At age 37, Venus Williams is still owning her space on center court of the All England club. At a time it seemed she wouldn’t even reach the second week, after she broke down in tears during an interview in week 1, when asked about the car accident she had involving an elderly man.
Venus grew into the tournament with each set, a mastery which has ultimately landed her a 10th semi finals appearance in Wimbledon, that’s not all, a dominant 6-3, 7-5 victory over French open champion, Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-final means that Williams is the oldest player to reach a Wimbledon semifinal since Martina Navatrilova in 1994.
Ostapenko was riding on an unbelievable 11 match winning run dated from the French Open. Any plans on intimidating Venus with huge returns were not apparent against the vintage Venus, but getting to the second week of Wimbledon is surely more than successful for the youngster.
“I definitely think experience helps, for sure, For a lot of the players I’ve played, it’s their first time in the third round or the quarterfinals. So I have an opportunity to bank on experience in having dealt with those sort of pressures before.” – Venus Williams
There was a prize on the line for Simona Halep going up against Johanna Konta in the quarter finals – win the match and become the new WTA No. 1 by Monday. Perhaps the pressure that comes with the throne is so magnanimous that Halep can’t help it. Losing 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to Konta, who became the 1st British woman to reach the semi finals of Wimbledon since 1977.
In the other matches in the women’s draw, Coco Vandewaghe succumbed to a 6-3, 6-3 to Magdalena Rybarikova and Garbine Muguruza finds her way into another Wimbledon semi final after her breakthrough to the final in 2015, she saw off Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.
Women’s semi final matches are scheduled for Thursday while the Men’s quarterfinal matches will be played on Wednesday.
Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova
Venus Williams vs Johanna Konta