“I love this game,” Venus Williams told reporters. “That’s why I put in the effort and the time. It’s a beautiful game. It’s been so good to me.”
At 2017 Wimbledon Open, Venus Williams continues to thrive as she eased into a 10th semifinal at the All England Club.
Her serve and athleticism were there for all to see on Tuesday as she beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 under the Centre Court roof in her 100th Wimbledon encounter to end the feisty French Open champion’s 11-match winning streak at grand slams.
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.
Meanwhile, standing in Venus’ way on Thursday is home hope Johanna Konta, who became the first British woman to land in the semifinals at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978 when she outlasted French Open finalist Simona Halep 6-7 (2) 7-6 (5) 6-4 in two hours, 40 minutes.