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Day 8 Highlights

Clare Balding presents highlights of the day's play from the All England Club. Clare is joined by legends from the game of tennis to reflect on the women's quarter-final action.


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The best way to approach Wimbledon is in a bubble... There is some

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excitement at the prospect of a good run here for Konta. Floating above

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the melee, it insulates and concentrates. But it comes with no

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instructions, nor directions. That's a very tiny and impressive

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performance for Johanna Konta -- a very tidy. It may be surprisingly

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tough. What resilience from Joe Konta. And suddenly light and

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fragile. What a battle! On fine days in fair wind, you will effortlessly

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glide. Joe Konta into the second week of Wimbledon for the first time

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in her career. Before you know it, you floated further than you think.

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Jo Konta, Wimbledon quarterfinalist. But flying is easy. The tough test

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is how you land. It's been a grey and wet women's

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quarterfinals day, but we've had the added bonus of a leftover men's last

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16 match, is Novak Djokovic finally got on court against Adrian

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Mannarino. This has been an epic day of tennis.

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Lots to discuss in the company of Tracy Austin and Marion Bartoli,

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A lot of action to enjoy. We will stop with a woman who has been so

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impressive in her nerveless nurse. We'll start with the first British

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woman in a quarterfinal Jo Konta has been impressively

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nerveless in her matches so far, But in Simona Halep she faces

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the highest-ranked woman Halep raced into a 3-0

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lead in the first set. Konta broke back

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in the seventh game. And they have both held serve

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to take it to a tie-break, which is where we join our

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commentators - Chris Bradman, Hallett was complaining a little bit

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about the crowd being too loud. -- Halep. Got that back! You

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underestimated her legs, I think. Oh! It's in! Or is it? Either way,

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it'll be challenged. The linesman called it in. I think the umpire

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called it out. She's asking whether she got only one bounce. That is in.

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Unbelievable point! That's right, hung in there, Halep.

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She's breathing heavy now. Darren Cahill is leaning forwards a

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little more after that double fault. Her reaction to it.

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CROWD GASPS And those balls tougher to hit in

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the air? Letting the ball bounce, it seems like there wasn't much on it.

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It forces the opponent, most men and women take it in the air. I know I'm

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old score, but it seems like you don't practice that shot from there,

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or do you, that often? Are used to practice that at every practice,

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everyone up. All over the court? Because I wanted to use that one. --

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every warm up. Did you practice just in the air? Probably taking in the

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year. -- in the air. She's dialled in, right now, Halep.

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Prepare to get both of those points. She is the quickest that Konta has

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ever played. APPLAUSE

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Quite the tie-break. What a magnificent tie-break from

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Simona Halep. Konta has got to do what you did in Miami, and come from

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behind to win. STUDIO: Great playing from both of

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them, but the Romanian with the advantage. Konta found her focus and

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angles again, and both players held serve until we held on to another

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tie-break. Now is the time to Staples at. -- to

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stay positive. Raced into a 3-1 lead in the first

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set tie-break. Nice deep breath out from Konta

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before she has to serve. UMPIRE: Let, first service.

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That looked like it was about six inches over the net. You complain

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about that on the first point of the tie-break, I think.

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APPLAUSE That was a point that Halep

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desperately wanted to establish a lead. A little tight. Every shot

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seems to just... Mean more in this particular way to end the set. A

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unique tie-break. APPLAUSE

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Oh, it's well done. Still mods of approval everywhere. The handling of

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this pressure. -- nods of approval. Both still going for it. Still the

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excess for Konta going back behind Halep. That's the only way you're

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going to be able to win a match, if they're going to keep going for it.

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I think it's safe to say that Konta always will go for it! Win, lose or

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draw. Oh, this could be a big one there.

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The shot that she hit was in. Or nothing with the call. -- all won

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nothing. Our Oh! That's a good I. Wow! I knew it all along!

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LAUGHTER The umpire, Kadir, is like, wow, I'm

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impressed! CHEERING

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The return is just a little bit short. Enough behind it. We see

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Konta just immediately grabs the opportunity to go for the winner.

