Muguruza enters her second Wimbledon semis after win over Kuznetsova
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:18
The second Monday at Wimbledon is, arguably, the busiest day in tennis. In this land of hopes and dreams.
Venus Williams crowned her 100th Wimbledon match with a comfortable victory over Jelena Ostapenko to move into yet another grand slam semi-final. Konta played one of the best matches of Wimbledon 2017 against Simona Halep to make the last four.
"For me, it was clear that when I made a decision to have a family, tennis was in the past." . "Haven't seen her (Ostapenko) play a lot". "But I'm still managing to play, which is the most important thing". It means a lot to be back in the semis.
When invited to comment on how it felt for that match to be denied a bigger stage, and how it reflected the tournament's attitude to the women's game, Muguruza said: " I think they decided who is more convenient. She kept herself, you know, really in the game with her attitude. Muguruza, though, showed very rarely to consider it as her best option.
Just as she had in the French Open final, Halep controlled the contest - only to subside as victory beckoned. Konta, before the start of the tournament won at Wimbledon just one win, reached the semi-finals and made application for a debut entry into the top 5 of the WTA rankings.
But she let five opportunities to close out the match pass her by before being broken twice to allow her Ukrainian opponent to serve for the second set.
Garbine Muguruza will play Magdalena Rybarikova in the other semi-final. She is aiming to win her first title at the All England Club since 2008.
Meanwhile Garbine Muguruza, the 14th seeded Spaniard, knocked out battling veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-4 in another quarterfinal clash.
Williams has now reached two grand slam semifinals in a season for the first time since 2007, having finished runner-up to younger sister Serena - who is pregnant and due to give birth next month - at the Australian Open in January.
But Vandeweghe did burnish Ugly American bona fides in a temperamental confrontation with the chair umpire over a line call: "Have you ever played tennis?"
"When it goes in, there's really not much you can do". This is Wimbledon. I was very focussed and here I am.
Williams won the first three games and held onto her advantage to claim the opening set before moving 3-1 ahead in the second.
Gradually Ostapenko clicked into gear. The Latvian flew her forehand wide at 40-15 to bring up two set points. "She was serving well".
She suddenly crumbled to concede the break to love in the nest game but her fighting spirit survived.
Venus once again breezes to take a 3-1 lead. They both hit the balll cleanly, with a little more powerfrom Ostapenko who lacked smartness and experience.
They stayed on level terms through to the sharp end of the set, and what looked like a tie-break finish, but all at once, Williams stepped up the pace, broke, and in the blink of an eye, had served out the match, 7-5. It sounded like a capitulation. Venus battling to save her serve.