Wimbledon: Ostapenko keen to outmatch Williams

Wimbledon: Ostapenko keen to outmatch Williams

Wimbledon: Ostapenko keen to outmatch Williams

Rybarikova, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semifinalist since 2008, got past 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the US 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.

Williams will now face Johanna Konta who defeated Simona Halep to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals in 39 years.

"In the first couple of rounds, I wasn't playing my best and I was fighting, but I feel like every match, I'm getting better and better", Ostapenko, a junior Wimbledon champion in 2014, told the WTA website.

Serena Williams is pregnant and not playing in Wimbledon this year, which gives another woman a chance to win a coveted Grand Slam title. That's why I put in the effort and the time.

The second-seeded Halep advanced with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

On Centre Court, Williams won all her nine service games, faced only two break points, crackled with 24 winners (to 12 for Konjuh) and made only 13 unforced errors in a performance that was reasonably close to airtight.

Muguruza is the No. 14 seed and will take on No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday.

In the last five matches of Jelena Ostapenko, she has won four matches and lost one match against Konta J in Eastbourne. The American was once again in trouble when she was down 4-5 and was serving to save the set.

"I love the last day you play, you're still improving". "Because of that I had more pressure to keep serve. It's a lovely game, and it's been really good to me", she added.

Unseeded Rybarikova was ranked outside of the top 400 in the world as recently as March after knee and wrist injuries and was appearing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final. The veteran, a crowd favourite, started strongly against Ostapenko, who had trouble stringing it together on her first time on Centre Court.

Venus Williams is eyeing a remarkable sixth Wimbledon title after moving through to her 10th semi final at the All England Club.

"When you are in the fifth, against a player like him, (the outcome) just depends on a few balls", Nadal said. She delivered eight aces, perhaps none more important than when she trailed 4-5, 15-30 in the second set. "Honestly, they were just cheering for me". An opening-serve ace of 111mph was a statement of intent before breaking Ostapenko at the first attempt to wrap up the first set inside half an hour. "It's working out for me just in time, just for these later rounds".

"I'm very curious, I can't wait to see that".

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2016, Muguruza has struggled to return to the top and this is her first Major semifinal since the Roland Garros win.

"I really can not believe it".

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