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Beautiful reactions! Superb! Beautiful forehand. Nothing is
stopping her now, is there? SUE BARKER: Its 33 years since a
British woman, Jo Durie, played in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. But
today, Jo Konta will walk out onto court is one of the ten women in
contention for the final on Sunday. After eight glorious days of play at
Wimbledon, now I'm afraid the rain has arrived. We have only had about
45 minutes of play. Covers have been going on and off in the past few
hours. I think it's going to be a bit like that on the outside courts
for the rest of the day. They are being very patient and waiting. The
good news is that we do have the roof of the Centre Court. Hello and
welcome to Wimbledon. Jo Konta has a stern test on Centre Court against
the world number two, Simona Halep. But she has proved already that she
can handle the pressure moments. She did it against Donna Vekic and again
yesterday against Caroline Garcia. It promised to be a fantastic day of
tennis. Venus Williams, the five-time champion, has overcome
personal difficulties to reach the quarterfinals. But she is facing
potentially her toughest test yet. Against the 20-year-old French Open
champion, Jelena Ostapenko. She was just a few weeks old when Venus made
her Wimbledon debut in 1997. Another French Open champion, Garbine
Muguruza, was a finalist here two years ago and made the last eight by
knocking out the number one, Angelique Kerber. Muguruza faces
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has been in terrific form this year
and hasn't yet dropped a set at Wimbledon. Coco Vandeweghe by the
24th seed but she's become many people's outside tip for the title.
It is her second quarterfinal appearance here, and she says she is
playing with confidence. And so is her opponent today, the unseeded
Magdalena Rybarikova, who was also a convincing win up when the two met
at Roland Garros this year. -- a convincing winner. Jo Konta is third
on Centre Court was afternoon. The expected three is already building
around the All-England Club and the atmosphere is sure to be electric --
the expectation. A win for Simona Halep would also guarantee that she
finishes the week as the new women's world number one. So much at stake
today. Well, it is ladies quarterfinals day, with a bonus on
Centre Court, a match that was played yesterday. Novak Djokovic
wasn't happy, but he's out on court against Adrian Mannarino. Two sets
up, Djokovic. Will join that match and of the moment. Then it is
Williams against Ostapenko and later, Konta against Halep. Muguruza
against Kuznetsova "Number one. -- on Court Number One. It is certainly
a day when you are very fortunate to be scheduled on Centre Court. For
all of the others playing on the outside courts, they will be looking
up to the skies and wondering where is the rain. I'll hand over to
someone who can tell us, it's Carol. Yes, indeed they will. We are
looking at showers as we go through the afternoon. There is an 80%
chance of catching a shower. In between them there will be be dry
interludes. It looks like the rain will arrive earlier than we thought.
It looks like 4pm, we can see the onset of that ring. When it sets in,
it will be heavy and persistent. Under that rain it is noticeably
cooler than the last few days. The rain will last into the evening.
Heavy bursts in that. It's not until tomorrow morning, but early tomorrow
morning, that it clears away from Wimbledon. Then high pressure builds
on and things settle down nicely. There will be a lot of sunshine and
highs tomorrow into the low 20s. Thursday's looking pretty good as
well. Well, there is some good news. It looks like we will get about two
hours' play before that rain. Maybe they will be moving the ladies
quarters onto centre this afternoon, who knows. Novak Djokovic is on
centre because of the four-hour 48 minute epic match between Rafa Nadal
and Gilles Muller. This was match point, Gilles Muller polling of the
biggest win of his career at the age of 34. Rafa threw everything at him
but Muller stood tall. The are from Rafa meant that it is Muller who
goes through to the last date here at Wimbledon. And it is another sad
farewell for the two-time champion, Rafael Nadal. -- the last eight.
Take nothing away from this victory, Gilles Muller served well and held
his nerve, keeping the break points away from Rafa. And the crowd that
were there gave a standing ovation for both players because it was a
very, very special match. It had it all, drama all the way. And very
sportsmanlike. Rafa waited for his opponent and sign autographs before
the leading court, he is a class act as well -- before leaving court. Out
"Number one late yesterday. -- court number one. On Centre Court, Novak
Djokovic has just taken the second set. This is how he did it in the
second set tie-break. 6-5 up. Mannarino does challenge that serve.
That is a big draw that tells you Djokovic means business on Centre
Court. -- a big draw. It was challenged by Mannarino and it was
good, Djokovic is 2-0 up. It is the early stages of the third set.
Mannarino has held serve and Djokovic is serving at 40-30. Let's
joint John Lloyd and John Inverdale for this one.
COMMENTATOR: Well, the entertainment level remains high.
Lots of little subplots here. Djokovic's unhappiness with the
state of the court. Some really extravagant attempted drop shots by
the Frenchman, some of which are more successful than others. And
Djokovic two sets to the good, and what a piece in the third -- won a
piece in the third. What was that exactly? Talk me
through that, John? I thought he was going to kick the ball! You thought
it was going out, then he suddenly thought, no it's not. Then he very
nearly had to go to A! And it is the wonder of the scoring
system in ten is that in 20 seconds suddenly 0-30 and this could be the
game right here -- in ten seconds. Played that well. Entertaining. The
shots that he's hit between his legs... They're not realistic to
actually win the point, but it's fun to watch. He is thinking, those are
the sort of shot I was playing a few years back.
Well played. That is Novak in Grand Slam winning mode. And yet again,
Mannarino under pressure on his serve. Two break points to the
number two seed. Andre Agassi looks on. His expression remarkably
unchanged. You wouldn't know if Novak was two
sets up or two sets down by Agassi's face! That's fantastic! That's the
raw of a champion. A 12 times Grand Slam winner. I'm 13 at Wimbledon
this year. -- I'm 13. It's just outstanding, isn't it? The
balance, how low he stays on this court, the way he gets down on the
ball and still control it and the emotion he is showing today. This is
a good sight to see. I is following, tracking the ball as it goes past
his opponent. At last! Andre Agassi saying, yeah, not bad. That's all of
the yoga and Pilates and everything else! But it is that players and
your irate didn't really do. -- in your year rut didn't do. I'm being
nice that! It's a different ball game now. It's been a strange match,
he's had so many mixed emotions out here. The crowd have loved it,
though. Nobody knows what to expect in some ways. I think we know what
to expect in terms of the result, but the ways of going about it,
we've all been a bit surprised. There's been probably ten shots in
this match ten rallies that you would put in by, well, or the top of
Wimbledon. Any show real, certainly, if you are advertising the sport.
It's just been a riveting match, if now a bit one-sided, with Djokovic
two sets and a break up and eyeing the quarterfinal tomorrow.
And an ace on the second serve for good measure.
APPLAUSE Beautifully timed. I'm not saying
that big serving as isn't entertaining, but we've only had six
aces in this match and that has been a contributory factor in it being
such an engaging and entertaining contest.
Big serving is kind of like, everything in moderation, isn't it?
Exactly. When you get to the stage with some of the matches which we've
seen where you're just going side to side and nobody touches the ball,
then it's a bit tough. A mixture is good, but when it's one-way traffic
it can get a bit... The same. Yes. GASPS
Oh! I was about to say that the net for the first time today was an
Mannarino's side, and then decided that it definitely wasn't.
And almost there. I think the umpire is calling for the doctor again for
Djokovic. He just said something in the last game. It's a bit of a
strange time to call for one, really. Not far away from winning,
you would think. Those are the questions for the press pack in the
conference afterwards. You know, letter a, what's wrong, B, what
about the court? Well, heeded welfare. -- he did well
there. Just a couple of moments in that rally where he could have taken
the ball coming in and he didn't. You have to work so hard to win
every point. CROWD GASPS
That's the first serve and volley, I'm talking about in the rallies,
not serve and volley. You can see him looking up at his
box. I told them that was a stupid idea!
Djokovic was about to take off for this one and he slipped. Decided,
no, not going to bother. APPLAUSE
Terrific forehand from Mannarino! Hanging on in there.
Enjoying the Centre Court experience, to court is really
enjoying him, too. -- and the Centre Court. This is different now. This
is the arm of Djokovic. Before it looked like it was just a headache
or something, because he didn't... Didn't touch anything, just many
differing around. I saw him do that -- just manoeuvring around. Hitting
the second serve, he touched his arm. I didn't think much of it, but
right away he called for the doctor and the physio to come out. That's
not a good sign, particularly when you have to play back-to-back
matches as well. If he gets through this one, which presumably he will.
Yes, this may be one of those moments when the fact that an
opportunity, maybe with a small O, to play this match last night, it
wasn't taken, it may actually come back to bite all concerned.
Mannarino is out, ready to go, Djokovic going back now.
