Venus Williams' emotional Wimbledon saga continues

Jelena Ostapenko

Jelena Ostapenko

Venus Williams' last three opponents at Wimbledon have been aged 20 or under and one by one she has vanquished them, proving at 37 that Grand Slam tennis is not exclusively the preserve of the Love Island generation.

Williams became the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinal since 1994 with a rock-solid performance on Centre Court.

Kerber will surrender the No 1 ranking on Monday to either Romanian Simona Halep, who must reach the semi-finals, or Karolina Pliskova.

Latvian 13th seed Ostapenko, the 2014 junior Wimbledon champion, squandered seven match points in the second set before eventually seeing off the Ukrainian world number five to make just her second last eight appearance at a major. "It doesn't matter who I face because they're all playing great".

'They're definitely here with me, ' said Venus after a 6-3, 7-5 quarter-final win over Jelena Ostapenko. She is now on track to face Magdalena Rybarikova for a place in her second ever Wimbledon final.

"Obviously I think ideally you would have two men's and two women's on Centre", Murray said.

Kuznetsova didn't put enough pressure in her return games, she saved a set point with a massive forehand victor but the world number 15, her lowest rank in two years, sealed the set at the second chance.

"I love this game".

The 20-year-old's all-or-nothing style of play has already lit up the tournament but she must not allow Venus to throw her off her stride and disrupt her rhythm.

Muguruza rallied past Angelique Kerber, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, and earned a bout with 32-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova, the first entry into the quarterfinals with her 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow veteran Agnieszka Radwanska.

The first set had gone before Ostapenko could steady herself or deal with the ball toss eccentricities which left her stretching behind to strike it. Williams sent down three aces in her the first game of the match and immediately broke.

It was a struggle early on for the French Open champion as she took three sets to go past Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda, but she has since dominated strong opponents Camila Giorgi and fourth seed Elina Svitolina.

"Now she played brilliant game and match". "I mean, I'm sure she hits well off all sides".

Konjuh was not even born when Williams made her Grand Slam debut at the 1997 French Open, and she was two years old when Williams won the first of her five Wimbledon titles.

"I think I play better with every match, also like at the French", Ostapenko said.

That's it then Venus Williams thrashes Ostapneko in straight sets to win the match convincingly 6-3, 7-5.

"Now I'm looking forward to the hard courts - it is the surface that I feel pretty confident on".

Mannarino has never before reached the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

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