A win for Williams on Thursday would put her in her 11th Wimbledon final. Elina Svitolina (8) from Centre Court, followed by Serena Williams (11) vs.
Known predominantly for her doubles play (where she is ranked third in the world), Barbora Strycova is about to become the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in women’s singles in the Open era.Currently ranked 54th in the world, Strycova’s best previous result at Wimbledon was a quarterfinal appearance in 2014. On Tuesday, she fell behind 1-4 in the first set to Britain’s own Johanna Konta before charging back for a straight set 7-6 (5), 6-1 win that left the 19th seeded Konta struggling to explain where it all went wrong.Head-to-head, Svitolina holds a 4-3 edge over Halep, but the Romanian won their most recent meeting — a three-setter in the semi-final of the Qatar Open in February.Serena's next opponent is an unseeded 33-year-old from the Czech Republic.At the All England Club this year, she has dropped just one set in her first five matches as she upset higher-seeded players including No. As for Serena, she’s still not all the way back to the top form that had her in a class of her own before she took her hiatus.
But Williams says the knee problems that plagued her earlier in the year are now behind her—and she showed her trademark grit in her three-set quarterfinal win over fellow American Alison Riske, who had taken out top seed Ashleigh Barty two days earlier.
Fans commented on the video, with mixtures of amusement and shock. The show follows Echizen as he is challenged by other gifted athletes as each player vies to become Japan’s top tennis player.
Wimbledon kicks off on Monday, July 1 and ends on Sunday, July 14.
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