And Mannarino would have seen that and thought, well, you know, if he
is 98%, if I can just get into this game... Maybe we're not done and
dusted yet. To the untutored eye, that shot
looked OK there. Oh! Some of these rallies have been
just an absolute joy. They didn't stay any lower than they
had to on these shots. How did he make that?
You'd pay good money to watch Mannarino, wouldn't you?
Well, Djokovic is like the marathon runner.
Two or three minutes clear at the 24 mile mark and he just wants to get
the last two miles done and dusted. And somewhere in the women's locker
room, Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko you would think are going
through a last few warm up exercises. They'll be thinking about
that women's quarterfinal before too long.
But Mannarino's going to keep him waiting just a little bit longer.
STUDIO: Djokovic now just two game away from going through to the last
date. They continue under the roof on Centre Court. I'm pleased to say
that play is continuing out on Court Number One. No rain at the moment.
It is all going Garbine Muguruza's way at the moment. 4-1 up against
that Lana Kuznetsova. Muguruza is a former finalist here and played so
well against Kerber. That match is over on BBC Two. But here on Centre
Court, oh, it just looks painful. This is worrying for Djokovic bands.
He needed some tablets in the first few games -- Djokovic fans. Now he
has a shoulder in Drew. Anyway, we'll see. He's two game from going
through. Ouch! I don't think I could do that! Anyway, back we go to John
and John. COMMENTATOR: A medical time-out has
been called now. Jelena Ostapenko and Venus Williams are going to have
to wait a bit longer, come what may. That clearly indicates that it is
perhaps a bit more serious than we thought. I'm not so sure that this
is the same thing that he took the pills or whatever he did at the
beginning, I think this is different. I saw him wince on a
serve a couple of games ago. I think it's different, I'm not sure, but I
think so. The bottom line is, this is not a good sign for him. Firstly
he has to get through this much. And would not 24 hours rest, this, you
know, is obviously a bedtime for him. We don't care how -- a bad time
for him. We don't know how bad it is but he looks in a lot of pain. This
is the postponement of the 24 hours, it really is. I was watching the
Nadal- Mola game last night sitting next to a Serbian television
journalist who wanted that game to go on and on and on committee said,
because from a TV point of view in Serbia, I hadn't realised what a big
cafe society Belgrade is, but apparently it was 37 degrees in
Belgrade yesterday. He said, the late of the Nadal game goes, the
later Djokovic is going to be on, and the more fantastic the audience
figures are going to be. Every cafe in Belgrade is going to be out in
big screens watching Novak. Of course, he didn't go out on court.
This guy said, what's going on?! This is our big moment!
Well, whatever the medical state of play that Novak is in at the moment,
he needs just eight more points to book a place in the last eight.
Slowed the ball up. Mannarino should have done a bit better with that,
that passing shots really had a lot of time.
Well, that second set tie-break may well prove to have been the key
moment in this match. Mannarino led 4-2 in that when they changed ends.
Three errors, a second set to Djokovic and potentially now a
third. Although... Beautifully played. Yes, a volley like that from
the Frenchman. You wonder why he doesn't come in more. That's a
really good forehand volley there. APPLAUSE
Well, he has hit some sensational winners in this match, Mannarino.
Just not enough. Well, he really has hung in there.
He played a bit of a strange game to lose his serve in the third set. He
thought - well, I'll go away quite quickly after that. But he has
enjoyed himself. Plus the sight of Djokovic getting treatment, it
always helps you when you are playing someone and you see that
going on, but for Novak Djokovic, this is a game where - although
obviously very experienced, I'm sure he won't - but sometimes when you
have an injury, you see the finishing line, you rush, you want
to get off the court so badly, get the treatment and get off the court.
But, it is an old cliche, but he has to take it one point at a time.
Well, Djokovic has been in this situation so many times for more
than a decade now. A big match, on the biggest stage. One time step
required. -- one final step required.
He's been a real road runner today, Mannarino.
Well, we've had a cocktail of headache pills, manipulation,
arguments with the court, but ultimately, match point.
CROWD GASPS CROWD GASPS
UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic challenged the call. At the baseline, the ball was
called out. Well a fabulous rally. I have a feeling it was in. No, just
missed it. Mr Djokovic has two challenges remaining. So, two match
points have gone abegging. Mannarino hanging in there.
But he will curse not getting that ball back in play. So, for the third
time, here's Novak Djokovic, serving for the place in the Wimbledon
quarterfinals. UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic has challenged
the call. The ball was called out. Well, he is still man overing his
shoulder. There is clearly something wrong there. But he's going to have
to fire down at least one more serve before he can get it seen to.
UMPIRE: Game, set, match, Djokovic. Well a hugely entertaining match.
3-0 sets. And Tomas Berdych awaits and Roger
Federer lurks in the bushes and Andy Murray is on the horizon. And
there's a long way to go before Novak Djokovic reaches the top of
the mountain once again but he is still climbing and he'll have his
39th Grand Slam quarterfinal tomorrow.
And there's a lot of work to be done, clearly, for Novak between now
and that quarterfinal with Berdych to. A lot of work on that shoulder.
So fundamental to a tennis player's armoury. Here he is, he has been
centred throughout the match of various states of parts of Centre
Court and drawing the umpire's attention there to, well, not
exactly a molehill but clearly an indentation that the ground staff
will want to do something about and even more than that, the baseline at
the far end, the royal box end, has caused concern for the former
champion here, as the players leave the court and if a lot didn't know
much about Adrian Mannarino before today, they'll take away very fond
memories. He played his part in a hugely-entertaining match, that
lasted for two and aurt quaer hours. Great counter-punching from the
baseline and great dexterity at the net as well on the odd occasion when
he found his way there. But ultimately, his first Grand Slam
quarterfinal has eluded him. And Djokovic, after the mandatory
programme, cap, ball-signing, and also a few selfies with the Chelsea
Pensioners. And he is smiling as well. Novak's
PR machine is very good but actually he really does get the requirements
of a top tennis player and certainly to see, to spend a week, not exactly
in his company but aware of his existence at Eastbourne a couple of
weeks ago, you realise the huge charm offensive that he is engaging
in at the moment, but also, he can be very, very charming and
entertaining company and a lot of residents at Eastbourne couldn't
believe how much time he willingly gave to them, to engage talking
about tennis but not just tennis, other things as well. So, while the
Centre Court crowd disperse and,back for the two women's quarterfinals
that are going to take place this after, first up it is Venus Williams
up against, Jelena Ostapenko and then Jo Konta against Simona Halep,
there is confirmation of the score: Two hours and 15 minutes. Novak,
after the frustrations of yesterday not being able to get on the court
it must have been good to get off over in a straightforward manner? It
was a long, tough day today for both of us, waiting for
over in a straightforward manner? It was a long, tough day today for both
of us, waiting for an entire day for us to get on the court. It is what
it is. We got on to court today. I'm glad we were at least scheduled it
play on Centre Court which meant that even regardless of, if it rains
or not, we are going to finish the match. I am glad it is all done, and
looking forward to the next one. It appears you are continuing in had
rich vein of form that we have seen over the last few weeks? I have not
dropped a set on grass yet, Eastbourne and here. I am' feeling
good on court and I'm motivated to get as far as I can in the
tournament. It is one of my favourite tournaments in the world.
Hopefully I'll be able to maintain the rhythm. We saw you have
treatment for your shoulder. How is it? Is it a concern going forward?
We will see. It is something I have been dragging back and forth for a
while now. But, I'm still managing to play, which is the most important
thing. Tomas Berdych next, you have a fantastic record against hirges 27
matches played, won 25. How do you view that obviously he can play on
grass, he reached a final here. Well, that year he beat me in the
semis, I think. I think it is one of his most preferred services. He
looks grass, a big game, a big serve and forehand. He plays very flat. He
has been around for many years, he is an established top ten player. He
understands and knows the occasion of playing big matches on the big
courts. Matches are getting tougher and tougher. There are no clear
favourites. I'll try and give it my best. Finally a word on the court
and how it is playing, I saw you point out to the umpire it is
cutting up a bit. Is that a worry? Well, during the match I mentioned a
hole in the middle of the court, below the service line. And well, he
just asked me to show him and I did. You know, he was not very pleased to
see that. Courts honestly are the not that great this year. You know
many players feel the same but it is what it is. The weather also affects
the grass. The grass court, groundsmen, I'm sure they know their
job, the best in the world but the grass is probably the most complex
surface to maintain. It's not easy. They are trying their best. But, you
know, I've played on Bert courts. We wish you well in the next round. SUE
BARKER: Well no sooner was he off court than the ground staff were on
court filling in that. And coach, Agassi will be anxious to get that
over. He probably lost a lot of nervous energy yesterday waiting.
