Venus Williams becomes oldest Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 23 years
- Author: Rita Burton Jul 11, 2017,
Jul 11, 2017, 0:34
When she opposes Jelena Ostapenko Tuesday in the quarterfinals, Williams will have played three straight women born in 1997, the year Williams began on the WTA Tour with a second-round showing at the French Open, a first-round showing at Wimbledon and a burst to the final at the U.S. Open.
This rang even more true after the No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber was edged out in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) by 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, who set the tone of the match with her attacking style. "Winning never gets old at any stage in your career, ever, ever".
Murray managed, but only just, to collect himself and pull back to level 6-6 in the first and then win the tie-breaker 7-1, aided by a Paire double-fault and sequence of backhands hit either wide or long.
"I think I stretch a little harder now".
The French Open champion, who has shaken up women's tennis with her high-risk game, passed up seven chances to finish off Wimbledon opponent Elina Svitolina, but rather than go into her shell she merely took her high-risk game up a notch.More news: West Indies set target of 184 runs for India
"I know she had an unbelievable moment there".
With Kerber's loss, either Simona Halep of Romania or Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament.
And Halep will banish thoughts about the number one ranking, saying: "I want to win more, not just one match".
Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the last eight for the fourth time, but the first since 2007, with a 6-2 6-4 victory over ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. She is joined in the last eight by her compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe, who beat the No5 seed Caroline Wozniacki.