Muguruza races past Kuznetsova into Wimbledon semis

by Steven Clarke July 13, 2017, 0:17

Stay tuned for Wimbledon Women's Singles 2017 Quarter Finals Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko on this website.

Coached here by 1987 men's Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, she marched on with an impressive 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory over fifth seed, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

Five-time Wimbledon victor Williams was handed a Centre Court slot for her tussle with Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh, and British home favourite Johanna Konta played France's Caroline Garcia on Court One. Williams consistent 1117mph first serves were very often beyond Ostapenko, who found the American looming well inside the baseline to seize on her own 75mph second serves.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, who lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final, was handed a Court Two assignment for her clash with last year's runner-up and current world number one Angelique Kerber.

"It was for sure the best match for a long time for me", Kerber said in defeat.

Williams will face Sydney-born Johanna Konta in her semi after she denied Simona Halep the world No.1 ranking.

While Williams was strong on her serves, Ostapenko struggled with her backhand shots.

The men traditionally have Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal's five-set loss to Gilles Muller on Monday forced Djokovic's match to be pushed back a day.

After repeatedly digging himself out of hard situations, Nadal finally succumbed, broken in the last game of a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 loss to Muller on Monday.

Ostapenko was only a few weeks old when Williams, the oldest semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, made her Wimbledon debut 20 years ago. She lost in two sets, 6-4, 6-4, but was happy for her pregnant younger sister to take the title. I'm more competitive. It's a big change.

"I mean, honestly, I didn't think about that", the 13th-seeded Ostapenko said, then quickly added: "But, I mean, yeah, I think I deserve to play on a better court than Court 12, I guess".

The 14th-seeded Muguruza, who won the French Open past year but lost in the second round at Wimbledon, saved all three break points she faced and did a good job of defending, focused more on keeping the ball in the court than going for winners.

Not since Jo Durie in 1984 has Britain had a female representative in the last eight and Konta, hoping to become the first home victor of the Wimbledon women's title since Wade in 1977, has added incentive to go a step further against Halep after their stormy Fed Cup encounter earlier this year. "It seems far away since I last made the final here".

Venus takes a decent lead early on in the first set as she breaks the first service game of Ostapenko.

"When I come to these tournaments, my focus is just me, not necessarily the other 127 women. They're fighting right alongside me". Thanks to her fourth top 20 win of the season, Venus Williams continues her bid to return to the Top 5, for the first time since January 2011 (as high as No.4) with the title.

"I really can not believe it, " gasped the 87th-ranked Rybarikova, the eighth lowest ranked slam semifinalist in history. I didn't start the match very well.

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