But he was out here today and he wanted a straight sets win and he
got T Djokovic is through. Now the buzz, we turn our attention to
ladies quarterfinals day and we have Venus Williams up against Jelena
Ostapenko in a moment. Martina is here. How many titles in total at
Wimbledon? 20. Just the 20. I was trying to count how many doubles and
mixed and everything and John Lloyd is with us. First your opinion on
Novak and his form? He has been fired up. He had to get the fire
back. As I said before, tennis is a fiery sport. You have to have the
fire in the belly to react to the ball and be passionately involved in
the game. You cannot go for a nice little meditation during the match.
It doesn't work. Actually I did meditate for a while. I had to stop.
I was too peaceful. I had to stop that. You have to be fired up and
Novak has that fire in the belly again. It is great to see. There
were some mighty roars for that. I loved that. As Martina said, we need
to see that, we need more of that. It has been flat. It is not his
game. It is mental that caused him the problems. He has been flat.
Maybe all the wins he has had. When you see him like that, going a bit
crazy at times, he loves t the crowd loves it, it shows he is back and
complaining, that's not bad either. At least he has the purpose to win
the title. I'm just hearing the ripples now. You can probably here
the players are out. Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko on Centre
Court. What a lovely match this is to look forward to. So much
experience with Venus Williams five times the champion here. But for the
third match in a row, up against the youngest player left in the
tournament. Very exciting, fearless, Ostapenko. We'll talk more on that
in a moment but, John, briefly, his comments on the court. That will not
please the organisers. Well you know you have a problem when winners are
complaining, when losers are complaining, you can say - whatever.
You can see it. You can see the problems on the baseline. That is
sort of normal but now it is inside the court and even in the service
box. There are definite marks as you can see here. It is not good. We
have a lot more days left in this tournament. It is worrying. The
grass sometimes gets slipped on as much, but nowadays the players don't
dive ni. It is like they hit a 5-iron off the surface. Several
players that have been winning have been saying it to me. It is a
pattern. Not sure what is going on and why, but it is worse. They claim
they are not doing anything different. It has to be the weather.
I was whoppedering how long we before we get to the weather. We
moan when it rains and when it is too hot. We just love moaning. John,
before we go, a word on Jo Konta. We have all played here at Wimbledon
under the pressure of being a British player. She seems to be
handling it so well. I was worried about some of the comments before
Wimbledon, where it looked like she was getting edgy. The turn around
for me was when she won that epic match. The crowd loved her. I think
she'll turn a corner and Mr Play now. It took time for her to love
this place but now I think she's happy. She has come through a couple
of big matches. She's handling the pressure. The crowd now, it is
difficult to play when they are moaning when you miss a shot but
when they are with you and going nuts when you hit great shot, she
has embraced that and using it to her advantage. Well thank you both
very much. We turn our attention to Venus Williams against Jelena
Ostapenko. Venus, so much experience, playing here at
Wimbledon since 1997. COMMENTATOR: What a lovely moment it
is. It really has been the most
incredible journey, hasn't it? Even in 1997 she bounced on and was
winning matches from the word go. Five years ago, we didn't think she
would still be playing. Here she is getting to the finals of the
Australian Open and a good chance to win here. My hat off it Venus, every
time she found out about her syndrome. Auto immune system Yes,
you can't fix it but you can try to manage it. She obviously has been
managing it but emotionally to deal with that and get out there every
day to keep trying and now she could win another Slam, it is amazing.
What is it? Nine years ago was the last time she lifted it. She has
only been number 1 for 14 weeks in her career but won so many Majors.
This is her favourite surface. She is serving big and playing better
with each match. And dealing with everything happening back in
America, with the car crash that happened, where the gentlemen died.
She's able to focus on the court For tennis players, when things are
going well you want to play tennis because you feel good and if it is
not, this is great escape. We have to compartmentalise, and all the
champions do that, you have to put your mind on the moment. Venus is a
champion that can do that. Such a big serve, a weapon here. This last
match, she was firing and winning a high percentage of the serves. I
think she's 59 off 70 coming to the net, which is astonishing. I would
like to see her get there more. One step and shes' there and she has the
best swing volley on the game. Great to see her winning. It is. And how
exciting it see her owe poent, Jelena Ostapenko. Lima Kenzie has
been charting her journey from Wimbledon junior champion, right
here to the last 8. As a younger, Jelena Ostapenko had a
big reputation. In 2014, she won the Wimbledon Junior Title. COMMENTATOR:
She's got it. It was amazing, to win the Grand Slam in the juniors. I did
it here. It feels very special to be back and to play again. It is
incredible. Looking back at the pictures yesterday, you look so
young and you still look so young. How much do you think you have grown
as a tennis player and a person since then? Quite a lot. I was also
watching those pictures from 2014. I really look like a baby there. Yeah,
I think I've changed a lot. But in June this year, everything changed.
She started the French Open a relative newcomer and finished a
Grand Slam champion. The first unseeded player to win Roland Garros
since 1933. I realised I won the French Open. It feels really nice. I
have more confidence but of course people are expecting more from me
now but I need to focus and get ready for every match. Ostapenko's
form has transformed from clay to grass. Reputation meant little as
she despatched the big names on her way to the quarterfinal. Of course I
have a little pressure but I'm going to take one match at a time and I'm
just going to prepare for, as I said, for every match. I like it
play on grass. I think it suits my style well. Like so many young
players, Ostapenko grew up idolising Serena, today she faces Venus,
someone who is playing at Wimbledon, the same clear that Jelena Ostapenko
was born but that won't inhibit the latest Grand Slam winner. It seems
that nothing does. SUE BARKER: It is an incredible
journey. You think in March this year she was marked 71 in the world
and won the French Open and new here. It has been meteoric. I like
this about her, feisty, firy and fearless. And it paid off French
Open. She gets upset with herself but then is ready for the next
point. I like what she said, after winning the French Open - OK I've
done a good job but now she's backed it up with getting here. I look her.
The 42 winners, she hit against sell Lena, Bishop, bash, Bosch Yes and
she is a great defender. She can match up against anybody. It will be
interesting to see if she can atake Venus. And take her opportunity in
the match. You don't think she'll be over awed by this, do you? Not at
all. She'll embrace it. Been there, done that. She loves it. Loves being
on centre stage and played her best tennis under enormous pressure at
the French Open and keeps winning three-set matches. A great
competitor. The players are getting ready. Thank you very much for
Martina. She has to go she'll be calling this match along with Nick
Mullins. NICK MULLINS: Appearing on these
lawns for the 20th year. The oldest player in the draw, playing the
youngest player left in the draw, Jelena Ostapenko. What does this
contest hold in store for us? 11th in the world. Seeded 10th in the
absence of her pregnant centre, who I'm absolutely sure will be watching
somewhere back home in Florida and we're still in the greenhouse.
They've kept the roof shut. As much as they are playing on the outside
courts, there is the threat of rain, so rather than go through the
rigmarole of opening it and closing it again in 45 minutes, they remain
under cover for this women's quarter final and Ostapenko won the toss and
invited Venus Williams to serve first. UMPIRE: Ready play.
She has achieved so much. We know she has, fairy-tale match in France.
We will forgive her a few errors. Her very first quarterfinals match
at Wimbledon against Venus Williams. It's as terrifying as it gets, I
think. This could be better or worse,
depending on how you were looking at it, if she was playing Serena
Williams rather than her sister. Serena was her hero, that is who she
watched play the most. And here she is against Venus Williams, the
five-time winner here. A tall order indeed. UMPIRE: The ball was called
in. I'm pretty sure it was in, I'm not sure why she is challenging.
She has still got two left. The umpire is from Croatia. Quick
serving from Venus Williams, three aces. It sends a message. Her mum
and sister. Five times the single champion here, pitching for a sixth
now. In 2008, she beat her sister in the final, pushed into the
semifinals last summer when she was denied another hour on the court
with her sister by Angelique Kerber. Continuing to defy the march of time
with that extraordinary run to the finals in Melbourne again at the
start of the year. That's what she does! She doesn't
hang around. Well, we talked about the power. She moved so well to take
that ball to be able to hit that forehand and controlled on the line.
That was a very good return from Venus Williams. Ostapenko in plenty
of time. No warm up here, going all out from
the get go, three aces at the start of the match. That is amazing,
actually. Well, she ain't going to get a lot
of time of my close Williams returns. Exactly, that second serve,
55 mph, she is going to have to get the first serve in all go off like
the second serve. Xie Hao Ostapenko will attack Venus's second serve,
but I think Venus will do the same here. Venus's second serve is better
than Ostapenko's second serve. Three balls into the net. Venus
hitting the ball pretty hard. Ostapenko just not getting under the
bold enough. Break point already. -- under the ball enough.
