Ostapenko advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

Ostapenko advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

The 37-year-old Venus is set to play against another rival nearly half of her age, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

The second Monday at Wimbledon is the busiest in tennis, with all 16 fourth-round matches played on the same day in a schedule that will produce all eight female and all eight male quarterfinalists.

To get to what would be her ninth final at the All England Club, the 10th-seeded Williams will need to win Thursday against No. 6 Johanna Konta, the first British woman in the Wimbledon semifinals since Virginia Wade was the runner-up in 1978. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza who are set to play each other in the quarter-finals are actually also both grand slam competition winners.

With a wave and quick pirouette to a Centre Court audience just beginning to amass for the usual tripleheader, Williams headed toward an odd Wimbledon wrinkle.

1 Venus Williams expressed that she would want to see more women players play on Centre Court or Court No. 1 at the Wimbledon.

Williams, who won his last title in career at the All England Club in 2008, has reached the quarter-finals by inflicting a defeat of 6-3, 6-2 to a player of 19 years old Ana Konjuh, Monday. Williams comfortably won all her first-set service games without even a single deuce of drama, and her second-game break of Ostapenko left her out ahead from the get-go.

Williams simply cranked things up a notch, broke the now completely bowed Ostapenko one more time, then served out comfortably.

Ostapenko, with her power game will be her toughest opponent yet and we can expect to see a lot of short points played throughout the match. Ostapenko had one ace and 20 winners. Starting the year outside the top 50, she struggled during the Australian summer, but has had no such problems since.

She eventually blasted her way into the quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-3 7-6 (6) victory on Monday in which she struck a remarkable 42 winners and made 39 unforced errors.

Rybarikova, from Slovakia and ranked No. 87, had not advanced past the third round in any of her previous 35 appearances in the main draw at a Grand Slam. But Muguruza is moving quickly just as her Russian rival is. The 24th-seeded American defeated Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (11), 6-3. Williams has played very well thus far in Wimbledon, despite many concerns off the court and outside the sport. "When I came here, I was telling myself, I was practicing good after Paris". I mean, it's not fun. She lost in two sets, 6-4, 6-4, but was happy for her pregnant younger sister to take the title.

Key moment: Radwanska hit a straight-forward looking baseline cross-court forehand wide on break point at 3-3 in the second set.

Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, beat Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the fourth round on No. 2 Court.



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