“It was such a great atmosphere to be out here playing and doing the best we can, I think we both enjoyed it”, said Williams of her quarter-final with Azarenka. She is 16-3 against Azarenka overall, and 9-0 in Grand Slam matches. “I’m just happy to be here”. It will be the first Grand Slam semifinal for the 21-year-old Muguruza, who reached the quarterfinals at the last two French Opens.
The victor of that match would meet the victor of Garbine Muguruza and Timea Bacsinszky in the semifinals.
Murray, the 2013 champion tackles 36-year-old Ivo Karlovic, the oldest man to make the fourth round at the All England Club since compatriot Niki Pilic in 1976. She’ll have to get past five-time champion Serena Williams in the next round.
Serena Williams is still on track for a true Grand Slam.
She was able to do so at Wimbledon in the 2004 Wimbledon final, becoming a household name as a 17-year-old with her first slam success.
Williams beat Sharapova 6-3 7-6 (7-5) when they met most recently in the Australian Open final in January.
Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion as a 17-year-old, brushed off the accusations, saying did not hear any complaints and did not feel she had done anything different to usual. Keys managed to hit in the majority of her first serves. The grass court wildcard Sabine Lisicki’s erratic style of play is always impossible to predict and unfortunately for the likeable German, this year was a miss. Now the Bulgarian dates Wimbledon’s fourth seed Sharapova, and that axis keeps the relationship between the American and the Russian terse at best.
“It’s been up and down, up and down, and somehow I’m still alive”, Williams said, when she walked off the court.
Let’s check in on Wimbledon and the apparently unstoppable force that is Serena Williams, who continues to steam forward in her quest for the most Grand Slam singles titles.
Williams is now just three matches away from winning her fourth straight major, but her streak was almost ended by Azarenka in the third round at Roland Garros. It was a lead she didn’t give up, saving a break point in the final game of the match as she served out the set 6-3. The Frenchman then slammed his racket into the ground and once more against his chair, breaking the frame. “No matter who is on the other side of the court, that’s Serena’s job – to win”.
Or, as Serena put it: “Three out of eight is pretty good”.
It was an exciting moment for Vandeweghe, but the momentum quickly dissipated as she double-faulted and committed two forehand errors in the following game, giving Sharapova the break and the 4-2 advantage.
Maria Sharapova will face CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarterfinals on Centre Court, while Novak Djokovic will resume his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson on Court 1.
Before Wimbledon, Vandeweghe had not been past the third round of any major.
Agnieszka Radwanska is back in the Wimbledon semifinals for the third time in four years. And then on Tuesday, Serena hung in there, turned around yet another match, right in the middle, against a supremely motivated opponent.
On July 7, 2005, several suicide bombings killed 52 people on the London transport network. “I started with a few errors early on”.
It’s Manic Monday at Wimbledon and matches are about to get underway. The women’s bracket is all over the place at this stage in the tournament with all but two of the top 10 seeds eliminated.
“I’m done with controversy”, Williams said (via the Associated Press).
First, Williams had come back to beat the homecourt darling, Heather Watson, fighting the crowd along with the Brit. She next had beaten her sister, Venus, in heart-wrenching fashion on Centre Court.