Venus's mum watching bad, Prydie happy. -- pretty happy. Blazing
start for Venus. That is her sister. Latvian sport's hottest property
right now, provider of one of the sport's stories of the year so far,
out of the blue winner in Paris last month. Trying to jog around on the
baseline, anticipate where that serve's going to go. Venus has been
using the body serve very effectively. Then you get older, you
get wiser, and you use it more and more. -- when you get older. You
don't get aces that way, but you get weak replies. Hit on that second
shot. She hasn't really got going yet. A
face that was wreathed in smiles not so long ago just a little bit of
puzzlement on it at the moment. A glimpse of a Grand Slam winning
shot. The big step for Ostapenko is to get into the rally against Venus
Williams. Killing it! Yes, she has a break and
she leads 3-0. SUE BARKER: Looking very composed
out on Centre Court, Venus Williams racing to 3-0. We will be right back
with this, but let's show you what's happening over on Court Number One.
Garbine Muguruza, the former finalist, is a set and a break up
against that Lana Kuznetsova. She just started playing at the
beginning of the year much more freely and reaching the
quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She is playing in the same
manner here, and when she's like that she is always dangerous,
Muguruza. She has the advantage out on Court Number One right now. A
couple of results to bring you. Good news for Britain's Jamie Murray and
his partner Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles. They came through in
straight sets today. 6-3, 6-4. They offer. They are very much the
favourites to win the title. Martina Hingis the winner of 17 Grand Slam
doubles titles. Of course Jamie, the former mixed doubles champion here,
two-time men's doubles Grand Slam champion, everybody loving that
victory out there. Oh, Judy and Carol! Well, she just gave us the
weather and she has hotfooted it down to court number do. I'm sure
they were talking all things Strictly while they were watching!
That was on Court Number Two. Of an court number three, this is a big
upset. The Brits are through. Ken Skupski and his brother, Neal, are
through. They are through to the next round. That's what's been
happening elsewhere. Back we go, and it is 15- 02 Ostapenko. -- 15-0.
COMMENTATOR: Talking about Venus Williams making her Wimbledon debut,
a Elaine Ostapenko was a fortnight old. 15 days to be precise. Born in
June the 8th 1997. How many hours by Lexmark that is funny. I ran into
that at the end of my career, it's just peculiar when that happens.
Ostapenko, you know you are old when you are older than your opponent's
mother, or about the same age! A lovely touch from Ostapenko. You can
see that backspin. It looks like Jelena will get on the board here.
Dominant play from Williams. Then immediately behind the return of
serve. Venus's shot selection has been excellent going forward when
she has the time. Not too much, just enough. Outstanding so far.
And that was not a bad serve. She needs to put a bit of slice on it.
When Venus moves towards the ball, she is deadly, she loves to be on a
stretch, one step ahead. She needs to make her body move away from the
ball. It's tricky, though, if you don't hit that body serve just
right, you're a sitting duck, pretty much.
I love the way she plays. On top, Martina, she kind of plays without a
care in the world. She hits every ball like it might be her last. She
doesn't let life pass her by when she's on the court, does she, she
takes every opportunity. Every point, and she's ready to go. You
can see her mum there with the blunt her. You can tell that mum. -- with
the blonde hair. With her coach, it's been a great partnership so
far, I have to say. Anabel Medina Grigar is on the left,
a former top 20 player, only we simply retired, three years ago. Mum
Jelena. -- only recently retired. It is a Slavic thing, to name your kids
after you. It's quite common. It can get confusing, though. Great serving
from Venus Williams. I have another question about Slavic names, but we
might leave that until a little bit later. It's to do with what we
really ought to call Jelena Ostapenko. You're looking a key
statistic on the board, what's catching your eye? The percentage of
Venus serves, she has 64, but their deadly when they go in. Winning
eight out of nine points. Of course, it's not how many double
fault you hit, but when you hit them. You can't throw away a second
serve, go for more. Williams 4-1 with the brakes, first
set. So, there's Jelena, or is it?
Because we found out over the last couple of days that actually her
family and her friends have always called her Aliona. Which is what
everybody in Riga calls her, back home. It is what her mum Jelena
calls her. Mum and that wanted to give her a name which had its roots
in Ukraine, which is important to the family. But you can probably
explain this better than me, Martina, but they wouldn't have been
legally recognised as a name in Latvia because they have what is
called naming days, can you explain that? Yes, I think France does it
too. There are improved names that you have to give your kid to go with
your heritage. The Soviets of course are very big on rules. There was a
certain amount of names that you could get. My mum gave me Martina,
there were no Martinas, it was accepted but it was an unusual name
back then. You have to give an approved name, but then you can call
your kid whatever you want. It's fascinating study if they had a
choice, they would have named her Aliona, but they were not allowed.
The umpire yesterday called her Aliona. She said, it's the first
time in a match and umpire had called her Aliona, and she was
filled with it. -- she was thrilled with it.
And just to finish that story, Martina, the Latvians have been so
taken with what she's achieved in recent times that from henceforth
on, August 18 will be Aliona day. It is an official name now. It will be,
brilliant. Yes, because every day has a name attached to it. So if it
is your name day, you celebrate it. Suburbs you get a take and some
sweets. You get your birthday, and you get a name day. -- sometimes you
get a birthday take. That's heavy duty stuff. I wonder if she will
change her name officially or not. Venus will always be Venus. And
she's always been that good! Yes, she pounced on that short ball.
She's inside the baseline for the second serve return. She is ready to
spring forward, as she did there. Hard enough, but a little short.
Ostapenko perhaps finding her bearings here little bit. Holding
on. Interesting to look at the speed that Venus Williams is returning
that serve, an indication of how much harder she's hitting it today.
That is a big difference on both serves, 5-6 mph. That is a good
chunk of change, always coming back much, much quicker. You'd better be
ready after that serve. You know, when I was standing on the
court with Sue, I've played on this court with the roof closed, but it
didn't occur to me that this is the only indoor court without lights on!
I mean, you don't need lights during the day, you get enough light coming
through the roof, it's very peculiar. It's a funny sensation.
It's not as funny as watching tennis on this court with you! It feels
like I'm watching tennis in your back garden, it's your court,
really, along with one or two other courts! I don't mind sharing it with
a slew of other greats. It's just nice to be part of it. Venus does
not like to challenge, she has to be pretty sure she's right before she
challenges a call. No throwaway challenges for her.
Ostapenko not moving forward at all on that ball. Perhaps too much
respect for that Williams serve. She usually stays inside the baseline
also to return that second serve. Venus's coaches, David on the far
left has been with her for years and years.
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: New balls, please.
He will be extremely satisfied with what he's seen thus far, Martina.
Venus is just dominating when she gets that first serve in. Six
winners, six and forced, she's forced a lot of errors, but most of
what she's getting on top of the Ostapenko second serve and starting
the rallies really well. Did you hear Novak Djokovic talking after
his win 15 or 20 minutes ago about the state of the court, Martina,
about the divots and the holes and a lot of conversation about the state
of the courts all over this wonderful complex over the last week
or so. Here on Centre Court, the worst he could ever remember,
Djokovic, he said to us afterwards, it's been a tough old job for Neil
Stubley, the head groundsman. Normally the court gets worn out
into that he ought yellow dead grass and then it's dirt, but it is still
steady and flat for the most part. But these divots, I've never seen
the grounds people so busy after the match replacing the divots. I mean,
you just don't get divots here. There's got to be something that's
going on. The weather affecting it all the grass. I guess it didn't
change the composition of the grass... Alastair Cook. He had no
worries about the pitch on Lord's at Sunday, finishing in double quick
time against South Africa. Ostapenko serving to stay in this first set. I
wonder what the court would be like if we have the old serve and volley
game, it would be dug up that much more, especially around the service
line. It's tricky out there. Some holes in the court that shouldn't be
there, you feel like you could almost bring your ankle when you
step into it. That's dangerous at that point. -- sprain your ankle.
Yes, I know that the grounds folk like lots of people will have been
up and down the country on Sunday pending the lawns, doing what they
can do to put water on it. They've got their hands full this year.
The youngest remaining player in the draw. She came through some is the
key matches to reach the quarterfinals. There nearly beaten
by the Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in the second. She needed
eight match points before seeing of the fourth seed, Elina Svitolina,
yesterday. That was an impressive win. She was
one of the favourites at the French Open. Ostapenko won the whole thing
there. A much admired player here, Ostapenko beat her in the second
week of a bold. I think it was the first, second week. To lean as well.
