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Muguruza, Williams, Konta and Rybarikova make semis

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 02:14

Novak Djokovic qualifies for the last eight as Muguruza, Williams, Konta and Rybarikova make final four in women's draw.

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VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY 8 AT WIMBLEDON INCLUDING DJOKOVIC REACHING LAST EIGHT, VENUS WILLIAMS BEATING OLAPENKO TO REACH SEMIS AND KONTA KNOCKING OUT HALEP TO REACH LAST FOUR SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 11, 2017) (AELTC - SEE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE USE) NOVAK DJOKOVIC v ADRIAN MANNARINO 1. MATCH POINT IN PROGRESS / DJOKOVIC WINS 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ASKED ON MATCH BEING DELAYED FROM ORIGINAL SCHEDULE ON PREVIOUS DAY, SAYING: "It was frustrating last night I must admit, but I quickly just turned the next page and just focus on what I need to do today and I've done it in straight sets and it's all that matters, so I try to just be in this moment and look forward to the next challenge." GARBINE MUGURUZA v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA 3. MUGURUZA SERVING FOR MATCH / WINNING POINT AND MATCH 4. MUGURUZA CELEBRATING WIN 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GARBINE MUGURUZA, SAYING: "Well it means a lot, especially since that final and last year losing in the second round to be able to go deep in the tournament and still with chances (of winning). I'm very happy and very pleased also with this match because obviously Kuznetsova is a very tough opponent, we all know she has been and is a great player, and I managed to play a good level during the match and I earned the victory." VENUS WILLIAMS v JELENA OSTAPENKO 6. WILLIAMS SERVING FOR MATCH / OSTAPENKO RETURNING BALL WIDE / WILLIAMS WINS MATCH 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VENUS WILLIAMS, SAYING: "I know she had to be feeling confident and she played a great match in a lot of areas and I'd never played her. I watched her but I didn't know what to expect and then of course the grass changes the game, so a lot of factors and I was really happy to come out on top." JOHANNA KONTA v SIMONA HALEP 8. KONTA WINNING SECOND SET TO TIE MATCH AT 1 SET ALL 9. KONTA CELEBRATING SET WIN 10. KONTA SERVING FOR MATCH / RALLY ENDS WITH HALEP (DISTRACTED BY A SCREAM FROM A FAN) HITTING BALL INTO NET 11. KONTA LOOKING TOWARDS UMPIRE MAGDALENA RYBARIKOVA v COCO VANDEWEGHE 12. RYBARIKOVA LEAVING COURT AFTER RAIN BEGINS TO FALL 13. COURT COVERED FROM RAIN 14. MATCH POINT IN PROGRESS / VANDEWEGHE HITTING BALL WIDE / RYBARIKOVA WINNING MATCH 15. RYBARIKOVA SMILING 16. WIMBLEDON LOGO STORY: Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon in more than 40 years on Tuesday (July 11) when she beat Romanian Simona Halep 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4 in a tension-filled match on Centre Court. Virginia Wade, who was in attendance, was the last British woman to reach the last four in 1978, the year after she won the title. Halep's defeat cost her top spot in the world rankings as she was overhauled by Czech Karolina Pliskova, who was knocked out in the second round. The second-seeded Romanian would have become number one had she beaten sixth seed Konta. American Venus Williams rolled back the years to defeat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets and will meet Konta in the semi-finals while Spain's Garbine Muguruza moved confidently into the last four by beating Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova. Muguruza, who is seeded 14th, will meet the unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who beat American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3 in a rain-delayed contest to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time. In the men's draw, second-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia eased past France's Adrian Mannarino with a routine 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 victory, and will meet 11th seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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Muguruza, Williams, Konta and Rybarikova make semis

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 02:14