Wimbledon women's semifinal: Williams vs Konta, Rybarikova vs Muguruza

Posted July 13, 2017

The TV is more important for the tennis than the players? Just metaphorically speaking, like.

Muguruza will now play Rybarikova on Thursday after the Slovak overpowered a wayward Coco Vandeweghe in a match which was switched to Centre Court after rain halted play at 2-2 in the second set.

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

LONDON-Venus Williams clubs tennis balls.

And Williams ruthlessly seized her opportunity, holding to love to progress to the last-four in ominous fashion.

"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", Konta said about Williams. She has never advanced past that stage. But with Serena Williams not playing the 2017 Wimbledon (due to her pregnancy), this is a good chance to take a look at the rest of the playing field. In that match, Venus Williams won against Jelena Ostapenko. Except they are staggering: five-time Wimbledon champion, competing at SW19 for the 20th time, one win away from her ninth final here, in pursuit of her eighth Grand Slam title - which would be her first since 2008 - and nailing her 100th singles match in the engagement with Ostapenko.

Making her Centre Court debut, Ostapenko was a little more subdued than normal but received a glowing report from the veteran of 75 grand slam campaigns.

Both Centre Court (nearly 15,000 seats) and No. 1 Court (more than 11,000) had two men's matches and one women's match. I was not feeling nervous. Venus played really well and very smart. "For me, myself, I'm happy to be on any court". "Still kept believing. Yeah, somehow in the end, I made it". After all, a seven-time Wimbledon champion who gave a strong showing in 2016 is bound to be an odds-on favourite for this year's trophy. "It is incredible. I am speechless". There is an uneven surface, no grass area basically around the baseline.

He put all his troubles behind him to make a Chelsea pensioner's day, though, as he made his way off court, Djokovic stopping for a selfie...what a nice chap. Then it was too dark and too late.

That's it then Venus Williams thrashes Ostapneko in straight sets to win the match convincingly 6-3, 7-5. It also means the Serb will have less time to recover than the other men's semifinalists. I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play.

"We went to the referee's office before 8 p.m".

Garbine Muguruza beat Kerber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at Court No. 2, with its 4,063 seats, in a matchup between the past two Wimbledon runners-up, a pair of players with a combined three major championships, and the woman atop the WTA rankings (well, until next week). "She played a great match, not a lot of errors".

Another early break in the second piled the pressure on Kuznetsova, the 32-year-old Russian with two Grand Slam titles to her name who was appearing in the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years, and she was rarely able to threaten.