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WIMBLEDON- Women's singles: Legendary Venus, 100 matches, 10 semifinals

WIMBLEDON- Women's singles: Legendary Venus, 100 matches, 10 semifinals

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.

The site of her 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over No. 4 Elina Svitolina has a seating capacity of 1,065, making it only the fifth largest for the event.

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.

"I just always felt like I have to keep trying", said Williams, who repeatedly took advantage of Ostapenko's second serves at around 70 miles per hour.

Both Kerber and Muguruza lost in their Wimbledon finals to Serena Williams, whose absence this year as she awaits the birth of her first child has left the draw unusually open.

She meets the victor of Johanna Konta and Simona Halep in the semis.

Until a year ago, Williams had not progressed beyond the quarters since 2009, but the five-time victor has now managed consecutive appearances in the last four, having beaten her Latvian opponent 6-3 7-5 in 75 minutes on Centre Court.

Ostapenko led by 5-3 in the second set, but was broken and forced into a tiebreaker.

There was plenty Novak Djokovic was unhappy about after his fourth-round match was delayed until Tuesday due to Rafael Nadal's epic match with Gilles Muller.

That would be Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, Spanish-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza and the one, the only, the eternal Venus Williams, all of whom on Tuesday joined British No. 1 Johanna Konta as survivalists into the Wimbledon semifinals. Ultimately, the American maintained composure throughout the match and beat her opponent in two straight sets.

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"They discuss the schedule before the matches, and I know it's always not so easy". I'm more competitive. It's a big change.

"So, whatever age that is, as long as I feel like that, then I know that I can contend for titles every time".

"I think I'm playing better match by match, as the Internationaux de France, has entrusted Ostapenko".

Overall, she has won 23 Grand slam singles titles (with 14 doubles titles to go along with them, and an unbeaten record in grand slam doubles finals to boot), one shy of Margaret Court's all-time singles tally.

"Today when we were warming up, the chair umpire didn't say "Jelena, ' she said 'Alona", Ostapenko said.

"I like to play with a lot of people watching me, with a crowd". She has dropped just one set the entire tournament, and that came way back in the second round.

13 seed made a series of unforced errors to concede a break in her very first service game.

She responded by saying: "They were cheering for me".

"I'm really speechless. I'm so happy and grateful".

Ostapenko turned women's tennis upside down when she rocketed out of the pack to claim her first professional title at the French Open last month and the feisty 20-year-old appeared to be gathering momentum on the All England Club lawns. I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play.


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