Her serve and athleticism were there for all to see Tuesday as she beatJelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 under the Centre Court roof in her 100th Wimbledon encounter to end the feisty French Open champion's 11-match winning streak at grand slams.
Williams became the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinal since 1994 with a rock-solid performance on Centre Court.
Williams, this year's Australian Open runner-up, is the oldest Wimbledon quarter-finalist for 23 years and she knows she'll have to summon the kind of dominant display that made her so deadly a decade ago. "As long as I feel like that, then I know that I can contend for titles every time".
"Caroline is a tough opponent to play", Vandeweghe said. She runs as fast as anyone, and slams her first serves. The 20-year-old admitted before the match that she simply couldn't muster many memories of the Venus who strode atop the tennis world in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
"I love the last day you play, you're still improving". But she had no answer to Williams, who played with a self-assured and gangly ease, stepping up the power only when she needed to. That's why I put in the effort and the time.
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Both camps went as far as announcing an April bout. "I could hit him with the right shot and nobody knows what could happen". Horn has stopped all three of his most recent opponents, and has ended 11 of his 17 fights inside the distance.
Rafael Nadal clinches record 10th French Open title
Nadal immediately put Wawrinka in the same position on the next game. - Nadal broke Wawrinka to take a 3-0 lead in the second set. As a tired Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.
Yesterday it was the turn of the talented Jelena Ostapenko, just one month old when Williams made her Wimbledon debut in 1997.
Be sure to join The Roar for live scores of this quarter-final from around 11pm (AEST) or at the completion of Adrian Mannarino versus Novak Djokovic and don't forget to add a comment in the section below. "Winning never gets old at any stage in your career", Venus, who wears her hair like a crown, as if to underline her position as the sport's royalty, said.
"I played with the right determination, right passion, right attitude", Nadal said, "to win the match". "All of my opponents have served wonderful, hit really hard".
Ostapenko came to the match with an impressive 9-9 record this season after losing the first set and drew the first chance to break in her opening return game in the second set. She is acing ahead at the moment as Venus has already slammed 6 aces while Ostapenko has none so far. That gulf in experience was immediately apparent when Williams broke in the second game and cruised through the first set. "I think for myself, just sticking to my guns was definitely key". I mean, it's not fun.
Earlier Monday, No. 7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova became the first player to reach the quarterfinals as the two-time Grand Slam champion from Russian Federation beat ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-4.
Kuznetsova enjoyed strong starts in both sets but failed to capitalise and it was Muguruza's superior serving and movement that proved decisive on Court One.