Wimbledon: Venus Williams becomes oldest female semifinalist in 23 years

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Catch all the live action of the Wimbledon 2017 quarter final clash between Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko through our live blog.

At one stage the World No. 7 was just two points away from defeat in the second set, but she refused to give in and ultimately surged back to clinch victory in the third set.

Following Venus onto Centre Court will be Johanna Konta, who takes on Simona Halep bidding to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.

"In the first couple of rounds, I wasn't playing my best and I was fighting, but I feel like every match, I'm getting better and better", Ostapenko, a junior Wimbledon champion in 2014, told the WTA website.

The American stands two victories away a remarkable triumph and a win in Saturday's final would allow her to replace Serena, who is taking a break from tennis to give birth to her first child, as the oldest women's grand slam victor. "I know she acts like this all the time".

The 10th-seeded Williams is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year as the American took a 6-3, 6-2 commanding win over 19-year-old Ana Konjuh of Croatia on Centre Court.

Ostapenko keeps hoper alive of progressing as she manages to hold her serve and make it 3-2 in the second set.

The men's quarterfinals Wednesday: Djokovic against Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer against Milos Raonic, defending champion Andy Murray against Sam Querrey, and Marin Cilic against Gilles Muller, who stunned Rafael Nadal in a marathon that ended 15-13 in the fifth set Monday.

Ostapenko was only a few weeks old when Williams, the oldest semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova in 1994, made her Wimbledon debut 20 years ago.

Kerber, who lost that match in three sets, said: " I was really surprised that I was playing on Court Number Two.

"I have no regrets and I'm really happy to be off the court, enjoying watching the matches with no pressure." . That is one thing I do know. What I want to say is that I am sure she is good on both sides. She sealed the outcome of the game at the eighth attempt.

The American superstar advanced to her 10th semi-final on London's hallowed grass courts with a record-equalling 86th victory at the All England Club on Tuesday.

But her aggressive, risk and reward game came unstuck against the powerful Williams serve.

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.

Williams dominated Wimbledon for nearly a decade between 2000 and 2009, winning five titles and finishing runner-up in another three finals. This is Wimbledon. I was very focussed and here I am.

"I really can not believe it, " gasped the 87th-ranked Rybarikova, the eighth lowest ranked slam semifinalist in history. Confidence I'm sure. It's just been such an unbelievable result for her.

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