Experience triumphed over youth on Centre Court as Venus downed Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-3 6-2 in a fourth-round battle of the baseliners. Her own service did far more of the talking. I would like to play, you know, in straight sets every round.
Murray, along with Roger Federer, was on Centre Court for his match against France’s Benoit Paire on Monday and the world number one agreed the schedule should be more balanced.
As one might expect, though, the seven-time Grand Slam champion is ready to think on her feet.
“I didn’t know. I was not on Henman Hill, I was on Court 1 playing”, Konta said after being told of what had happened. “It wasn’t as easy maybe as it looks like”.
Williams last won Wimbledon nine years ago and has endured personal issues having been involved in a fatal auto crash back home in the USA last month. I wasn’t playing my best.
“I think I stretch a little harder now-but only because I enjoy it”. The seventh-seeded Croat beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.
It is the biggest day of the tennis season. Venus has also become the oldest player to reach the quarters of a Major since 1994. He will next face Canada’s Milos Raonic. His next opponent Sam Querrey just came out of an arduous five-setter so it’s unlikely to be a long game.
Play has started on the outside show courts at Wimbledon. “I fought until the end, and those few points that she made the victor (from) like unbelievable angles, you know, there was not much I could do”, the 22-year-old said.
The American returned to the top 10 past year and then reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 when she lost to sister Serena at the Australian Open final in January.
Williams plays surprise French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko for a spot in the semifinals. She has the guts to make it to the final but is not the most consistent player in the draw, her games are littered with unforced errors.
Williams gained the upper hand in the second set, too, but a double fault allowed Ostapenko to level at 3-3.
Konta was reduced to tears by what she felt were threats and intimidation from the Romanian fans in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea.
Venus Williams is eyeing a remarkable sixth Wimbledon title after moving through to her 10th semi final at the All England Club.
It was the first signs all was not working in the Ostapenko game. However, she won the girls’ title at the All England Club in 2014. “So I hope I can keep it up”. And he’d only reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal once before, at the 2008 U.S. Open.
On Monday, Kerber’s fourth round match was held on Court No. 2 against former Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza and the match turned out to be a thriller.
Muguruza and Kuznetsova will meet in the next round.
Coco Vandeweghe, coached here by 1987 men’s champion Pat Cash, marched on with an impressive 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki. The covered court, stilling the air and encouraging ever forceful play, certainly helped.