Playing in her hundredth singles match at Wimbledon five time champion Venus Williams knocked out French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko to advance to the semi finals.Williams earned a 6 – 3, 7 – 5 victory against the 20 year old Latvian in one hour and 13 minutes on Centre Court. She will play Britain’s sixth seed Johanna Konta in the last four on Thursday. Konta knocked out second seed Simona Halep.American Williams, 37 is the oldest player to reach the last four since Martina Navratilova, but says she doesn’t think about her age. As a matter of fact she indicated that she feels quite capable and powerful.
Williams, competing at her 20th Wimbledon, is just one victory away from her ninth final at SW19 – eight years after her last appearance. She has not won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2008. She dominated Wimbledon for almost a decade between 2000 – and 2009, winning five titles and finishing runners up in another three finals.
She says she refused to consider retirement despite her world ranking plummeting to 103 in 2011. The American returned to the top ten last year and then reached her first Grand Slam final since 2009 where she lost to her sister Serena at the Australian Open final in January.Meanwhile Venus opponent Johanna Konta became Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi finalist since 1978 when she defeated second seed Simona Halep in three sets 6 – 7, 7 – 6, 6 – 4.