Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams sees off Jelena Ostapenko to enter semifinal

Wimbledon 2017 Jelena Ostapenko Simona Halep Mats Wilander All England Club

Venus Williams, 37, who has seen off many a brutal challenge in her 20 visits to Church Road took ownership of the patch of grass she could well call her front lawn.

At one stage the World No. 7 was just two points away from defeat in the second set, but she refused to give in and ultimately surged back to clinch victory in the third set.

But she put all that behind her to finish her match with a clinical display and leave Centre Court smiling and able to watch the next match featuring Britain's Jo Konta and Simona Halep as she plays the victor on Thursday.

Williams, a vocal advocate for Wimbledon's switch in 2007 to equal prize money for the genders, said about the court assignments: "I'm sure that the women. would want more matches on Centre or Court No. 1 over the whole fortnight".

Beaten in January's Australian Open final by pregnant younger sister Serena, Williams has not won a major in nine years. That's why I put in the effort and the time.

Johanna Konta waves to the Centre Court crowd after beating Simona Halep.

Earlier, Garbine Muguruza powered into her second Wimbledon semi-final in the last three years with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Konjuh saved three match points on serve but succumbed in the following game when she hit a backhand long.

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.

The unseeded Rybarikova has been the surprise package of the Championships, upsetting Karolina Pliskova and Coco Vandeweghe on her path to her very first Grand Slam semi-final. That is one thing I do know.

"I feel quite capable, to be honest, and powerful", she added yesterday, refusing to let her age be a barrier.

Johanna Konta appeared to have to school a Chelsea Pensioner in the art of a "selfie", after she was cornered for a picture following her quarter-final win. The 20-year-old Latvian, who won her first tour-level title at Roland Garros last month, beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, 6-3, 7-6 (6), on Court 12.

She and Murray think the All England Club should consider placing four matches — two men's, two women's — at each of the top two arenas on what's called "Manic Monday". If she loses in the semifinals, she'll make $706,000.

"When I come to these tournaments, my focus is just me, not necessarily the other 127 women".

"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off".

"I definitely felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve out there". An opening-serve ace of 111mph was a statement of intent before breaking Ostapenko at the first attempt to wrap up the first set inside half an hour. I really enjoy that.

"I was afraid of how I was going to play here".



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