Konta, Williams the elder, of NY and Rybarikova - polufinalistov Wimbledon

A delighted Garbine Muguruza

In resurgence, however, Williams, elevated again to the top 10, made it to the Australian Open final in January, losing to her sibling, who was already with child but didn't know it.

In her third participation at Wimbledon Ostapenko, 20, defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, seeded No.4, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Johanna Konta gave Great Britain a first women's singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon since the 1970s on a damp Tuesday.

Venus Williams can feel sister Serena fighting alongside her as she tries to keep the Wimbledon title in the family.

She made it that far at Wimbledon previous year, too, before losing, and got to the final at the Australian Open in January, when she was beaten by her younger sister, Serena.

"I had a really tough time", Rybarikova said, "and right now, I'm here, and everything paid off".

She has beaten Simona Halep three times in four meetings, though Halep got the last one on Rome's clay.

"They're definitely here with me", said Venus after a 6-3 7-5 win over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals. Put another way, that would have been mere weeks before the birth of Jelena Ostapenko, Williams' two-set victim in yesterday's quarters. The contest was held over after the marathon battle between Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller finished late on Monday.

Muguruza moved one step closer to winning her second grand slam title by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova.

But Ostapenko, 20, was the youngest player left in the tournament and Venus has scythed through the draw by dispatching a series of opponents nearly half her age, many of whom idolised the her when they were growing up. She will next play either Coco Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova, who were locked mid-match when rain stopped play.

Both Centre Court (nearly 15,000 seats) and No. 1 Court (more than 11,000) had two men's matches and one women's match.

"I feel quite capable, to be honest, and powerful", she said.

Williams' press conference following her first-round win had to be stopped temporarily when she wept fielding questions about the vehicle accident. "I'd just started playing on the main tour and we ended up winning". However, the 20-year-old Latvian won the girls' title at the All England Club in 2014. "Honestly, they were just cheering for me". If she loses in the semifinals, she'll make $706,000.

Williams duly broke for 6-5 and had no issues serving out the affair to record an 86th win at Wimbledon - the same as Serena. "I don't think it's appropriate, but OK, I was focused on my game". "It's been so good to me", Venus, who has improved with every outing here, said.

The 14th-seeded Muguruza, who won the French Open a year ago but lost in the second round at Wimbledon, saved all three break points she faced and did a good job of defending, focused more on keeping the ball in the court than going for winners. "I was really happy to come out on top".



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