Isn't that great, lots of names for occasional tennis folk to conjure
with now. They've known about this woman for a
while. Yes, she's hitting that second serve return. Again, you're
better really stretching her out wide. One step Venus is a dangerous
Venus. Four out of 12 on second serve for
Ostapenko. That's not good enough. Nicely done. She did well to get up
to that ball. She has a pretty flat ground strokes, when the court is
short for her she has two either find the net or hit long because she
just has so little margin of error with that ball. She would much
rather be hitting the ball from just behind the baseline them in front of
it. Smart play by Ostapenko. A little
smile on her face. Is that the first we've seen of the match? That will
calm the nerves in the box as well. And it means that Venus Williams
will have to serve for this first set.
She has another challenge. Is she going to? It was out, I probably
wouldn't be challenging. She's pretty steady out there. Of course
Venus has three challengers left. I would just calm myself down by
challenging, but it was well out. Oh! That's what I mean. Fantastic
return. Venus did really well just to get the ball into play. Not only
did she get it into play, she got it low and short, the great hand from
behind her foot. Ostapenko can't roll it up to clear the net.
She really should be 0-30. It changes the whole feel of the game
for Venus Williams. Instead she goes for the big serve, breathing much
easier. We've been on court for very nearly
half an hour. Ostapenko has wrestled her way more and more into this
contest. But it might have come too late for this first set.
A little shake of the head. A quizzical look back down at the
court. But it's what happens on grass. You sometimes don't get the
bounce your expecting. Williams has won the first set 6-3. Exactly, the
ball bounced straight up, that is grass court tennis, that's what
happens when the ball hit the line. What a fantastic set from Venus
Williams. Solid as a rock serving. 16% of the first serves in. Winning
80% of the points. It's hard to find an opening. Ostapenko only got to
30, that was it. A break point. But she kind of clawed her way into the
match, holding her serve three times. She has to find a way to get
into the Venus Williams serve. Big serve, big returns, big strike of
the ball. Let's have a look at some numbers.
We've mentioned one or two already, Martina.
First serves in, and obvious disparity at the moment from a
Latvian point of view. Exactly, the unforced errors are not too bad for
Ostapenko. She has been in the plus for the tournament and Venus in the
minors. She has been winning the points and backing up the second
serve. That has been Ostapenko's and he'll is healed, not getting enough
first serves in and losing too many points on the second serve. Order of
the day number one, hold serve. Order of the day number two, and try
to find a way to break Williams's serve.
And that's why trying to get into the semifinals of Wimbledon is a
devil of a job. Second round in 2015. First round in
2016. Quarterfinalist in 2017. There are some players who hit it
hard but it fizzles out when it comes over the net, like in
Badminton, it goes fast first but then it slows down, hers carries
through the court really well. The half-volley off the baseline. It
is a dangerous proposition. You are not going to get a true bounce. So
you are really taking a chance. Better to back up and save some
time. Do you know, we batter you with lots
of stats and statistics these days but the most astonishing stat or
statistics to come out of Roland Garros last month was she was
hitting, on average, her forehand, faster than Andy Murray was. That
says everything about the shot. I think she has the fourth hardest
forehand, period. I think Nadal, Del Potro and one other man hit it
harder than she was, in front of Andy Murray and anyone else in the
field. That was a great shot. I thought Venus hit a winner there.
She gives it a wallop. A big swing on the return of serve and it is
hard to adjust to the bounce. The fall was short and slow for Venus'
first serve but that big swing, hard to control.
It is one of those statistics you talk about when you go down the pub
at night, isn't it? They are the best.
Well, this woman, the sliced forehand return. She's thinking out
there. Whether she is thinking about changing it up, but she has the
ability to do it. Putting in the spin and drawing the error from
Williams. Well t sounded like a rock
conterrorist, battle of the drummers underneath the roof on Centre Court
right now and she's got break point. - a rock concert. Great foot work.
Just little stutter steps, getting into perfect position. The fist
break point of the match for Ostapenko.
When it comes off, you break, when it doesn't, maybe going for too much
but that was just a fantastic evident from Venus Williams.
And what is notable about the best players at points like that,
Martina, they don't take a step backwards, they take a step forwards
Exactly. I've not seen Venus hit the ball
this hard in a long time. Venus plays fast. Jelena also plays
fast. This is when champions strike right back, when they escape,
somehow, for some reason, that next game, you see a lot of breaks.
Venus Williams is covering the court beautifully today.
She needs to develop more spin on the ground shots, Martina, to
challenge long-term here, do you think? That certainly is the next
step for her. It is a must. Of course, she's 20. Plenty of time.
She has to negotiate three break points against her name here,
however. 37 Venus. The oldest player to get
this far at Wimbledon in a Grand Slam for 23 years, Martinia. The
oldest player since... That would've been me - '94. I would have to say
that Venus and Serena said - we'll never play in our 30s and here they
are in their late 30s, really dominating. Serena became pregnant
while number 1 and will no doubt be coming back and Venus, I think,
could get to number 5 if she wins the tournament. Absolutely. I don't
need to tell you this, you know this, Martina, beat Novotina that
day. There is Max Whitlock, the gymnast who just got married.
Congratulations to Mr and Mr Whitlock. We are constantly trying
to put what Venus Williams is achieving, is still doing, into some
kind of perspective. And with a break of serve, here she is, and
having won the first set, 2-1 up in the second.
And frustration starting to boil over here. She can't get the racket
near it. Venus seems to be playing even
faster between points, not letting Ostapenko breathe. The combination
of the Williams' power and Paddington stares across the box
from Ostapenko. The average speed of Williams' first
serve in this match has been 107 miles per hour. The average speed.
She moved up to another level yesterday and is keeping it up
today. She has her confidence, feeling the rhythm. And when you
have it, use it. What a wonderful scene. Strr court,
under the roof -- Centre Court, under the roof. The greenhouse
effect, given the dreadful weather forecast around these parts today.
And we are nice and dry and warm here on Centre.
Ah. 40 years since Virginia took tea with the Queen. Jo Konta on next
guest Simona Halep. 1984, Jo Durie. She's starting to feel at home on
this Centre Court again, Ostapenko. Finding her rhythm.
One of the things we've always admired or certainly over the last
12 months about Jelena Ostapenko, are the fast feet that were
developed on the dance floor she tells us. She took ballroom dancing
lessons for about seven years. It was only recently she decided she
wanted to be a tennis player rather than a dancer. She is still only 20,
we have to keep reminding ourselves. She will appreciate that, Darcy
bustle on the left-hand side. It is all about developing skills as a
world class dancer. It is interesting, isn't it? I know you
talk a lot about this, about how the transferrable skills from one
discipline can be brought on to a tennis court. Well the biggest thing
you get in dancing, you have to know what every single body part is
doing, so complete body control. And that can transfer into whatever
technique you need in a tennis court. In tennis, it doesn't matter
what the body is doing, as long as the contact is right. But if you
have good technique, it helps. Ostapenko knows all about the body
control. Once you tell her, what she has to do, I think she'll be able to
do it. Other than the quick feet, that can make a huge difference, of
course. Well she overcooked that volley a
little bit. I think we should just do away with
the let, just play the ball. There is an event in Milan in
November where they are going to do away with the let calls and
experiment with one or two things as well on the men's tour. A little bit
of on-court coaching. The let call is just an outdated rule. There is
no reason for it. The quality of the ball striking
from both has been exceptional. Hitting the ball pretty clean, both
of them. Ostapenko with a little more power. Just so clean in the
middle of the racket. Well, well, well. Her coach and her
mum watch none admiration. The other mum, a little less so. The first
hiccup there from Venus Williams. She's been improving on her serve.
Just one break point the whole match. The Ostapenko position, I
think just gave Venus pause on that second serve. She's trying to be
brave on the service positions and working hard on the anticipation.
Not taking it for granted that Williams will dominate. So back on
serve in the second set, 3-3. Snr is there anyone smarter on
Centre Court today? That's a touch of genius. That's the
touch of a very special player Yes, she doesn't seem to want to be at
the net but when she gets there she has the confidence it get
imaginative. And this is great hands there. She's in trouble - she got
out of it. Venus Williams is backing up a
little bit on court. Now the openings are bigger for Jelena.
She is flat bang in the middle of this scrap, Jelena Ostapenko.
SUE BARKER: And when the youngster gets momentum she's hard to stop.
We'll be right back. But on Court One. Garbine Muguruza took her place
in the last four, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wonderful tennis out on
Court One. More power play from both sides of the net. Coach, Martinez
delighted with Muguruza who goes through 6-3, 6-4. Although she had a
dip in form after winning the French Open last year, she is really back
to her best again. She will be back for the semifinals,
Rybarikova or Vandeweghe. That match is on BBC Two. We'll keep you
up-to-date on BBC One as well. So back to centre.
