“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...
But the world wants to know what’s happening, and the task of capturing and recording every single drop shot, volley and epic five-set comeback falls to IBM, the official technology partner at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Williams was in danger of a shock quarter-final exit after a slow start on Centre Court on Tuesday, but the five-time Wimbledon champion eventually battered 23rd seed Azarenka into submission in two hours and three minutes with a barrage of 43 winners and 14 aces.
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. He only got as far as the fourth round once before, also in 2009.
Study the images of some of those old days – the aftermath of the 2008 Wimbledon final, for example, which was the last time Venus emerged successful from a Grand Slam meeting with her sister – and you will see the changes time has wrought.
“Even if they’re not cheering for me I just embrace the situation”. So local and likeable and unpretentious that last week he was travelling to practice at SW19 from his London apartment on the tube, just an unrecognizable strap-hanger.