Ostapenko and Williams win Wimbledon, but Kerber bows

  • Ostapenko and Williams win Wimbledon, but Kerber bows

Ostapenko and Williams win Wimbledon, but Kerber bows

Ever since then she has played in nine semi-finals at Wimbledon and won five finals. The surface benefits her booming ground strokes, one of the strengths that Coco Vandeweghe of the USA couldn't blunt in yesterday's 6-3, 6-3 defeat.

The other men's last-eight clashes will see defending champion Andy Murray play big serving American Sam Querrey; seventh seed Marin Cilic will play Gilles Muller and 18-time major victor Roger Federer goes up against last year's finalist Canada's Milos Raonic.

Williams, a vocal advocate for Wimbledon's switch in 2007 to equal prize money for the genders, said about the court assignments: "I'm sure that the women. would want more matches on Centre or Court No. 1 over the whole fortnight".

"People mention it to me and it seems like so long ago, I was only 21 at the time", he said.

Simona Halep has been overpowered by in-form, adopted home favourite Johanna Konta.

Ostapenko netted a backhand to be broken again in the third game of the second set, but benefitted from a rare lapse in Williams' concentration to get it back on serve.

Konta, the sixth head of the series, has taken the measure of the French Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on the field # 1.

Muguruza will face Coco Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final. He erased two match points in the riveting fifth set's 10th game, then another two in its 20th game. I love pressure. It's not always easy dealing with the pressure. So I know how she can play. "I think I'm playing pretty solid".

Johanna Konta appeared to have to school a Chelsea Pensioner in the art of a "selfie", after she was cornered for a picture following her quarter-final win. She just needs to reach the semifinals to secure the No. 1 ranking.

Overall, she has won 23 Grand slam singles titles (with 14 doubles titles to go along with them, and an unbeaten record in grand slam doubles finals to boot), one shy of Margaret Court's all-time singles tally. "It's been so good to me", Venus, who has improved with every outing here, said. "I did that and feel fortunate to have taken a few of them".

Williams dominated Wimbledon for nearly a decade between 2000 and 2009, winning five titles and finishing runner-up in another three finals. The 20-year-old Latvian, who won her first tour-level title at Roland Garros last month, beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 on Court 12.

13 seed made a series of unforced errors to concede a break in her very first service game. "I was really happy to come out on top".

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". I was not playing bad, but I was just not playing the way I wanted to play.