Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams, Muguruza and Rybarikova reach last four

Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams, Muguruza and Rybarikova reach last four

And now, for the third match in a row, Williams beat a player who was born in 1997 - after she made her Grand Slam debut that year.

French Open victor Ostapenko struggled in her warm-up tournament in Eastbourne but has progressed to the quarter-finals at SW19 without losing a set in her last two matches after fighting for wins against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda in the first two rounds.

In the last of the men's fourth round matches, Novak Djokovic, who was unhappy that his match was pushed back from Monday when there was a possibility it could've gone through on Centre Court, beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

On the WTA Tour coaches are allowed onto court to give advice to their players, but at grand slams it is still prohibited.

She said for a lot of the players she's played it's their first time they've gone deep in the tournament and she banks on her experience in dealing with the pressures. Venus, however, remained in charge returning deeply throughout the set. The tables have turned so quickly.

The second set provide a hint of the fearlessness which has brought Ostapenko among the world's best. Venus is now reeling under the pressure of the young superstar.

On Centre Court, Williams won all her nine service games, faced only two break points, crackled with 24 winners (to 12 for Konjuh) and made only 13 unforced errors in a performance that was reasonably close to airtight.

Venus once again breezes to take a 3-1 lead.

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Henin was full of admiration for Venus, who at 37 is two years her senior. The American in pole position to clinch the match now.

They stayed on level terms through to the sharp end of the set, and what looked like a tie-break finish, but all at once, Williams stepped up the pace, broke, and in the blink of an eye, had served out the match, 7-5.

The American's trusty first serve, still as formidable as it was 20 years ago, effectively put paid to Ostapenko's challenge. And although the world number 13 saved one set point with a victor into empty court, Williams promptly held to wrap up the opener in 31 brisk minutes.

He dropped the first two sets, then won the next two. Venus Williams cruises to a victory in the opening set as she wins it 6-3. But the phlegmatic former champion eased away again.

Favourite tournament. Favourite surface, she will move Muguruza from the baseline, make her run in and out. Venus has also become the oldest player to reach the quarters of a Major since 1994. "But she keeps getting back in the ring - and she seems to be doing pretty well".

"I played with the right determination, right passion, right attitude", Nadal said, "to win the match".

But now, Karolina Pliskova, who was ousted from Wimbledon in the second round, will be the new world number one in the women's singles rankings which will be released next week.

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