While the world was busy discussing the epic five-set defeat of Rafael Nadal to Luxembourg ace Gillis Muller in Wimbledon 2017. The news of Venus reaching semi-finals came as a breath of fresh air for tennis fans.
Five-time champion Venus Williams won in her 100th singles match at Wimbledon to knock out French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko and reach 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.
37-year-old, American Williams, also became the oldest player to reach semi-finals after Martina Navratilova who made it in 1994. She will play Britain’s sixth seed Johanna Konta in the last four on Thursday after Konta knocked out second seed Simona Halep.
When asked about becoming the oldest player to reach last four in the Wimbledon Championship, she said: “I don’t think about my age. So whatever age that is, as long as I feel like that, then I know that I can contend for titles every time.”
Venus Williams is competing at her 20th Wimbledon and 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.