Ostapenko advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

Jelena Ostapenko

Only two men have had longer such runs: Roger Federer won 36 Grand Slam sets in a row in 2006-07, and John McEnroe had a 35-set run in 1984.

Williams becomes the oldest player since 37-year-old Martina Navratilova in 1994 to reach the quarterfinals.

Williams' win sets up a quarterfinal match against Ostapenko who is just a year older than Konjuh. Ostapenko, perhaps with a few more nerves than she had anticipated, did not get a single break point, and the set was done and dusted, 6-3, in under half an hour.

Still, things were not looking good when Nadal served while down 5-4 in the fifth set.

She also said that the tournament this year may be wide open with Serena being absent from the Grand Slam, but for her it is always about her own play. But, yeah, she was serving really well.

The reasons for tennis's increasingly older champions have been summed up well by Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim: The game is more physically demanding now, so older and more physically mature players are doing better.

"She went for a lot of shots". Police said Friday that video showed Williams legally entered the intersection and now no blame has been determined in the accident.

"I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play today". "I think I didn't start the match very well".

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At Wimbledon, Ostapenko is into the quarterfinals for the first time.

This is Venus' 100th match at Wimbledon and she is playing like a woman on a mission. "I would say that's the biggest difference in the game - and of course, I've matured, learned a lot about the game since that time".

The veteran slammed eight aces past Ostapenko - the Latvian who was born the month Williams debuted at Wimbledon in 1997. "That's all I felt like".

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. Her other wins have come against Elise Mertens, Naomi Osaka and the outrageously talented Ana Konjuh.

Coco Vandeweghe, coached here by 1987 men's champion Pat Cash, marched on with an impressive 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki. Her 2015 semifinal, she added, "seems far away from that".

"I'm sure that the women, we would want more matches on Centre or Court Number One over the whole fortnight". Rybarikova lost in the first round at Wimbledon every year from 2008 to 2014. She missed the second half of last season after wrist and knee operations, and her ranking fell out of the top 400.

Asked if it indicated a lack of respect towards the leading women, and was important to speak out about, Kerber said: " Maybe I will talk to them.



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