Venus Williams Is Making a Run at the Wimbledon Title

by Leon Thompson July 13, 2017, 0:18
Venus Williams Is Making a Run at the Wimbledon Title

Ostapenko wiped out a break for 3-3, only to see Williams ramp up the pressure to break for 6-5, holding out to love for her 86th singles victory at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams, whose lukewarm Wimbledons earlier this decade suggested a fade, persisted with obliterating that notion on Monday.

The five-time victor has been sailing under the radar and in her last three matches wiped the eyes of players just older than half her age, ending the stunning unbeaten run of Jelena Ostapenko to become the oldest women's semi-finalist here since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

Konta, whose parents decided the family should move to Europe to accelerate her tennis career, said she had been dreaming big since she was nine years old. There's no other explanation. You have to get better if you want to stay relevent. That's what I'm doing.

"I could hear [it], it was pretty clear because we all speak Spanish", said the Russian.

"It was for sure the best match for a long time for me", Kerber said in defeat. It's a attractive game. "It's been so good to me".

The five-time Wimbledon champion will face the victor of a match between Simona Halep and Johanna Konta. "I don't think it's appropriate". Venus has also become the oldest player to reach the quarters of a Major since 1994. The first of her trophies at the grass-court tournament came in 2000.

She hit wide then netted two crucial times to gift Venus an essential break to 6-5.

"She went for a lot of shots", Williams said of Ostapenko. But, yeah, she was serving really well. "You know, there are some bad times in her game, as well".

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I knew she was not going to give much away for free so I definitely had to be the one to create my own chances.

She will next play the victor between two higher-ranked women who were born in 1991, so both of them are more than a decade younger than Williams.

"The first one was 20 years ago? Ever", Williams said, then repeated that final word for emphasis. So far these two players have played only one match. "She won lots of matches".

After a scrappy opening set, the 37-year-old Williams began finding her range on ground strokes, keeping her younger opponent pegged at the back of the court.

Venus Williams' last three opponents at Wimbledon have been aged 20 or under and one by one she has vanquished them, proving at 37 that Grand Slam tennis is not exclusively the preserve of the Love Island generation. "That's all I felt like".

The 14th-seeded Muguruza, who won the French Open previous year but lost in the second round at Wimbledon, saved all three break points she faced and did a good job of defending, focused more on keeping the ball in the court than going for winners.

And make no mistake: Ostapenko, who was ranked 47 when she arrived at Roland Garros and is now No13, also has her sights on the top five.

Top-ranked Andy Murray, the defending champion, beat Benoit Paire, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4, on Centre Court. She missed the second half of last season after wrist and knee operations, and her ranking fell out of the top 400.

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


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