NICK MULLINS: Where are we Martina? Are we seeing a significant shift in
the tides here, or a temporary one? MARTINA NAVRATILOVA? It's hard to
tell. I think it could be temporary. We'll see what happens.
A nice comfortable hold for Venus, it put the pressure back on
Ostapenko. Serve at 85 miles per hour. Given
the treatment by the Latvian. That serve a little faster, 113. Won
her the point. Won her the game. Hard to tell from the Williams' camp
that she is actually winning this match.
UMPIRE: Miss Ostapenkochallenges the call. The ball was called out.
You have to admire her spunk. She's fearless. Fearless tennis.
Big swings across the service line, but she makes it.
Not by much. UMPIRE: Mrs Ostapenko has one
challenge remaining. UMPIRE: Game Miss Ostapenko. She's
moved within a game of squaring things up set-wise. Unforced errors
and winners, Ostapenko is 20-14 positive. Veens 12 winners, 14
unforced. On paper, Ostapenko is winning this match. Just looking at
that number. She needs to get a few more first serves in. But she's
picked it up in the second set. Average net clearance as well. #
She's gambling a bit more. That's how she's playing. She plays very
low over the net. So that window is very shallow. Particularly when
she's inside the baseline. She's always walking dangerously there,.
The girl who created Latvian tennis history at Roland Garros. Up against
somebody who has been creating tennis history for much of her
career. She's not on her own. He is safely
through to the men's quarter finals. He beat Adrian Mannarino in three
sets, in the rescheduled match that started at mid-day here onEr isser.
-- here on Centre. The main business of the day is the women's quarter
finals. All of a sudden things get much
closer for Venus Williams than she would like. Comfortably ahead now,
she's just three points from the possibility of losing the set.
98mph second serve comes back with interest. Ostapenko really picking
tup here, the last three games. Played here for the first time in
1973. How did you deal with matches like this early on in your career,
when you were the second favourite? What was the approach? It's great,
there is no pressure. I'm supposed to lose, so I can go all out.
Everybody's got different pressures. For Venus, how many more times will
she be in this position. It's when you know your time is running out,
it becomes very precious. Ostapenko could be here 15 more
times. That's the way she plays. He coach
knows that. Her mum knows that. Her mum used to be her coach.
A joint coaching team now. It's working pretty well
What a great job she did bringing that break point down. No sign of
nerves there. S Now forcing the error from Ostapenko.
UMPIRE: Game Ms Williams. Venus Williams bouncing around inside the
baseline, taking control of this quarter final.
I feel like the net is getting in the way too much for Ostapenko. She
hits such a low mile. When you get nervous you decelerate a bit. She
hit three balls into the net. She's not happy.
20 unforced errors. It isn't her coaches hitting the
ball into the net. No. They're the ones who bear the brunt of it. Two
solid games from Venus Williams, back to the wall a bit there.
Displayed really solid tennis. 15-30 and three first
30-30, Ostapenko missed that return that would have been a winner. She
miss today wide. That's all she wrote. Now Venus Williams serving
for the match and a place in the semis once again.
At a time when a lot of us would have thought she'd have been beyond
it, she's still pushing for Grand Slam semifinals, Grand Slam finals.
Here she is once more serving for a place in the last four of Wimbledon.
What a serve. 98mph. A lot of slice. The ball stayed low. Ostapenko that
big swing, will never catch up. Where did this end up? Right by his
nose. The ageless Venus Williams at the
age of 37 for another Wimbledon semifinal.
UMPIRE: Game, set and match Miss Williams.
A month on from Paris, there will be no London fairy-tale for Jelena
Ostapenko. But Venus Williams continuing to take care of business.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE What an athlete. What a performer
and what a champion. Maybe a champion again on Saturday. She is
in there shaking her fists. She's the only one that's done it before.
That really pays off. Ostapenko has done a good job here getting into
the second week. Not sure whether the umpire is telling her to wait.
Don't know if she knows the protocol. Venus Williams has done it
before. Nobody else in the tournament has won Wimbledon before.
Until you win it the first time, you don't know whether you can. That
kind of doubt can when you're on the court and Venus Williams here for
the sixth time. Whatever happens between now and Saturday afternoon,
she'll be back in the world's top ten on Monday, when the rankings are
out. Denise Lewis amongs those in the Royal Box lending their support.
A quick word for Ostapenko. She's not going to win this one, but we
saw enough out there to underline again the talent that she has. She's
20 years old. She's just getting started. Fantastic win at the French
Open. She needs to shorten up some swings for faster playing grass and
improve her second serve. Sky's the limit for that woman. She has a good
attitude. She knows what to do on the court. We'll see her again. But
it is Venus who moves on to Thursday's semifinal. She's won it
6-3, 7-5. SUE BARKER: What a performance from the five-time
champion here, Venus Williams through to her tenth Wimbledon
semifinal. Looking for her first title for nine years. I tell you, if
you would bet against it, after that match, like all great champions, you
need to pace yourself through the draw and get better with every
match. She certainly is doing that. She's dismissed a very difficult
opponent today in the big hitting Latvian, Jelena Ostapenko. So Venus
Williams takes a bow on Centre Court here at Wimbledon, through to the
last four again. Venus and Jelena leave Centre Court. There's a buzz
around here, next up, guess what, it is Britain's number one against the
world number two. # You don't have to be rich to be my
girl... # Simona Halep certainly knows what it
is to play a quarter final in a Grand Slam. It's the first Wimbledon
quarter final for Johanna Konta. How will she deal the pressure and
expectation. We've been looking at her journey right the way through to
the Wimbledon last eight. Johanna Konta was born in Sydney to
Hungarian parents. She started playing tennis at eight years old
and by her early teens, she'd decided to make her pastime her
profession. She moved to Barcelona to develop her skills and then at
14, her family relocated to the UK where together they could chase her
dream of becoming a professional tennis player, the hobby became a
job. The dream, a reality. First time I met her, she was playing an
ITF junior tournament. She was very sweet, very caring and very kind.
She cared about her parents an awful lot. She was always a little shy and
reserved. I wouldn't say there was anything different that made her
stand out from everyone else. Really great posture, carried herself
extremely well and looked athletically as if she was made for
the game. There was one time I came in from the courts outside, it was
freezing cold. She had six layers on, outside, on an artificial clay
court and her enthusiasm, my word, I just thought it was great. I said to
her father, this is top 5% in the world material. I remember the first
time that I really saw Johanna play, the girl was quite unknown. She came
on court and she showed me this attitude like OK, I'm Johanna Konta,
I'm very confident in my game. I'm confident in myself. I was impressed
by the mentality she showed out there. In 2012 Konta became a
British citizen and that same year, she made her first appearance at
Wimbledon as a wildcard. Ranked 212 in the world, she lost in the first
round to American Christina McHale. Fast forward five years and Konta
started Wimbledon ranked seventh. On the court she's very focussed,
intense, hard working, kind of perfect in a way. We all knew she
could play well, but to now become a top-ten player, the person she is
and a Grand Slam contenders, she's just separated herself from the
rest. I think a lot of that is down to commitment off court as well,
working on the mental side of the game. That's been huge. Now she
seems a lot more relaxed and not as maybe stressed as she used torb on
the court. COMMENTATOR: Jo Konta Wimbledon
quarter finalist. Expectations are high this year. So far she's
controlling her emotions on a very positive way. I think it's a result
of all the mental hard work of the past. She's gone on record as saying
she wants to be number one in the world. I have no reason to believe
that will not be possible. She's good enough. Here she is through
into the Wimbledon quarter final for the first time, Jo Konta against
Simona Halep. They'll be on court in a moment. Kim and Mac are with me.
Pretty impressed with Venus in the last one? I was surprised she hasn't
been called the favourite for a few rounds. I mean, with her credentials
here as well, she's played most of the year. As comfortable as she is
on the grass, so while I think Ostapenko is going time prove and
win more -- going to improve and win more grand slams, it was nice toe
see the old master give the youngster a lesson. She looked as
though she was getting back to her best, after a few years where she
wasn't. Yeah, she is. With the health scares that she's had, it
took her a little bit of time to adjust. But to see her so motivated
and so passionate for the sport is incredible. It's some serve, that
break point in the second set, to bring out the ace in the corner,
it's a weapon. Her first serve is, I think she's hit the hardest serve in
the history of the women's game, close to 130mph, the one she hit.
It's nice to get out of trouble. The second has been an issue. When she
can get that going and has confidence, she's going to be
difficult to beat. No question. Onto this one now. Jo Konta, so much
British expectation, everybody talking about it. There's an
atmosphere here. Big match for her up against a very tricky opponent. A
very tough opponent. An opponent that will keep fighting until the
end. Has dealt with some emotional issues after losing the finals at
the French Open, but seems focussed again. It's a very interesting one
coming up. Johanna has looked consistent, even when she lost the
second set yesterday against Garcia, she doesn't get stressed about it.
