Venus Williams reaches her 10th Wimbledon semifinal
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:14
But with Serena Williams not playing the 2017 Wimbledon (due to her pregnancy), this is a good chance to take a look at the rest of the playing field.
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.
Venus Williams can feel sister Serena fighting alongside her as she tries to keep the Wimbledon title in the family.
It's against that backdrop that Williams finds herself just two wins from claiming an eighth grand slam title and first since collecting her fifth Wimbledon crown nine years ago. That's why I put in the effort and the time.
Simona Halep has been overpowered by in-form, adopted home favourite Johanna Konta.
Garbine Muguruza powered into her second Wimbledon semi-final in the last three years with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday.
American Coco Vandeweghe may be only the 24th seed but she has been strongly fancied to do well this fortnight since day one, with her attacking game perfectly suited to the grass. That match saw Nadal, the French Open victor for the men, eliminated in five sets.
Tuesday's match was suspended by showers at 2-all in the second set, after Rybarikova took the opener 6-3, and was moved Court No. 1 to Centre Court so it could be finished indoors.
Ostapenko, who won the French Open, had her months-long dream run come to an end.
Kuznetsova didn't put enough pressure in her return games, she saved a set point with a massive forehand victor but the world number 15, her lowest rank in two years, sealed the set at the second chance.
"I have no regrets and I'm really happy to be off the court, enjoying watching the matches with no pressure." . "But I'm still managing to play, which is the most important thing".
In fact, Washington Post called Venus "ageless", hinting that she is now playing her best tennis, and that the young players must fire up their guns to make it past her. "She won lots of matches".
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. You're not going to play ideal every round.
Venus Williams is eyeing a remarkable sixth Wimbledon title after moving through to her 10th semi final at the All England Club. "They're fighting right alongside 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.
Asked if play should start earlier than 1pm to accommodate more women's matches inside the largest arenas, Williams added: "It would be something worth considering".
"I really can not believe it, " gasped the 87th-ranked Rybarikova, the eighth lowest ranked slam semifinalist in history.