There are some notable goings on over on the women’s side of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Venus Williams, at age 37, has made it through to the quarterfinals, and in so doing, became the oldest woman to make it that far since 1994, a span of 23 years. She may be lifted by the fact that she does not have to face younger sister Serena, who has called time on professional tennis to take part in childbirth.
For the first time since 1984, a British woman is still in the hunt. That would be Johanna Konta. Konta beat Caroline Garcia of France for the opportunity to face Serena Halep in the quarterfinals. That match is in progress at this very moment and is currently tied at one set each, with Halep holding a one game advantage in the third. The match will be decided long before most Aussies get out of bed.
Angelique Kerber lost out, meaning that she will surrender the number one ranking.
In the quarterfinal, Venus Williams got past Jelena Ostapenko, who was hoping to demonstrate that her French Open title was not a fluke, but Williams needed only two sets for a 6- 3, 7 – 5 to advance to the semis. Williams played her first time at Wimbledon in the year Ostapenko was born. Ostapenko won the French Open as an unseeded player, was on a run of good form, but she had no answers for Williams’ rocket first serves. On Ostapenko’s serve, slow second serves were pounced on and dispatched viciously.
Williams is the only former Wimbledon champion in the field and her ticket to the semifinals puts her alongside Martina Navratilova as the oldest to make it to that stage.
Post-match, Williams emphatically stated, “Winning never gets old at any stage of your career. Ever”