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CHEERING These moments are great. You know,

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when I was playing too, you always just tried to hang in there, be

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positive, and give yourself the opportunity that when your opponent

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is just dropping a little bit, you get a chance.

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She got it! And a set point with it! People are starting to stand around

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Centre Court. Most are standing, look at that! An

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hour and 50 minutes. Somehow, Jo Konta has forced a final set. CLARE

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BALDING: The Centre Court crowd absolutely loving this. It was first

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strike to Konta. She broke the Halep serve to lead 3-2.

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Everybody watching was far more tense and nervous than Konta

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herself, who jogged out to serve for a place in the semifinals

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as if it was a first-round match in a local park.

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If you were Halep, that's how you wanted that game to start.

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She just uses that whole court so well, moving her from side to side.

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Until she has a bit more of an opening, then just really

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exhilarating into the". -- the opening quarter.

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The adrenaline must be pretty high at the moment.

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CHEERING Oh, my God, she stopped playing!

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What a shame. It's over. British tennis history is

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made. It's been 39 years. Since a British woman can say, I'm a

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Wimbledon semifinalist. She's done it in front of the last woman to do

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it. Virginia Wade. Right now it's a bit surreal. Just because it's quite

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incredible how quickly things go in tennis. Smack minutes ago I was just

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playing, now I'm in here. Things happen very quickly -- two minutes

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ago. I'm still die jesting things. I felt I was clear on what I was

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trying to achieve out there, regardless of whether it was going

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my Way or not I stuck to my true self and tried to create as many

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opportunities as possible. I knew that going into the match against

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Simona that she was really not going to give me much for free. So I

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definitely had to be the one out there to create my own chances. And

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I felt I did that. I feel fortunate enough that I took a few of them.

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How much did the crowd helped to date? They were incredible. I think

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they were little overenthusiastic in part! I def crew cannot complain --

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I definitely got a complaint with the amount of support and just the

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good feeling. CLARE BALDING: So many congratulations to Jo Konta. She did

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a terrific job of hanging on in there. I want to talk about. What

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happened here? When Simona hit the ball close the baseline with a

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backhand down the line, a fan thought it was going wrong and

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shouted out. There was a big screen right there. And Simona just lost

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her concentration and didn't get up to that ball, didn't drive the ball.

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And you learn that at the very early age that unless the ball is called

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out or hits the ground twice, the point is not over. Especially after

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this long of a match, I'm really surprised that she lost her focus

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and didn't still drive that forehand into the other corner. It's

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really... I mean, you can't replay a point like that because the crowd

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will always get involved. How impressed by you, Marion, with the

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way that Konta keeps her composure? She wasn't asking for the support

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from the crowd, they were giving it but she wasn't feeding of it. I

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think the scream of the person disturbed that Michael Moore. It

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came right before she was about to hit the ball, -- before it disturbed

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Jo. When you hear a screen right that, that should disturb you more

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than I think Simona. She has been able to meet, to really stay into

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her bubble. The clip at the beginning when she was inside the

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bubble, it's perfectly that. She plays so much within herself, the

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crowd is overenthusiastic but she doesn't want to have any more sort

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of pressure from them. She's taking the club that I think is coming more

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under pressure on the other side, you feel the pressure from the crowd

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but she wants to stay within her pen is because the history of having her

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really be not able to deal with sort of pressure, she finds a new way to

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deal with it, to play within herself. I think that is the main

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quality and that is why she the semifinal. I have messages from

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people watching at home saying how impressed their kids had been with

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the ability to stay calm on court. We will talk more about Jo Konta

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later in the programme. Earlier in the afternoon,

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Venus Williams strode out for her 100th singles

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match at Wimbledon. Against Jelena Ostapenko,

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who was making her first The first appearance of Venus

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orbiting planet Wimbledon was in 1997. A couple of weeks before that,

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a baby girl was born in the Gulf. They named her Jelena, and at 17

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years old by she became an champion. Ostapenko won are very first tour

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title, no big one, just the French Open! Oldest against youngest. Most

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experienced against the least. But both Grand Slam champions. CLARE

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BALDING: Venus started the more confidently, breaking the game of

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the second set which continued on serve before she won the first set

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in 29 minutes. Ostapenko shaking her head in

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disbelief. It's going so fast! A break in the first and sixth game of

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the second set lead to some of Ostapenko's best tennis.

