It was not her best match, but she came out the victor, which was all that mattered.
This will be the first time these two will play one another.
The 13th-seed beat Madison Keys 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.
The 33-year-old damned Wimbledon’s fourth seed with feint praise to assert her 20-time major champion status, amid a reported feud that runs to 2013 and a fall-out over Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Muguruza will face Bacsinszky for a place in the semifinals. Azarenka is exhausted of nearly winning.
Williams and Azarenka have history, although not in any sinister sense.
Vandeweghe added: “She said she didn’t believe she was doing it during the motion”.
If the rematch of that tense three-setter at the French Open is half as good, fans at Wimbledon should be in for a treat.
– Serena is 6-2 against Venus in Grand Slam finals.
Keys also acknowledged how well the Pole is playing.
Sharapova has not beaten Williams since that year – the clear subtext of Williams’ back-handed compliment about the Australian Open final.
She could also become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four in one year.
The tarps are off and players are back on court at Wimbledon.
The other semifinal is No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland against No. 20 Garbine Muguruza of Spain. – Kyrgios, who went over to embrace a ball boy during his loss.
The world number one rallied from a set down four times to win the French Open, was forced the distance against Watson and prevailed – and once more needed a deciding set to progress.
The unseeded Canadian beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 Monday in the fourth round.
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou – the man to lead Williams to seven out of the last 12 available grand slam titles – was in the Centre Court stands, as was her mother and elder sister Venus. So something had to give and two double-faults in the first game of the match gave the American the earliest possible opportunity to break. The Frenchman then slammed his racket into the ground and once more against his chair, breaking the frame.
Richard Gasquet overcame Australian sensation Nick Kyrgios to reach the last eight after securing a hard-fought 7-5 6-1 6-7 7-6 victory.
Her pursuit of the Grand Slam has been one of the stories of Wimbledon since play began last week, even if Serena has (politely) insisted she won’t talk about it anymore. The Russian won Wimbledon in 2004 but since has only made it past the fourth round once since 2006.
Centre Court, beginning at 8 a.m.
That’s because Sharapova, so passive in the second set, turned it on at the end, claiming the final three games. And why not? She knows that she has to win this and not succumb to another loss just because her opponent is the better player.
“We got to look a little bit past that and say, oh, my God, Serena played 24 aces”.
Three American women are in the quarterfinals.
The media asked Keys and Vandeweghe about the rise of young Americans.
Wimbledon will hold a minute of silence at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the London bombings. You know, I think grass definitely suits me very well as well as hard courts. The lineup includes Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter, Sam Torrance, Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood.
Muguruza is hoping the importance of the match doesn’t get to her.
The craziest day of the two-week tournament at the All England Club has all 16 fourth-round matches on the schedule. Centre Court matches will be broadcast on ESPN, while matches from No. 1 Court will air on ESPN2.