July 9, 2019 / 12:29 PM / 10 days ago

Tennis-Wimbledon day eight

(Reuters) - Highlights of Tuesday’s eighth day at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year (times GMT):

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 9, 2019 Serena Williams of the U.S. and Britain's Andy Murray react during their second round mixed doubles match against France's Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo of the U.S. REUTERS/Toby Melville

1930 ‘MURRENA’ MARCHES ON IN MIXED DOUBLES

The newly-formed mixed doubles partnership of Andy Murray and Serena Williams - dubbed ‘Murrena’ - reached the third round by beating Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo 7-5 6-3.

1630 STRYCOVA ENDS HOME FAVOURITE KONTA’S RUN

Czech Barbora Strycova produced a clinical display, studded with 22 winners, to beat home hope Johanna Konta 7-6(5) 6-1.

The unseeded Strycova will meet Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam semi-final on Thursday.

“It sounds crazy. It’s happening but I can’t believe it. My voice is shaking,” Strycova said. “I think this is one of the best matches I played here.”

1555 SVITOLINA STORMS INTO SEMIS

Eighth seed Elina Svitolina became the first Ukrainian woman to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final, beating unseeded Czech Karolina Muchova 7-5 6-4 on No. 1 Court.

She will meet Romanian seventh seed Simona Halep on grass for the first time on Thursday for a place in the final. Svitolina has won four of their previous seven meetings.

1415 SERENA BATTLES PAST RISKE

Serena Williams, chasing her eighth Wimbledon crown, grabbed a decisive break in the eighth game of the final set to beat Alison Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3.

Williams moved into her 12th Wimbledon semi-finals and will meet either Johanna Konta or Barbora Strycova.

1335 HALEP OVERPOWERS ZHANG TO REACH SEMIS

Former world number one Simona Halep recovered from 4-1 down in the opening set to beat China’s Zhang Shuai 7-6(4) 6-1.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Lovell

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