After Andy Murray’s loss in the men’s quarterfinals, Britain still has one of its own to cheer for in the Wimbledon singles semifinals: Johanna Konta. She is trying to become the host country’s first female champion at the All England Club in 40 years. First, though, Konta will need to get past Venus Williams, who already owns five titles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. This will be the 37-year-old American’s 10th Wimbledon semifinal and 22nd at all majors. Konta’s only previous match at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament was a semifinal loss at the 2016 Australian Open. ”I definitely think experience helps, for sure,” Williams said. Their semifinal will be second on Centre Court, after 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza takes on 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Muguruza was the French Open champion last year. Rybarikova, in contrast, had never been past the third round in her 35 previous appearances at majors.
2009 – The last time a U.S. man reached the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament (Andy Roddick lost in that year’s Wimbledon final). Querrey had never been to the semifinals in 41 previous appearances at majors.
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”Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.” – Djokovic, who said his injured right elbow has been bothering him for more than a year.
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