Sixth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain fashioned a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 win over No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia of France to end a 33-year drought since Wimbledon had home representation in the last eight of the women's singles.
Williams, competing at her 20th Wimbledon, is just one victory away from her ninth final at SW19 - eight years after her last appearance. That's why I put in the effort and the time.
Konta was reduced to tears by what she felt were threats and intimidation from the Romanian fans in Constanta during her match against Sorana Cirstea, but Halep fanned the flames this week when she claimed her compatriots had done nothing wrong.
The spry Williams, age 37, continued to impress on Tuesday at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jelena Ostapenko, the 20-year-old Latvian woman who won the French Open last month. The.
Having been initially overawed, Ostapenko grew into the second set, exchanging breaks with Williams as she started unleashing her fearsome forehand. That match saw Nadal, the French Open victor for the men, eliminated in five sets.
The finalist of Wimbledon 2015 Garbine Muguruza in the quarterfinals confidently outplayed the experienced Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Williams has talked about feeling "devastated" after her involvement in a auto accident that led to the death of a 78-year-old man last month.
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"Maybe that's why the first two sets I was winning quite easy", Muller joked. "But I'm still managing to play, which is the most important thing". I also hope she can get to the final.
Ostapenko arrived on Centre Court possessing a reputation for sheer fearlessness, a harder forehand than Andy Murray as well as an 11-match winning run in Grand Slam tournaments which included her triumph as an unseeded player at the French Open.
Muguruza powered into her second Wimbledon semifinal in the past three years with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over Russian seventh seed Kuznetsova.
"I'm very curious, I can't wait to see that".
Williams went up a break early in both sets against Ostapenko, the French Open champion. She has dropped just one set the entire tournament, and that came way back in the second round.
"The thing is, the same umpire gave my coach a warning previous year for telling me, 'Vamos". I think I'm again on a good way to playing again tennis, yeah, on a high level. "I feel fortunate enough that I took a few of them".
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 really can not believe it, " gasped the 87th-ranked Rybarikova, the eighth lowest ranked slam semifinalist in history.