottenham defender kyle walker. the england international is expected to have a medical and complete that move tomorrow. walker, who joined tottenham from sheffield united in 2009, won'tjoin up with spurs for the start of their pre—season training on friday. instead, he'll be with city on monday to start their tour of the usa. wayne rooney scored on his return to action for everton in a friendly in tanzania. england's record scorer re—joined the club he left in 2004 on a free transfer from manchester united last week. not too dissimilar to his 30—yard goal on his everton debut against arsenal, beating david seaman, 15 years ago. mikko ilonen is the overnight leader after the first round of the scottish open after shooting a seven—under—par round of 65. ian poulter, rickie fowler and padraig harrington all made
a good start and are among a group of players two strokes behind. but rory mcllroy bogeyed four holes and is in danger of missing his third cut in four tournaments. the world number four is yet to win a competition this year. warrington kept alive their hopes of a place in super league's top eight with victory at rivals wigan warriors. oliver gildart and john bateman crossed over for the home side in the first half, with benjaminjullien and ryan atkins replying for warrington. wigan‘s two—point half—time lead was wiped out when ben currie scored in his first game since september 2016 after recovering from a serious knee injury. two successive stefan ratchford penalty goals secured warrington a vital away win. wigan remain four points behind super league's top four, warrington‘s slim hopes of a top—eight finish are alive with one match to play until the super 8s split. steven finn gave middlesex a victory
by one wicket over surrey at lord's, they were nine down when he hit the winning runs to take his side past the target they had been set. so we made 158—9. elsewhere victories for essex against somerset and gloucestershire against kent. england have named an unchanged side for the second test against south africa, which starts tomorrow at trent bridge. they won the opening match by 211 runs inside four days, a fantastic start forjoe root in his first match as captain. the most important thing is we carry forward that attitude we took into last week. there were a few key periods which were crucial that we weren't, which previously we might not have. it is exciting to do that. there are areas we might have wanted
to do better, but we are not the finished article, and we have harder work to do. it is an exciting time for this. we are desperate to get going again on friday. the second test is live on bbc radio 5 live sports extra and the bbc sport website tomorrow from 11am, and you can watch the key moments as they happen. that's all from sportsday with me, will perry. coming up in a moment, the papers. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are michael booker, deputy editor of the daily express, and jack blanchard, political editor at the daily mirror.
tomorrow's front pages. the telegraph reports that britain's economic security is endangered by an over—reliance on taxing the wealthy. the financial times carries a portrait of the chinese dissident liu xiaobo, who died yesterday. the express claims there are new health risks identified with statins. the mirror reports moves to change organ—donor rules so that people would automatically be considered donors unless they opted out. the daily mail says people who suffer suspected heart attacks will have to wait longer for an ambulance to arrive. the times leads with a warning from scottish and welsh politicians that they will block brexit legislation. the sun reports anger from the families of victims of the hyde park bombing on finding out the prime suspect got legal aid while they did not.
so let's begin. stories that look at britain's public finances. firstly, the financial times, the finances would fail stress tests set for banks, one watchdog. these tests were put in after the financial crash, to make sure that they could cope with further shocks. it turns out the economy can't, and it is bad news if you are suffering from austerity fatigue. they say that the government finances would fail the tests, that we can growth rates mean recession is inevitable. and unsustainable path that we are on at the moment, it will cause chaos if there are any problems. it is not great news for the politicians, who are keen for us to start spending.
we are told the conservatives have seen some we are told the conservatives have seen some of the ideas to get the young people on board from the labour party, spend more money, on tuition fees and things like that, from the state, but that will not help, according to this. it is not great news for the politicians, but good news for philip hammond, as he likes austerity. spreadsheet phil! good news might be pushing it. if you are the chancellor, it is a long and terrifying report by the obr, it is about 300 pages, and anybody who has read the whole thing will be broken! i have read the main bits. notjust broken! i have read the main bits. not just the executive broken! i have read the main bits. notjust the executive summary?” could not possibly comment! but it is not good news for anybody. the other important thing is that we are not ina other important thing is that we are not in a position to deal with anything going slightly wrong, and there is something going on at the moment called brexit, which may add