Venus sails into semis and climbs into top 10

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.

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

1 Venus Williams expressed that she would want to see more women players play on Centre Court or Court No. 1 at the Wimbledon.

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

With Wade, the 1977 champion, sitting in the Royal Box, Konta prevented Halep from rising to No. 1 by beating her 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4.

The 37-year-old Venus is set to play against another rival nearly half of her age, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

Ostapenko praised her opponent and admitted she found the Williams serve hard to deal with.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns to Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova during their Women's Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

She entered the tournament under a cloud of controversy after the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old man who was involved in a Palm Beach, Fla., auto crash with Williams last month. She will next play either Coco Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova, who were locked mid-match when rain stopped play.

"They were cheering for me, I know. I hope she's going to come back - she can do it, that's for sure, and she's perhaps the only one who could do it", coming back to challenge for Grand Slam titles and the number one spot in her mid-thirties.

Kim Clijsters won her doubles match with Rennae Stubbs, while former men's champion Richard Krajicek was celebrating again alongside Mark Petchey.

Ostapenko turned women's tennis upside down when she rocketed out of the pack to claim her first professional title at the French Open last month and the feisty 20-year-old appeared to be gathering momentum on the All England Club lawns. I didn't start the match very well.

She has not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2008.

The 87th ranked Slovakian is the lowest-ranked Grand Slam semifinalist since Angelique Kerber reached the semifinals of the 2011 US Open when she was No. 92 in the world.

Venus takes a decent lead early on in the first set as she breaks the first service game of Ostapenko.

When invited to comment on how it felt for that match to be denied a bigger stage, and how it reflected the tournament's attitude to the women's game, Muguruza said: " I think they decided who is more convenient. "It's been so good to me", Venus, who has improved with every outing here, said. Venus Williams cruises to a victory in the opening set as she wins it 6-3. Confidence I'm sure. It's just been such an incredible result for her.

"I'm really speechless. I'm so happy and grateful".

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