She keeps focussed on what she has to do. That impressed me the moment.
Against Vekic and Garcia, she had moments where she could have got
tight, but she didn't. It's a little of both. She's got tight, but she
handled it better. She's done that better and better through her
career. It's nice to see a bit of a late bloomer. But this is a real
emotional test for both of them. I was going to say particularly Halep,
I'm not sure, I think it's both of them. Here's Konta, who's stepping
it up in front of a home crowd. Then you've got Halep who was devastated
by the loss at the French. A little bit from my own experience, if you
lose a match like that, in the French final, there's nothing better
than coming back here and being able to forget about that nightmare. But
her game is more defensive. She uses her legs more. She counterpunches
more. It's going to be important for her to try to step it up and be more
aggressive when she has the opportunity. Konta will win more
free points on the serve. It's like the last few years she's been the
Lady in Waiting, Simona Halep. She's been looked as a favourite in a few
tournaments. That's not the case today. Konta is the big favourite. I
think she feels she's the underdog that might help her emotionally as
well. OK, well, here they come. Big cheer for both players.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Jo's certainly got her game face on.
Not even a wave to the crowd. It seems like, when she's coming
through these tough moments in matches, it's almost like she's
prepared mentally for it. It's almost becoming a habit now of
playing well in these big moments. The way she talked about baking her
muffins and how she was learning from each batch, that led me to
believe there was a similar thought the way she plays tennis. There's
sports psychologists involved in all this. She's clicked into something
that made her more comfortable and calmed her down and made her a
better player. That's extremely important that she's been able to
keep the mind somewhat at ease because it's impossible, certainly
it was for me, to keep my emotions in check. I can imagine what these
two are going to go through right now. It's going to be a roller
coaster. You know her coach well. He makes her recite the tactics to him
before she goes on, so he knows she's aware of what they are. For
sure. What he does well too is try to keep her calm. He's in the a very
outspoken coach, not very aggressive like that. He keeps her calm. He
will make sure the routines are on point and that's what you need
before these kinds of matches. You don't want too much distraction
going on. There is Jo getting ready for the warm up. We will be
discussing this and looking forward to it in a moment. First, let's hear
from Jo, she's been talking to Claire.
COMMENTATOR: Jo Konta Wimbledon quarter finalist.
People talk about the crowd and the impact and the adrenaline it
creates, did you feel it make a difference out there? It's something
that I've always dreamed of to be playing in big matches on big
stages. Obviously a home crowd is that much more emotionally invested
and that much more, I guess, living and dying with your points. The
support I felt out there was quite frankly phenomenal. Quick question
on Simona Halep, she's quick. Played her twice this year. The last time
she got the better of me. I'm really looking forward to again playing
against someone who's playing so well and to be part of a match that
will be very challenging for me. SUE BARKER: Every match is very
challenging at this stage. But Simona Halep she runs every ball
down. She's going to make her work so hard. She's going to know she's
been in a match today. She's a road runner. It's not as if Konta's not
fit or moves well. The big edge that I think Johanna has over Halep is
how many points she can win on her first serve and how many better her
second serve is. It's less attackable. Halep is a tremendous
returner. She goes after it. And she can back it up with her speed and
her foot work. But this is going to be about nerves more than anything
else, in my book. Absolutely it is. Looking at the stats, Jo Konta when
she's been in trouble in matches, she ramps up the first and second
serve by at least 5mph. It's like she's being positive then. She
definitely goes for them. She doesn't get nervous. Even in her
previous match, that second set, beginning of the second set and the
third set there were close games. She came up with aces, really good
second serves. That's a sign of a player who's really confident. That
win in Miami earlier this year helped her to even believe in her
chances more than ever. That was a big breakthrough, Miami, winning a
big tournament, a title. Against her opponent as well. That obviously is
a huge, the biggest one. Now this is a whole new league. Forget nigh
yamy. Now it's nice that you -- forget Miami. Nice to get that under
your belt. This separates the champions, the true greats, from the
contenders. This is an unbelievable opportunity for both. Halep went
through an emotional bummer. Huge. A match she should have won. This is
the best thing she can do to forget about it. Best way to deal with an
emotional bummer, absolutely. But to win a big title, she lost at the
Australian open, into the semis. To win Miami, which is considered just
under the grand slams in some ways, to beat the top players, that surely
proves something to herself. I'm going to answer it the same way I
answered the last time you asked me the same question.
LAUGHTER I didn't, I phrased it, about the
mental side not about beating the players. It helps with the
confidence. It certainly can't hurt. This is a different animal, Centre
Court at Wimbledon. It is, but I'm trying to find some crumbs here.
Fine. I get what you're trying to say. Thank you, Kim! Help me out
here, Kim. As far as, you know, for Jo, the weapons, the big serve,
forehand, every year she's improved something hasn't she? And her return
as well. The way she steps in even on Garcia, she's a great server,
stepping in on second serves, going for the side line straight from the
beginning of the rallies. That's something she's going to have to do
today, really try to be aggressive from the first shots. What advice
would you give to Jo if you were in her corner? Jo's done a great job
getting to the quarters. Me personally, when I go out there, I'd
advise, thinking the way I play, is don't beat yourself. Play
aggressively, but give yourself some margin especially early. She's
learned how to handle her nerves better, you can't tell me these two
aren't nervous right now. Please don't say they're that well
programmed and you go out in such a big match. I advise go strong. She
will have a lot of looks at the serve to go after. Don't for
outright winners. It's difficult to forget where you are and what you're
playing in. It is, but she has started each set off very well.
Broken the opponent straight away. That's the cream start. If you want
to be on this -- that's the dream start. If you want to be on this
court, you want to be in front and she's done very well so far. We'll
see if she can do it today. Halep, you know you can't even let her in
once, can you? She'll pounce. She's going to give off the vibe in the
sense that if you miss some serves, I'm going to be a bit more
aggressive. You can't get the ball by me. She's going to try to put the
ball in positions to dare Konta to go for too much, to get easy games.
Guys, they're sitting down. We'd better get away from here. I know
you've got work to do. Thanks to Mac and Kim. They're on their way to the
commentary borchl to join Chris Bradenham.
COMMENTATOR: A wonderful moment as Jo Konta stepped out onto Centre
Court. 33 years the waiting, for a British woman to contest a quarter
final here. Jo Durie the last in 1984. It's a tough task that faces
her against Simona Halep, that's for sure. Konta won the spin of the coin
and chos to receive. -- chose to receive.
APPLAUSE An expectant crowd.
If she can get serves over 100 mph, it will make life easier for her.
APPLAUSE Smiles already. Those shots right
out of the middle. That is why she could be number one
in the world after this match, Halep, because she plays some
serious defence. That was a great return.
A huge match, obviously, for Konta. How big is this opening service game
for her just to get on the scoreboard early? It is always nice
to win that first service game, but they both seem to be hitting the
ball already. It's not natural, but it's tempting
to try to steer your returns towards the centre because they are are some
tough hops there. The support is louder with the roof
closed. That is a mistake were Halep forced
her to overheat it a little bit. She has to hit a very good shot try to
win, because if you don't, she will take a passing shot.
Wow! That is worrying from a British perspective. This is the hardest
serve she has hit in the game. Arguably, she caught it a little
late, but if you aim toward the centre,... No, I hit that just where
I wanted it. I don't think I can remember a
player who has played more long rallies and then immediately stepped
up the line -- up the line and barely seems be breathing hard.
I don't think she has a big enough weapon to break through the wall of
Halep. It will be a huge bonus if Halep
serves as well as she has so far. She is not tall.
Nicely done. A chance to get back on serve.
The mini battle at 3- 04 Halep, break point saved. -- 3-0 for Halep.
SUE BARKER: A great start from Halep, who has the added motivation
that she will be world number one if she wins. We will be right back to
that. This is the sorry scene on Court Number One. It is 6-3 to
Rybarikova. They are back in the locker room. We hear that quite a
bit of rain is heading our way. Look at this, they are playing outside,
so maybe they just took them off Court Number One a little too early,
because play continues on the outside courts. We have heard that
heavy rain is coming, and it is likely to be year in the next half
an hour, so maybe that match will be completed under the roof on Centre
Court. Some nasty clouds around here at Wimbledon. We're so grateful to
have roof. Back to live played between content and Halep. -- life
Even know Halep is 3-0 up, for Jo, she must be like she is in the
match. They are having great rallies. If she can get on the
board, that will relieve some tension.
