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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Konta, Muguruza and Williams into semi-finals: Wimbledon Day 8 round-up

A round-up of the men's and women's singles action on Day 8 of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

Garbine Muguruza salutes the crowd after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Tuesday. Toby Melville / Reuters
Garbine Muguruza salutes the crowd after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Tuesday. Toby Melville / Reuters

A round-up of the men's and women's singles action on Day 8 of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

MEN'S FOURTH ROUND

Djokovic makes delayed entry to quarter-finals

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic overcame an injury scare to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the ninth time on Tuesday with a 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 win over France's Adrian Mannarino. Djokovic, 30, needed treatment on his right shoulder after the fifth game of the third set and a medical timeout at 4-3 to treat the same problem. He had already summoned the doctor after just three games of the opening set. Second seed Djokovic will face the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on Wednesday for a semi-final spot, boasting a 25-2 career record over the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up. The Serbian made his progress a day after his rivals, with his match initially scheduled to go on following Rafael Nadal's near-five hour epic against Gilles Muller that saw the 16th seed from Luxembourg progress 15-13 in the fifth set.

WOMEN'S QUARTER-FINALS

Muguruza in fine form to reach semi-finals

Garbine Muguruza advanced confidently into the semi-finals with a well-controlled 6-3 6-4 victory over Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. Muguruza, the 2014 French Open champion who lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final the following year, had just that bit more control in a hard-hitting baseline duel to follow up her victory over top seed Angelique Kerber on Monday. Muguruza, seeded 14th, saved a tricky break point on her second service game - the only one she faced all match - but roared back to break to love en route to taking the first set. Another early break in the second piled the pressure on Kuznetsova, the 32-year-old Russian with two grand slam titles to her name, and she was rarely able to threaten. Muguruza, who has reached the last four for the loss of one set, brought up match point with an ace down the middle and won it courtesy of another big serve to earn a semi-final meeting with Magdalena Rybarikova or Coco Vandeweghe.

Williams winds back the clock

Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist for 23 years as the five-time champion brushed aside French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5. Williams, 37, produced a 73-minute masterclass on Centre Court that made her the most senior player to reach the last four since Martina Navratilova in 1994. The American star, an eight-time Wimbledon finalist, will play Britain's Johanna Konta or Romania's Simona Halep in Thursday's semi-finals. World No 11 Williams, beaten in this year's Australian Open final, is chasing a first major title since winning Wimbledon in 2008.

Konta battles past Halep

Johanna Konta sealed a semi-final spot in a feast of tension-filled tennis, powering past Simona Halep 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the first British woman to reach the last four in almost 40 years. The second-seeded Romanian shaded the early Centre Court exchanges, pouncing on errors and breaking serve to lead 3-0, as the Briton struggled to keep her searing groundstrokes in court. But with cheers and cries of “Come on Jo” echoing around the roofed-in arena, sixth seed Konta fought back, cranking up her serve and winning eight straight points to draw level at 4-4. Halep won the first set on a tiebreak with Konta, having squandered a clutch of break points, returning the favour in the second. The intensity moved up a notch in the third set as the Briton hit harder and the Romanian tightened her defence, before Konta broke in the fifth game and held her nerve to serve the match out. Virginia Wade was the last British woman to reach the semi-finals in 1978.

Still to come:

Magdalena Rybarikova v CoCo Vandeweghe (24)