Venus Williams, five-time Wimbledon champion, who last won the title at the All England Club in 2008, advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 on Monday, July 10th. She is playing at the grass-court major for the 20th time in her career.
Kerber, in the other hand, reached the Wimbledon final last year but lost to Serena Williams, was beaten by Garbine Muguruza on No. 2 Court, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. With this loss of her, either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova is going to take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament.
Williams is now facing French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. The Latvian, a 20-year-old who won her first tour-level title at Roland Garros last month, has beaten fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Court 12. Ostapenko led 5-3 in the second set, but was broken and forced into a tiebreaker. She finally won by converting her eighth match point.
This year’s French Open was the first time Ostapenko passes the third round at a major tournament before this. She was the first woman to win her debut tour-level title at a Grand Slam tournament since 1979. At Wimbledon, she is in the quarterfinals for the first time, although she won the girls’ title at the All England Club in 2014.
The second Monday at Wimbledon is perhaps the busiest day in tennis. All 16 fourth-round matches at the All England Club are played on the same day, a schedule that will leave only all eight male and all eight female quarterfinalists.
Andy Murray was on Centre Court against Benoit Paire, and Roger Federer will follow. On No. 1 Court, Johanna Konta was up first, followed by Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic is third.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Magdalena Rybarikova also advanced to the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova, the seventh-seeded Russian is a two-time Grand Slam champion, was the first to finish her match on Monday after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4. She is going to play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fourth time. She has never advanced beyond that stage. She will face Muguruza in her attempt to reach semifinals.
Rybarikova, who beated Pliskova in the second round, also won over Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time. The former missed nearly seven months after last year’s Wimbledon because of injuries.
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