Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams advances to quarterfinals

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in action during her third round match against Italy’s Camila Giorgi

On Centre Court, Williams won all her nine service games, faced only two break points, crackled with 24 winners (to 12 for Konjuh) and made only 13 unforced errors in a performance that was reasonably close to airtight.

But veteran 10th seed Venus appears as likely as anybody to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, and a 6-3 6-2 fourth-round victory over Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh was as impressive as the scoreline indicates. They had come into this match with two wins apiece, but this was their first contest on grass. You're not going to play ideal every round. When she opposes Jelena Ostapenko Tuesday in the quarterfinals, Williams will have played three straight women born in 1997, the year Williams began on the WTA Tour with a second-round showing at the French Open, a first-round showing at Wimbledon and a burst to the final at the U.S. Open.

If Halep loses before the last four, then Czech world number three Pliskova will be the new number one despite losing in the second round.

"I just keep stretching".

Sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain fashioned a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 win over No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia of France to end a 33-year drought since Wimbledon had home representation in the last eight of the women's singles.

Sports reports that the 37-year-old American, seeded 10th, will take on French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the last eight.

"In the first couple of rounds, I wasn't playing my best and I was fighting", she said in an exclusive video interview, "but I feel like every match I'm getting better and better".

In a fourth-round match of unseeds, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia eliminated Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to reach her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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