Venus Williams in Wimbledon quarters

Venus Williams in Wimbledon quarters

Venus Williams in Wimbledon quarters

The 20-year-old needed eight match points to close out a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Svitolina and next faces five-time champion Venus Williams in the quarter-finals.

Williams is joined in the last four by Garbine Muguruza, Magdalena Rybarikova and Johanna Konta - the latter becoming the first British female to reach the semis since 1978, and denying Simona Halep the world number one ranking.

In the pregnancy absence of younger sister Serena, a revived Williams is back to where she is so accustomed to being, albeit not for almost a decade - eight years removed from her last final - and two decades since her debut at the All England Club. But, yeah, she was serving really well.

Asked if it indicated a lack of respect towards the leading women, and was important to speak out about, Kerber said: " Maybe I will talk to them.

But she had no answer to the American's superior height and more importantly Williams's tournament experience despite being 17 years younger.

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"I don't think about the definition of age", she said. "It's been so good to me".

After a scrappy opening set, Williams began finding her range on groundstrokes, keeping her younger opponent pegged at the back of the court.

The 19-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, born three years after Williams signed up for the professional circuit, was far from overawed, having registered significant victories against those ranked above her earlier.

To get to the final, she will have to get past the unseeded Rybarikova, who clinched the final spot in the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over American CoCo Vandeweghe. The German whose form seemed to have picked up in the last two weeks of competition, failed to take control after winning the first set. "Haven't seen her (Ostapenko) play a lot".

She will next play the victor between two higher-ranked women who were born in 1991, so both of them are more than a decade younger than Williams.

But the Romanian's gut-wrenching 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 loss to Konta instead leaves Czech Karolina Pliskova celebrating her career-first climb to the summit. "Just one can win, and that was not me today". "I just couldn't play my best".

VENUS WILLIAMS can feel sister Serena fighting alongside her as she tries to keep the Wimbledon title in the family.

But the seven-time Grand Slam champion had become a peripheral figure after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an illness that causes fatigue and joint pain, in 2011.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus made the better of three break points, out of nine she was offered, to get rid of her rival, who was playing in the last 16 at the All England Club for the first time, reports Efe.

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