Venus Williams into Wimbledon semis with impressive win over Jelena Ostapenko

Wimbledon 2017 Jelena Ostapenko Simona Halep Mats Wilander All England Club

Venus Williams celebrates her victory at the Wimbledon quarterfinals on July 11. Rybarikova, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semifinalist since 2008, got past 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the USA 6-3, 6-3 in a match suspended at 2-all in the second set because of showers and moved from Court No. 1 to Centre Court so it could be finished indoors.

Sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain fashioned a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 win over No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia of France to end a 33-year drought since Wimbledon had home representation in the last eight of the women's singles.

Venus Williams can feel sister Serena fighting alongside her as she tries to keep the Wimbledon title in the family.

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In the quarterfinals, Rybarikova will face Vandeweghe, while Halep will play Konta.

Venus Williams, who turned 37 last month, needed just over an hour to get past 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 at Wimbledon on Monday. The Latvian has been a cyclone of a player during that run but she vanished, lost in the storm of the Williams serve.

The men traditionally have Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal's five-set loss to Gilles Muller on Monday forced Djokovic's match to be pushed back a day.

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Meanwhile Garbine Muguruza, the 14th seeded Spaniard, knocked out battling veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-4 in another quarterfinal clash. Spain's No. 15-ranked Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion and 2015 Wimbledon finalist, overcame a No. 1 player presumed shaky through this fortnight. Ranked number 304 in the world at the time, she was the lowest-ever-ranked player to beat two Top 10 players in the same event (it has since been bettered by Kim Clijsters in 2009). I love pressure. It's not always easy dealing with the pressure. "But, you know, I'm sure that the women, we would want more matches on Centre or Court No. 1 over the whole fortnight", Venus said. "It's her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time". Soon enough, she won her maiden slam two years later at Flushing Meadows against Martina Hingis. Except they are staggering: five-time Wimbledon champion, competing at SW19 for the 20th time, one win away from her ninth final here, in pursuit of her eighth Grand Slam title - which would be her first since 2008 - and nailing her 100th singles match in the engagement with Ostapenko.

"I think I'm playing better match by match, as the Internationaux de France, has entrusted Ostapenko". I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play. "Honestly, they were just cheering for me". Venus Williams cruises to a victory in the opening set as she wins it 6-3.

"I like to play with a lot of people watching me, with a crowd".

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And though the afternoon seemed over when Williams subsequently broke her opponent to love, Ostapenko did strike back for 3-3, courtesy of a Williams double-fault at break-point. "I was really happy to come out on top".


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