Ostapenko into first Wimbledon quarterfinal

Ostapenko into first Wimbledon quarterfinal

Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist for 23 years as the five-time champion brushed aside French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday.

Venus Williams is ready to roll back the years as the American star eyes a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals, while British contender Johanna Konta faces a grudge match against Simona Halep on Tuesday.

The American returned to the top 10 previous year and then reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 when she lost to sister Serena at the Australian Open final in January.

The five-time champion, who turned 37 last month, tamed the big-hitting Latvian with a rock-solid performance under the Centre Court roof, winning with something to spare. Halep made it to the finals of the French Open, but fell short of her first Grand Slam win when she lost to the unseeded Ostapenko.

With pregnant younger sister Serena skipping Wimbledon, Venus has been in the headlines on and off the court.

"I like to play with a lot of people watching me, with a crowd".

Instead, it was Muller who was able to enjoy a win that seemed to be slipping away.

In fact, Washington Post called Venus "ageless", hinting that she is now playing her best tennis, and that the young players must fire up their guns to make it past her.

"I wouldn't say it's favouritism".

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It's against that backdrop that Williams finds herself just two wins from claiming an eighth grand slam title and first since collecting her fifth Wimbledon crown nine years ago.

Novak Djokovic finally completed the men's quarter final line-up at Wimbledon. Just when the young Croatian, 19, needed to up her game, she began losing the range with her powerful groundstrokes.

Catch all the live action of the Wimbledon 2017 quarter final clash between Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko through our live blog.

"I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her", Konta said about Williams.

Ostapenko lost her serve at the very first opportunity for Williams to go 2-0 up in the first set and from then on it was procession to the finishing line in 1hr and 13mins. "Winning never gets old at any stage in your career", Venus, who wears her hair like a crown, as if to underline her position as the sport's royalty, said. After wrong-footing Venus at 30-40, however, she sent her forehand long then a big serve from Venus and another error from Ostapenko put an end to the second game.

Amusing how time works. I mean, it's not fun.

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).

In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova will face Muguruza.