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Fighting Ostapenko eager to enjoy Venus clash

11 July, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Ostapenko makes Wimbledon quarters to keep double dream alive

But it was Venus Williams who was given the pride of place to start proceedings on Centre Court, where she was pitched against an opponent nearly half her age.

Venus Williams, who turned 37 last month, needed just over an hour to get past 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 at Wimbledon on Monday.

Williams, the only remaining former champion left, will now take on the reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals.

Two-time Grand Slam victor Kuznetsova will next play Garbine Muguruza, after the Spaniard's 4-6 6-4 6-4 win over world number one Angelique Kerber. When she opposes Jelena Ostapenko Tuesday in the quarterfinals, Williams will have played three straight women born in 1997, the year Williams began on the WTA Tour with a second-round showing at the French Open, a first-round showing at Wimbledon and a burst to the final at the U.S. Open.

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.

The top ranking on Monday will go to either Romanian Simona Halep, who must reach the semi-finals, or the already-eliminated Karolina Pliskova.

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The 27-year-old Belarusian, playing only her second tournament after giving birth to son Leo in December, saved three match points before Halep triumphed.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, 32, reached her first Wimbledon quarterfinal in 10 years with a 6-2, 6-4 win over ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

If Halep beats Konta in the last eight, she will become world number one.

American Coco Vandeweghe, the 24th seed, has an attacking game perfectly suited to the grass and strode on with an impressive 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory over Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

"No chance. If I didn't do it in the first round, I'm not going to do it now", said the 25-year-old. She's riding on that momentum, confidence, I'm sure.



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