Serena-Murray dream team thwarted at Wimbledon

Serena Williams

When the pairing was announced, many on social media were delighted to be able to see two of the greatest singles players come together, and this loss has people hoping to see them return again in the future.

"Is that in your professional tennis opinion?" she snapped during a post-match news conference.

Just five feet, five inches (1.64 metres) tall and weighing in at 133 pounds (60 kilogrammes), she has sliced, served and volleyed her way into the semi-finals, five years after she went to the last-eight at the All England Club.

"I'm looking forward to it so much".

This was Konta's fifth grand slam quarter-final, and she will climb again in the rankings to 15th, but a first slam final remains elusive. She won the match.

"Only Barbora can play the shots she plays".

Muchova was trying to become the first woman since 1999 to reach the semifinals on her Wimbledon debut.

"I guess it was more a confirmation of something that you would have expected from someone that's won as much as she's done", said Murray. Before you make any Williams vs. Strycova picks and 2019 Wimbledon predictions, see what red-hot British tennis expert Gavin Mair has to say.

"I don't want her to be bombarded by this type of doubts", Beltrame continued. "Once obviously finished here - hopefully on Sunday - you know I'll get back and start pressing a little bit more singles", Murray revealed, per Mike McIntyre.

A final tally of 33 unforced errors rather told its own story, and Konta said: "I think she was playing very well".

It says a lot about the unpredictability of the women's game that Williams was the only player in the last eight who reached the same stage previous year. She received three code violations and was penalized a point and one game.

Strycova levelled with a cool volley, then a fearless second serve forced an error.

Strycova will now meet seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals, with the 11th seed having overcome Alison Riske.

In the last-16, she was a set and 2-5 down to Elise Mertens, the 21st-seeded Belgian, before winning in three sets.

But Williams is tennis tungsten, and recovered superbly from a brief wobble and a taped ankle in which she lost the second set and fell a break behind in the third.

In other action at Wimbledon, seventh-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the semifinals for the second time after beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.

"I fought hard in the first set, even if I was down 4-1", said 27-year-old Halep.

Williams had several break points in a roller-coaster eighth game and eventually clinched the break when Riske double faulted. When Konta's next forehand thumped the net the set was over and effectively so was her challenge.

"She gives her opponents every opportunity to not feel great out there".

The champion at the All England Club in 2017 and French Open in 2016 wrote on Twitter that it was "the end of an Extraordinary ride". That she was. Riske, a 29-year-old from Pittsburgh, was appearing in her first major quarter-final.

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