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Commentary from Nick Mullins and Martina Navratilova.

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COMMENTATOR: I don't think there's anyone smarter on Centre Court

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today! Very bright. Oh! That's the touch of genius,

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that's the touch of a very special player. Exactly, what she does get

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there, she still has the confidence to get imaginative. This is great

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hands. She looks in trouble. She should get out of it.

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Ostapenko's pressure is starting to pay off. Venus Williams is backing

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up a little bit on the court, the openings are bigger for Jelena.

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She is slap bang in the middle of this scrap, Jelena Ostapenko.

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Well, just a little punch from the five-time former champion.

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CLARE BALDING: Williams broke in the 11th game,

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and came out to serve for a place in the semifinals at Wimbledon

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What they serve. 98 mph -- what a serve. What a slice, the ball stayed

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low. Ostapenko, the big swing, never catches up. Where did this end up?!

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Oh, dear me. Right by his nose. It's just a tennis ball, but it still

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hurts when it hits you in the face. UMPIRE: Let, first service.

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The ageless Venus Williams, at the age of 37, for another Wimbledon

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semifinal. Well, a month on from Paris there

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will be no London fairy tale for Jelena Ostapenko. But Venus Williams

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continuing to take care of business. CLARE BALDING: Next up for Venus is

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Jo Konta. Afterwards, she was asked about playing the home favourite.

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I'm sure she's confident and determined, paying with a different

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kind of pressure at home, but she is handling it well. Looks like she

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does well under the pressure. I've her before. A lot different to

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today, definitely. I play a similar style, aggressive, serving and

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returning well. Very solid off the ground. So really it is about

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playing the game better and seeing where you find openings on the day.

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The amazing thing is that despite being the oldest player here, Venus

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Williams is the most consistent on the tour, the only one to reach the

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round of 16 in the last 16 Grand Slams or better. Is he playing as

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well now as she ever has done? Amazing how consistency is, at dirty

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seven, getting back into the top ten last year. Venus Williams out there

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today like a champion, she knows how to handle the situation, she was

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forceful, she moved extremely well. She served very well, hitting the

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ball cleanly. She played a clean match against a player who can be so

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dangerous, just winning the French Open and loves playing on grass,

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young Ostapenko. I don't think she was born yet when Venus started

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playing? It was really impressive because so much happened to Venus

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the week before the Championships started, so emotional with the car

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crash and everything. She seemed to get better with each match. She

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never plays a lead up grass court tournament. Simona Halep has gone to

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the press after losing to Jo Konta and said that Konta can beat Venus.

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Yes, she can, the head-to-head is in favour of Jo, leading 3-2. You can

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look at the head-to-head is, but a semifinal at Wimbledon is a special

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match. What Venus is absolutely true, it's about finding the opening

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on the day. I think for Jo it will be about her first serve percentage,

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she must serve well if she would like to play over Venus because

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wieners will be all over the second serve. -- because Venus will be all

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over the second serve. When you look at the toughest match that Jo had to

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play, it was against the players when she was on the brink of losing,

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she doesn't like it when the ball is coming fast at her, which is what

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Williams is going to do in this semifinal. It is about handling that

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very well. It will be a fabulous match. Today is quarterfinals day in

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the women's but we had a cheeky interloper. They were due to play on

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number one Court yesterday but Rafa and Gilles Muller kept them in the

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locker room so out onto a half empty Centre Court they walked at midday.

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Let's see some of the best bits of Djokovic against Mac Torino --

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against Mannarino. That is outstanding. Great strike,

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wasn't it? That's brilliant. Ooh! And that's

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unlucky. Fantastic. That was like a game of

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chess and then Mannarino just turned the board over.

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That's fantastic. That is the roar of a champion. A 12 time Grand Slam

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winner. It has been a hugely entertaining

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match and he will have his 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal tomorrow.

