Venus Williams v Jelena Ostapenko: Wimbledon quarter-final
13 July 2017, 12:16 | Kristine Mills
Ostapenko into first Wimbledon quarterfinal
On July 4th Williams broke down in tears at a Wimbledon press conference when asked about it. Serena Williams has been playing professionally since 1995, and her tennis precocity was there for everyone to see in 1997, when she beat the then World no. 7 Mary Pierce and then the World no. 4 Monica Seles in a (now defunct) WTA tour event in Chicago.
Williams will next face Britain's Johanna Konta, who lost the first set before rallying to beat second-seeded Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday.
Venus Williams added another chapter of achievement to her professional history as she became the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist for 23 years after fending off French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday. I'm a completely different player.
"I knew she wouldn't give me much for free". It's handsome to be at all ages really. In the last five matches, Venus Williams won four matches and lost one match against T Bacsinszky in Roland Garros. "I'm so focused on what I do, I don't care if I played on 13, 1, 5", she said, then acknowledged: "I was expecting another court".
"I love the challenge". It's only yourself who can have the answer for that. I love pressure. It's not always easy dealing with the pressure. It's not something that is stagnant. You have to get better if you want to stay relevent. It got her out of trouble against the hard hitting Latvian a couple of times.
A first-round loser in eight of her previous nine Wimbledon appearances, the world No.87 is the lowest-ranked semi-finalist since 2008. Nobody does. But the British player has a determination and battle hardened mindset.
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In the context of her battle with Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease, and the distraction of an impending lawsuit over her involvement in the death of a 78-year-old in a auto crash, that is all the more impressive.
It seemed, however, that the camera-phone was befuddling its owner, prompting Konta to take charge of the situation and snap the shot herself. Also, older, more successful players can better afford to hire nutritionists and trainers to make them the strongest and fittest. So I know how she can play. "They're fighting right alongside me". Few would bet against her.
In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova will face Muguruza. The surface benefits her booming ground strokes, one of the strengths that Coco Vandeweghe of the US couldn't blunt in yesterday's 6-3, 6-3 defeat.
"My rehabilitation paid off - it's incredible".
Here's what else you might have missed on a rain-affected day in south west London. A big hitting back court game will favour the powerful Spaniard.
Rybarikova missed almost seven months after last year's Wimbledon because of injuries. "I'm happy it worked out", Muguruza said. Good. "I'm trying to approach net". "It's working out for me just in time, just for these later rounds".
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