Muguruza powers into Wimbledon semi-finals

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13 July, 2017

Williams will next face the French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko, in the quarter-finals.

Konta, who defected from Australia five years ago, is the first British woman to reach the last four at Wimbeldon since Virginia Wade in 1978 after a 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 win over Halep.

"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off".

Awaiting her in the next round will be either Johanna Konta or Simona Halep but Williams looks as if she's the one to stop as she looks to keep the trophy in the family.

Muguruza, seeded 14th, saved a tricky break point on her second service game - the only one she faced all match - but roared back to break to love en route to taking the first set.

The men's quarterfinals Wednesday: Djokovic against Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer against Milos Raonic, defending champion Andy Murray against Sam Querrey, and Marin Cilic against Gilles Muller, who stunned Rafael Nadal in a marathon that ended 15-13 in the fifth set Monday.

Over on No. 1 Court, Konta won 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 against No. 21 Caroline Garcia of France.

She entered the tournament under a cloud of controversy after the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old man who was involved in a Palm Beach, Fla., vehicle crash with Williams last month.

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Muguruza will now play Rybarikova on Thursday after the Slovak overpowered a wayward Coco Vandeweghe in a match which was switched to Centre Court after rain halted play at 2-2 in the second set. Ultimately, the American maintained composure throughout the match and beat her opponent in two straight sets.

"I love the last day you play, you're still improving".

"I knew she wouldn't give me much for free". Venus made her jittery to make it 40-30 at one point but the Latvian held on to win her first game.

Since winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2016, Muguruza has struggled to return to the top and this is her first Major semifinal since the Roland Garros win.

She has not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2008.

Asked if play should start earlier than 1pm to accommodate more women's matches inside the largest arenas, Williams added: "It would be something worth considering". An opening-serve ace of 111mph was a statement of intent before breaking Ostapenko at the first attempt to wrap up the first set inside half an hour. She just needs to reach the semifinals to secure the No. 1 ranking. "I think my appreciation for them, I guess, gets bigger now".

Williams is working towards her 6th Wimbledon title and now holds a 86-14 winning record at the tournament. Of course I'm disappointed that I lost the match, because I was really playing good. I could not imagine I could play like this, I was very focused. Confidence I'm sure. It's just been such an awesome result for her.


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