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I just think it was the wrong decision not to play us last night

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because we could have played. I think the last match on the Centre

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Court was done before 7pm. And having in mind that Centre Court has

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a roof and lights, we could have played until 11pm. We went to the

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referee's office before 8pm and there were security reasons and that

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was the only excuse, the only explanations we were getting. I just

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didn't see any logic in not playing us on the Centre Court. Djokovic

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really not happy with what happened last night because he had to hang

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around for so long. He did and that was a ticketed match for Court One,

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but Rafa was still playing Gilles Muller and they thought that the

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match would end soon and then they could put Djokovic on the court but

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it went to 15-13 in the fifth and that is the unfortunate part, that

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Novak had to wait around with Mannarino 42 and a half hours before

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they said it was too late because they don't want to move the crowd

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from number one court over to Centre Court for safety reasons. And I have

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never seen the Hill soap easy. Maybe they wouldn't have moved if they

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hadn't started before Rafa finished -- so busy. Al Worra were you about

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Djokovic's shoulder? -- how worried were you. His serve was a couple of

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miles an hour slower. I would be quite worried because now he doesn't

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have a day off, he will have to play tomorrow. That's also why he was so

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annoyed about the decision not to play on Centre Court. He took some

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painkillers early in the match. It looks like tendinitis, that can be

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treated with anti-inflammatories, getting good physio work on it. If

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it isn't a muscle, I'm not too worried. He played in Eastbourne,

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something he hasn't done I think since 2010. He needed that

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confidence. The way he was playing in Eastbourne, you could see, match

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by match, he was improving. He loves to be there. The craziness of

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Wimbledon. He seemed in a good mood coming in, he was pointing out

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problems with the court. A few things are annoying him and he might

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have a point. The shoulder could be problematic, he said he didn't want

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to talk about it in the second week and it wasn't just today, it has

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been lingering. When you are hanging around until late last night, you

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come out at 12pm and now you only have 24 hours before you play

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verdict who is going to have a day off... -- played Tomas Berdych. He

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has had this before with Andre Ellington Mario in his camp, they

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will have a talk and he will calm down -- Andree and Mario. Up

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Let's have a look at one match that did manage to get

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The runner-up from two years ago, Garbine Muguruza, who is trying

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to become the first Spanish winner here at Wimbledon since the coach

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she has in her corner, Conchita Martinez.

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look at what Kuznetsova was wearing as an earring here. I don't know if

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this is a sign of safety first, it is a safety pin in her earring. She

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hasn't dropped a set so far, scampering around like a spring

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chicken. We join it early in the first set

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with Kuznetsova serving. Commentary from Gigi Salmon

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and Annabel Croft. Kuznetsova, 32 years old now, has

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been as high as number two, currently number eight, the seventh

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seed here. She has kind of altered her service

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motion over the years, she experimented. She had shoulder

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problems a while back. Sometimes she goes for broke on the first serve.

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Just missing. Feels as if she is with the wind down this side so that

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one flattened out a bit, needs a bit more spin on the ball. The last

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serve was only 86 mph, sometimes she pulls back and goes for spin so as

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an opponent you must guess what she's going to go for.

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And from holding to love, Kuznetsova has been broken to love.

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Service holds for both players until Garbine Muguruza comes out to

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She'll be disappointed with that, you can see, getting quite bizarre

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serrated with herself. That was an opportunity, wasn't it, the floated

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second serve -- quite annoyed with herself.

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There is another freedom point off that serve. Found it difficult to

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read some of these serves, she has mixed it up well today.

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Once again, that kind of whipping action, the acceleration of the

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racket face. Fantastic rally and there's the

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reaction from Muguruza. 32 minutes on the clock, a clean set of tennis,

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a happy coach, Martinez. Looking on approvingly as Muguruza

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took the first sets. Some great tennis on show in the fifth game of

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the second set, what a rally. Great positioning from Muguruza, close to

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the baseline, looking to be aggressive or stop she seemed so

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contained. Not making many unforced errors, the right shot selection and

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moving well. Kuznetsova trying to outhit her. When she was throwing

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some slices it seems to suit Muguruza more. She didn't keep it up

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well enough. We join it with Muguruza 5-4 up in the second,

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serving for a place in the semifinals.

