Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams powers past Jelena Ostapenko into semi-finals

Ostapenko has exceeded expectations on the women's circuit this season

Enjoying a career renaissance deep into her 30s, despite dealing with an energy-sapping disease, Williams rode a strong serve that produced eight aces, imposing returns and her court coverage of old to a 6-3, 7-5 victory over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, edging closer to a sixth singles title at the All England Club.

Roger Federer and Milos Raonic played out a classic semi-final 12 months ago, and they meet one round earlier this time.

Williams has talked about feeling "devastated" after her involvement in a vehicle accident that led to the death of a 78-year-old man last month.

She says she doesn't think about her age. I would like to play, you know, in straight sets every round.

Williams won the first three games and held onto her advantage to claim the opening set before moving 3-1 ahead in the second. And he'd only reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal once before, at the 2008 U.S. Open. Angelique Kerber's loss means she'll relinquish the No. 1 ranking. Hence, when the 20-year-old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won the French Open recently (her first slam), it was only exemplifying the recent trends in Women's tennis.

Tuesday's victory also took the Spaniard back into the top 10 after an inconsistent year since her French Open success. The Lativian was broken in the second game of the match when she erred on her backhand.

"She was serving really well".

"It was very tough to break".

Ostapenko lost her serve at the very first opportunity for Williams to go 2-0 up in the first set and from then on it was procession to the finishing line in 1hr and 13mins. I was not feeling nervous. You're not going to play flawless every round.

Britain's new Centre Court hero was coming off court when she was asked to pose for a picture with one of the large group of veterans who were afforded prime seats. Ostapenko needs to get back into the match quickly.

Until you win it the first time you don't know if you can and that doubt can add to you on court.

Spanish Garbie Muguruza passed to the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday after beating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.

"If she plays like she played today", Kuznetsova said, "she has all the chances to win the title".

Muguruza, beaten by Serena in the 2015 Wimbledon final, faces Slovakian world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova in the last four.

"I played with the right determination, right passion, right attitude", Nadal said, "to win the match".

She is the eighth‐lowest‐ranked Grand Slam semi-finalist in history.

Said Simona Halep: "I'm not surprised, because she has confidence, a lot of confidence". "I would never believe I could reach the semifinal of this tournament".

"I really can not believe it".

Rybarikova missed almost seven months after last year's Wimbledon because of injuries.

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