She has already beaten two teenagers, one 21-year-old and now she sends home a 20-year-old. Venus Williams is schooling her opponents at Wimbledon this year. The American reached her 38th Grand Slam semi-final after beating French Open champions Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 in the quarter-final. She became the oldest player to reach the Wimbledon women’s singles semi-final since 1994.
Ostapenko, who had won in Paris this year, was on a 11-match winning streak but Venus ended that with some solid performance at Centre Court. The five-time Wimbledon champion took only 29 minutes to win the opening set 6-3.
The Lavitain, known for her big-hitting play, did make a tough match in the second set and took it all the way to 5-5 before Venus, who won last Wimbledon in 2008, sealed it 7-5 when Ostapenko send her forehand service return wide.
The second set had more action as Williams struggled before Ostapenko held to love to lead 4-3. The American was once again in trouble when she was down 4-5 and was serving to save the set. Ostapenko returned and that gave Williams the break to tie the set.
The US star, who is looking to reach her ninth Wimbledon final, needs to beat local favourite Jo Konta is the semi-final. Konta played one of the best matches of Wimbledon 2017 against Simona Halep to make the last four. She also become the first women to be in the Wimbledon semifinals since Virginia Wade was the runner-up in 1978.
“I definitely feel that age is not a factor with her,” Konta said about Williams. “She’s just a tremendous champion, and I feel very, very humbled, and I’m very excited to share the court with her again.”
Konta’s thrilling 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 win was seen by Wade from the Royal Box. Konta not only made it to the semis, she also stopped Simona Halep from reaching the number spot in world rankings. The Romanian needed to win the game to dethrone Anlgelique Kerber, who had earlier lost to Garbine Muguruza.
But now, Karolina Pliskova, who was ousted from Wimbledon in the second round, will be the new world number one in the women’s singles rankings which will be released next week. Pliskova has never won a Grand Slam.