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Muguruza moving to within two points of the Wimbledon semifinals. She was

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going for big targets, Muguruza, not giving an inch, but greater depth on

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it, still that place on the ball but not going to the corner. She was

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just going to ask Kuznetsova, see if she would come up with the error

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first, and she did. That's only the second forehand that

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we've seen that has just rolled into the net where she hasn't struck

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through the ball. I'm sure Martinez's heart rate has gone up a

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couple of notches. Ooh! Well, well, well. Can you

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believe it? She has played some of those driving volleys so bravely,

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more difficult than that one. Look at her intensity, doing everything

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right apart from getting it over the net. Rolling the ball, you can see

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the spin and the rotation. She must have taken her eye off it a bit.

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There is the tension as well. Yesterday there were a few aborted

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ball tosses. I'm sure that her heart is racing right now.

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That will slow it down a little bit, the perfect way to bring up match

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point. Kuznetsova will have a challenge, though.

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It was good. That means it is match point, Muguruza.

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And there it is, Garbine Muguruza is into her second Wimbledon semifinal

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and she is also back in the world's top ten. Delight from her camp

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including the 94 champion, Conchita Martinez. Disappointing for

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Kuznetsova but today is about Muguruza, who rarely put a foot

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wrong, a clean performance from the Spanish player who moves through to

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the Wimbledon semifinals. Having to adapt to the changes, the weather

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today, it was colder and it was a bit rainy. But I'm happy to be able

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to be in the semifinals, it's a great achievement. Never easy to

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compare but you look so comfortable on the grass, reminiscent of when

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you got to the final here before. Can you compare where your game is

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from two years ago to now, is it a fair comparison? I was learning how

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to play then because I didn't play many matches on the grass so it was

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love hate but I have learned with experience. I feel I'm a different

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player, a bit more calm and figuring out what to do in certain moments.

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I'm improving. Is she a potential champion? Tall, strong, confident,

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aggressive. I can see the old Garbine Muguruza, the French

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champion of last year, who made it to the final two years ago. More

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confident, her footwork is better because she isn't trying to hit a

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winner every time, she's trying to move better and find bigger targets.

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I feel the influence of Conchita Martinez is massive on her. She

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likes to play more, you can see the freedom, focused but relaxed. When

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she plays like that I think she is right there with Venus Williams to

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win the title. Now to the question of who Muguruza is going to place in

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the semifinals. Now to the fastest rising player

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on the women's circuit, Magdelena Rybarikova,

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who has arrived at Wimbledon via titles at Ilkley and Surbiton

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against Coco Vandeweghe of the USA, who comes from a family of

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basketball players and the daughter Introducing Maddalena Rybarikova and

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Coco Vandeweghe, two of the more mysterious quarterfinalists. To

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search for clues it is better to search social media. Vandeweghe is

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Californian white spirit -- white spirit. She is the Australian

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semifinals. Rybarikova's rise is more stealthy, after injury she was

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453 in the world back in March but the ranking was hiding an underrated

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skill and now, her next trick. She had booted out the favourite,

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Pliskova and got stuck into Vandeweghe straightaway. The

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American, broken in game one. She has hired Pat Cash to guide her

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through the grass court but Vandeweghe was providing her own

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analysis. In style, Rybarikova is decidedly

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old school, the Slovak is a throwback, entertainingly retro.

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First set to the world number 87, 6-3, another surprise but her

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progress stalled when the second started.

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That was a very soft point there. Vandeweghe, in charge and changing

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momentum, it seemed. But the weather was also changing. A big gust of

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wind, this is a very open court and the league is off. -- the lid is

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off. Great foot speed from Rybarikova. Vandeweghe was blown off

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the court and not long later they were both taken off the court. Play

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is suspended. More than three hours later they resumed, now in the

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shelter of Centre. The rest had made Vandeweghe Rusty within two games,

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break point. Another one, can't believe what has happened. This has

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been a nightmare for Vandeweghe. Pat was powerless, the frustration was

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all the more raw when Vandeweghe showed what she could do when she

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saved two match points but then it bubbled over. I'm being serious,

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what are you talking about? I am in play. One month ago, Rybarikova was

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playing down the road in Surbiton and now she is in the last four. One

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thing is for sure, we have heard of her now. I would never believe I

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could be in the semifinal before this tournament. I am really

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speechless right now. I'm so happy and grateful. Incredible story, it

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really is, Rybarikova is arguably the story of the women's

:53:40.:53:42.

championships. Fairy tale, missing the second half of last year because

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she had two surgeries, on her left wrist and her right knee and she had

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to start again, she was ranked outside the top 400. She played the

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ITF, lower ranking and lower-level tournaments but once she beat this

:53:59.:54:02.

cover, arguably the best player on the tour this year, I thought she

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would be a let down but she has got better and she is riding this

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confidence -- when she beat Pliskova. She hit the volley, the

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backhand slice, perfect game plan, not giving Vandeweghe any chance. I

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want to wrap up some of the mixed doubles.

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More British interest in todays' double and we start

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with Jamie Murray and new partner Martina Hingis.

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Commentary comes from Simon Reed and Liz Smilie.

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What a feeling it must be for Jamie Murray. The most perfect exhibition

:54:35.:54:42.

of mixed doubles that you will ever see. So, the third round match in

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the max doubles, Murray and Hingis, the number one seeds, against Jebavy

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and Hradecka. That's good reach from Murray. There is the break.

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What a super lob shot that was from Murray.

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Delicate touch again. First set, Murray and Hingis, 6-3. Yes, there's

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no getting past him, is there? No, telescopic arms. Oh, that's as good

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a shot as he has played in the match because that was a challenging

:55:56.:55:57.

return from Hingis. The way it goes. And they are

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through to the last eight. A lot of fun points, there always are in

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mixed doubles and a lot of people gave us some great support. You

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know, not much better for us than getting out and playing in front of

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a lot of people. I had a great partnership with Leander Paes in the

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past and when that stopped the first option was Jamie for me. That's what

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she's saying! No, that's not true. You were my number one pick. A very

:56:47.:56:51.

happy couple and they are into the quarterfinals. They make me smile.

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The quality of the women's championships this year and the last

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four, Rybarikova against Muguruza and Konta against Venus Williams.

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You have the run of 16, the level of play from all of the girls,

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absolutely amazing and it's so great to see Azarenka coming back.

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Although the stories. I love seeing all of the players, Serena Williams

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not being there, it gave hope to everybody. Hope to take the title

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and I can't wait until Saturday to see a new champion. It's going to be

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incredible and we still have the semifinals to come.

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Gilles Muller is the man who knocked out Rafael Nadal. Cilic hasn't

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dropped a set yet. At least Novak has a little bit of time in the

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morning. We wanted to share this with you

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from the BBC Twitter account. The social action of the day. And you

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know how hard it is when it keeps raining to grab a poncho and put it

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on and work out which hole is which! He should start over. Whether this

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took longer than a set of tennis, I'm not sure if he was trying to get

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in or out. Tomorrow is going to be a better day which is a relief for all

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poncho wearers, drier and brighter in the afternoon, damp in the

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morning. It's nice to see that his wife is trying to help. LAUGHTER

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Still going! He's still going! I just think that's one of the

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funniest things I've ever seen, my word!

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Tomorrow we have Andy Murray fighting for a place

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That will be a great match against Sam Querrey. Can he win? Of course.

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Tomorrow or the whole thing? Tomorrow, both. Roger is going to be

:59:00.:59:07.

the biggest threat but I will always be Andy's biggest fan. For you

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tomorrow, is it federal you are both looking forward to seeing? Federer

:59:12.:59:15.

and Raonic because Welbeck beat Roger last year but Roger had a bad

:59:16.:59:23.

knee and now he is playing incredibly -- because Raonic beat

:59:24.:59:27.

Roger. Today was all about the confidence, the courage and calmness

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of Konta.

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Clare Balding is your presenter for highlights of the day's play from the All England Club. Clare is joined by legends from the game of tennis to reflect on the women's quarter-final action.