Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Venus Williams v Jelena Ostapenko: Wimbledon quarter-final

Rybarikova, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semifinalist since 2008, got past 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the US 6-3, 6-3 in a match suspended at 2-all in the second set because of showers and moved from Court No. 1 to Centre Court so it could be finished indoors.

She became the oldest player to reach the Wimbledon women's singles semi-final since 1994.

Ostapenko lost her serve at the very first opportunity for Williams to go 2-0 up in the first set and from then on it was procession to the finishing line in 1hr and 13mins.

Venus won her first Wimbledon title in 2001 with her sister Serena Williams in Women's Doubles.

"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off". On Monday, Caroline Garcia said she did not see her father and coach signaling to her during her fourth-round loss to Johanna Konta.

With a 6-3, 6-2 win over the 19-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh in the fourth round, Williams has followed upon her 2016 semifinal at age 36 with a 2017 quarterfinal at age 37.

Ostapenko was leading 5-2 in the second round, but she has been the victim of a breach, and caused the tie-breaker. That match saw Nadal, the French Open victor for the men, eliminated in five sets. Ostapenko, perhaps with a few more nerves than she had anticipated, did not get a single break point, and the set was done and dusted, 6-3, in under half an hour.

In the last five matches of Jelena Ostapenko, she has won four matches and lost one match against Konta J in Eastbourne. Ranked number 304 in the world at the time, she was the lowest-ever-ranked player to beat two Top 10 players in the same event (it has since been bettered by Kim Clijsters in 2009).

"They discuss the schedule before the matches, and I know it's always not so easy".

"I knew Simona was not going to give me much for free".

"She says, 'I love my job!' and she means it".

Styles make matches. In both semi-finals, there is that. Her 2015 semifinal, she added, "seems far away from that". Vandeweghe had also accessed the quarter-finals at the All England Club two years ago, but she had lowered the flag in front of the Russian Maria Sharapova.

In their first meeting, Williams set the tone against Ostapenko by breaking the Latvian in her first service game. She delivered eight aces, perhaps none more important than when she trailed 4-5, 15-30 in the second set.

"I definitely felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve out there". Now the American faces Ostapenko, who turned 20 last month and was born after Williams made her Grand Slam debut at the 1997 French Open. "I don't think it's appropriate, but OK, I was focused on my game".

Williams duly broke for 6-5 and had no issues serving out the affair to record an 86th win at Wimbledon - the same as Serena. "I was really happy to come out on top".

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