They look a little anxious. When she beat Garcia, she sank to her knees.
Our hands went ahead, tears in her eyes.
Contact on the scoreboard. -- Konta. Smiles all round again, for most.
She is the first British woman in 33 years to get to the quarters, and
you don't want her to show emotion? Anxiety and tension still in the
body of the back, for sure. -- still in the body of Konta.
Wow! That's her trademark. She seems determined to try to hit through
Halep. That is where I would direct most of
my serves if I were Halep. She has gone big so far, Konta, from every
return. I don't think she can do much else.
With a backhand, it's a little easier because you automatically
rotate both shoulders. The forehand is harder.
It's almost like when she has a little more time, she thinks it.
This is the biggest moment she has had in her career.
Second time, break point saved and the holed from Halep. We should give
credit to Darren Cave Hill -- Cahill. He almost walked away after
the Miami match, saying, I can't take any more. I think it got Simona
thinking, you know something? I had to change emotionally, do better and
give a more consistent effort, not get negative. She was taking it out
on him. I can't recall anyone else he has coached, besides Leyton
Hewitt and Andre Agassi, so you have the think, he has some serious
credentials. Given what happened at the French, mainly it is a credit to
her, Simona. A pretty strong effort to get herself in the mix. Sean
plays a big part in that too, getting her mentally ready. I spoke
to him and he knew she was really struggling after that loss. He also
knew that this was the perfect way to try to get rid of that and do
well here again. You had better time that shot just
right! Wow! It is terrific when you see
quality points being won. She is staying on top of that baseline, not
giving Halep the time to recover. The first love hold of the match. It
is interesting, because neither player really has a slice from their
backhand. Very rarely do you see it. I would think Halep would be more
inclined to mix up the pace of her shop is and the spin. -- of her
shots. I don't think she should be going toe to toe with her. It is
hard when the ball is this deep and fast, to chip it.
Konta is making a move on the Halep serve again.
The luxury of three in a row. -- three break points in a row.
Eight points in a row for Johanna Konta. Back on serve.
We've heard the role of Darrin Cahill, in helping Jo deal with
emotions. She is ranked outside the top 100. She choked in matches,
plain and simple. This process has become crucial for her. I believe
the win in Miami a few months ago helped a lot with building
confidence, which doesn't mean that she is not going to have
difficulties finishing matches here, but it will help getting to the
tournament and knowing that she is capable of beating the best. The
muffins has become a good sideshow. There has been more talk about that
than about winning Wimbledon. May be shoe should -- she should bring
some! She is back on track in this set. New balls, 3-4.
That is the type of shot I think Halep should utilise. Until this
year, Johanna Konta has played on pristine grass courts.
She needs a firm base under her. That is why a hard court has always
been her preferred surface. The way that she moves, she has a natural
way of moving on grass. This suits her movement very well.
That is this serve out why that she likes to use. -- the serve.
Averaging around six aces per match in this tournament.
UMPIRE: Mess Halep challenges the call. -- Miss Halep challenges the
call. I don't think there was any doubt about that call.
Then many battle is now going to Konta. -- the mini battle.
This is an important game now for Halep.
Does the roof up favour either one? It favours the better server and
that's Konta. But I think Halep is serving harder than normal
Not having to worry about the sun or the wind. You may have the guts to
go for more on the second serve, as she did there.
Bring that back tomorrow. Isn't it wonderful they've got a British
woman to get behind now too, in the back end?
UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. Back on the scoreboard Halep. Just over half on
hour and the nerves, well, they seemed to have gone for a while.
There's been so much talk about who handles the nerves and pressure
better for this match. You both have academies. How much time do you
spend on that side with your younger players compared to backhands and
forehands and so on? Let's just say when it gets to the professional
level and the intensity of a quarter final at Wimbledon, it becomes more
into play. When they're little kids, they don't even know what language
you're speaking. In practice, I don't think you can teach them. This
is something that needs to be by playing matches, whether at a low
level or playing players you are supposed to beat at a low level any
way, you can't really practise it. The best way to learn is going
through the tough matches and the tough situations in tournaments.
You're constantly trying to figure out ways to make yourself feel
better about what you're doing. And trying to make it as difficult as
possible for the person you're playing and whatever way that takes.
Thinking about the previous tournament, you do it.
Konta serving to stay in the opening set.
I believe she's missed one serve. 21 out of 22.
UMPIRE: Miss Halep is challenging the call. The ball was called in. It
wasn't far away. But she's on the money with her serve so far.
Incredible serving exhibition, as this set's gone on.
UMPIRE: Let, first service. She did that previous well in her previous
matches. Against Vekic, she was 0-30 down and she would come up with big
serves. Another one on the line. First test
for Konta, passes with flying colours.
Three double faults a match the average for Halep this tournament
I think Darren helped Halep playing more aggressively, stepping into the
It's relentless from Konta. Just going back to that point you
made in the French final against Ostapenko, did Halep become a little
passive towards the end with Ostapenko going for it so much? She
got negative. She was up, I remember she had three break points I
believe. I remember thinking at the time why did she do what she did.
She sent a message of hope to Ostapenko that she wasn't quite so
sure of herself. Lo and behold she loses the set. She gets up 3-1 in
the third and loses that. I think here at Wimbledon, this has turned
out to be a blessing in disguise, because if you call a weakness in
her game, her serve, it helps, the grass helps her serve. It becomes
more effective. She's done a nice job, I think, mixing things up and
going for a little bit more on the serve. It's paying off. She's
starting to like this surface a lot more than she did at any point in
her career. To be able to get over that loss as close as she was,
that's the second time she was in a final. The first, OK, Sharapova,
maybe people expected. But that one she was supposed to win, for sure.
Second time Konta serving to stay in set one.
Just let that ball drop way too low. She couldn't decide what she wanted
to do with it. As you said, Kim, doesn't change that grip.
Every forehand is almost the same, which is great if it's going well. A
little variety sometimes helps as well.
Oh. Even with Halep, after that previously long rally. She walks
over to the other side of the court and doesn't, she's not even puffing.
She just looks like, ah, yeah that was fine. Felt like a two-hit rally.
Konta ceptionally fit as well. That's one of the first volleys I
can recall her hitting. In the tournament she's 51 from 65
at the net. Good odds. Ellie Goulding. Do you know her?
I've heard of her, yes. That's the second serve she's missed
in the entire match. First serve, I mean.
UMPIRE: Game, Miss Konta. At the moment, it looks like Johanna Konta
has played a number of Wimbledon quarter finals. They are really
bringing out the best of each other. Women's tournament has been
fantastic this year. Quite a first set.
I think Halep was complaining about the proud.
UMPIRE: Please wait till the end of the point before cheering, thank you
very much. Oh, it's in. Or is it? Either way it
will be challenged. The linesman called it in.
I think it's been called out. I think she's asking if she got it in
one bounce. That is in. Unbelievable point.
Guessed right. She's breathing heavy now. Yeah a
couple deep breaths. Darren Cahill is leaning forwards a
little more after that double fault. Aren't those balls tougher to hit in
the air than if you let the ball bounce. Seemed like there wasn't
much on it. Forces your opponent, I see most the men and women take it
in the air. I know I'm old school. It seems like there, you don't
practise that shot from there, or do you, that off the someone I used to
practise every warm up. All over the court? Yeah, because I wanted to use
that one. Did you practise that with the bounce too or just take it in
the air? Probably take it in the air.
She's the quickest wall that Konta's ever played.
That's a magnificent tie-break from Simona Halep. Konta's got to do what
she did in Miami and come from behind to win. SUE BARKER: A couple
of costly points in the tie-break. Jo serving so well going into the
tie-break. 93% of first serves in. But only 50% in the tie-break. So no
cheap points there. We'll be back on Centre Court. This is the sorry
scene outside. Everybody under the brollies. But still watching the
match unfold on Centre Court. They are die hard fans here. Thoroughly
enjoying the tennis. Nothing to watch on Court No 1. The other
ladies quarter finals. They are waiting in the locker room. This
looks set in for the day. There is an outside chance they will be moved
onto Centre Court. We wait to hear from the referee's office. Even in
this weather they're still enjoying their tennis here at Wimbledon. Jo
Konta fighting so hard on Centre Court. What a match we are watching,
high quality tennis. We said at the start Simona Halep was going to be
such a tough competitor. Two of the best competitors on the tour head to
head on Centre Court. Let's rejoin Centre Court right now. John, Borge
- Who? Regards as one of the quickest. Kim who was the quickest
in your era. What is it like thinking everything is going to keep
coming back? To me that was Justine Henin. She had that slice that you
were talking about. She was able to mix it up. Just make me make errors,
because I was trying to go for too much. