Ostapenko and Williams win Wimbledon, but Kerber bows

Sport 10 July, 2017

Photo: Adrian Dennis, Agence France-Presse
The fivefold champion of Wimbledon, Venus Williams

The fivefold champion of Wimbledon, Venus Williams, has triumphed, while the favourite, Angelique Kerber has bent the spine.


Williams, who won his last title in career at the All England Club in 2008, has reached the quarter-finals by inflicting a defeat of 6-3, 6-2 to a player of 19 years old Ana Konjuh, Monday.


Williams is participating in this major tournament on grass for the 20th time in his career, and it took part for the first time a few months before the birth of Konjuh.


“To win, it is timeless, never, never,” assured Williams.


Kerber, who participated in the final of the tournament of Wimbledon last year but had lost to Serena Williams, was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Garbine Muguruza in the field no. 2. The Spanish will face in the next round the winner of two titles of the Grand Slam, Svetlana Kuznetsova, who easily beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 in the first match on Monday.


By virtue of the defeat of Kerber, Simona Halep became the player with the highest ranked still in contention in this tournament.


Williams will see you in the quarter-finals, with the champion of the Internationaux de France Jelena Ostapenko.


The Latvian 20-year-old, who won his first title in his career at Roland Garros last month, defeated the fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 (6) on-the-ground no. 12 to reach the quarter-finals.


“I’m going to see what will happen when I will be on the lawn, said Williams about Ostopenko. What I want to say is that I am sure she is good on both sides. I will have to observe the nuances at the beginning of the meeting, because it is very difficult to predict what will happen. “


Ostapenko was leading 5-2 in the second round, but she has been the victim of a breach, and caused the tie-breaker. She sealed the outcome of the game at the eighth attempt.


“I think I’m playing better match by match, as the Internationaux de France, has entrusted Ostapenko. I hope that I will be able to continue in this direction. “


For her part, Johanna Konta became the first player in uk since Jo Durie in 1984 to qualify for the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.


Konta, the sixth head of the series, has taken the measure of the French Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on the field # 1. She will face in the next round Halep, who has disposed of the former no. 1 player Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (3), 6-2.


CoCo Vandeweghe has disposed of the fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 6-4 on field # 3.


The American, 24th head of the series, has blasted eight aces, compared to zero for the Danish. Vandeweghe had also accessed the quarter-finals at the All England Club two years ago, but she had lowered the flag in front of the Russian Maria Sharapova.


Vandeweghe will now face Magdalena Rybarikova, who has disposed of the Croatian Petra Martic 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time in his career.


On the second Monday at Wimbledon is without a doubt the busiest day of the season. The 16 games of the eighth final are presented the same day at the All England Club, and at the end of this process eight tennis players and eight ladies will advance to the quarter-finals.


As a junior, the Canadian Carson Branstine began his career at Wimbledon by winning 6-3, 6-2 against Russian Kamilla Rakhimova.