Venus draws on spirit of Serena in Wimbledon quest

  • Venus draws on spirit of Serena in Wimbledon quest

Venus draws on spirit of Serena in Wimbledon quest

Venus Williams reached her 38th Grand Slam semi-final. The surface benefits her booming ground strokes, one of the strengths that Coco Vandeweghe of the USA couldn't blunt in yesterday's 6-3, 6-3 defeat.

It has been quite a few weeks for the 37-year-old, who faces Johanna Konta in her ninth Wimbledon semi-final.

Ostapenko said she deserved better than to be allocated Court 12 for her clash with Elina Svitolina, a nd Williams agreed with a suggestion that Wimbledon might look to fit extra women's matches onto Centre and Court One in the interest of equality.

In the pregnancy absence of younger sister Serena, a revived Williams is back to where she is so accustomed to being, albeit not for almost a decade - eight years removed from her last final - and two decades since her debut at the All England Club.

"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off".

She meets the victor of Johanna Konta and Simona Halep in the semis.

The last time Williams won Wimbledon was nine years ago in 2008, when she defeated sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Ostapenko was the slight favourite to win with her recent victory in Paris and her growing reputation as a big hitter in the women's game.

The men's quarterfinals Wednesday: Djokovic against Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer against Milos Raonic, defending champion Andy Murray against Sam Querrey, and Marin Cilic against Gilles Muller, who stunned Rafael Nadal in a marathon that ended 15-13 in the fifth set Monday.

Kuznetsova enjoyed strong starts in both sets but failed to capitalise and it was Muguruza's superior serving and movement that proved decisive on Court One. In the other women's semi-final match, Garbine Muguruza will play either CoCo Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova.

"I love the last day you play, you're still improving".

"I'm sure that the women, we would want more matches on Centre or Court Number One over the whole fortnight". "It's her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time". If she wins Wimbledon, she'll make $2.8 million. This is Wimbledon. I was very focussed and here I am. The first of her trophies at the grass-court tournament came in 2000.

She responded by saying: "They were cheering for me".

Venus takes a decent lead early on in the first set as she breaks the first service game of Ostapenko.

Runner-up to Serena Williams in 2015, Muguruza is preparing for her first grand slam semi since reigning at Roland Garros past year.

Making her Centre Court debut, Ostapenko was a little more subdued than normal but received a glowing report from the veteran of 75 grand slam campaigns. I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play. Of course I'm disappointed that I lost the match, because I was really playing good.