Venus Williams Is Making a Run at the Wimbledon Title

Jelena Ostapenko

Rybarikova, the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semifinalist since 2008, got past 24th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe of the US 6-3, 6-3 in a match suspended at 2-all in the second set because of showers and moved from Court No. 1 to Centre Court so it could be finished indoors.

Williams, however, knocked the stuffing out of the first Latvian Grand Slam victor with her first serve and then preyed mercilessly on Ostapenko's timid second serve.

This Wimbledon run is proving to be a special one for Williams, who is chasing her first title since winning at the All England Club in 2009.

"It was for sure the best match for a long time for me", Kerber said in defeat.

Johanna Konta: "It's actually more now that I fully understand the weight of what Venus and her sister have given our sport".

In a professional career lasting more than two decades, Williams is closing in on a 50th WTA title and credits her longevity to a love of the game and a desire to constantly improve. That match saw Nadal, the French Open victor for the men, eliminated in five sets.

Meanwhile Garbine Muguruza, the 14th seeded Spaniard, knocked out battling veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation 6-4, 6-4 in another quarterfinal clash.

She had just watched her 37-year-old daughter reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 10th time and, well, the whole thing was just a bit hard to believe.

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.

Kuznetsova didn't put enough pressure in her return games, she saved a set point with a massive forehand victor but the world number 15, her lowest rank in two years, sealed the set at the second chance.

"They discuss the schedule before the matches, and I know it's always not so easy".

"I knew she wouldn't give me much for free". There was a mere resigned shake of her head when Williams eased to three match points and moments later she was gone.

Williams, who last won the Grand Slam grass-court event in 2008, powered through to her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal, hitting seven aces and winning 31 of 36 first-serve points against No. 27 seed Konjuh.

Halep reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2014 and played in the quarterfinals past year.

Justine Henin tipped her old rival Serena Williams to come back after her pregnancy and reign supreme once again - saying what Serena wants, she usually gets. "It's been so good to me", Venus, who has improved with every outing here, said. Good. "And I think I'm quite skilful".

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". Thanks to her fourth top 20 win of the season, Venus Williams continues her bid to return to the Top 5, for the first time since January 2011 (as high as No.4) with the title. Armed with such strong performances, she marched into the top 100 of the year-end rankings of 1997.

"I'm really speechless. I'm so happy and grateful".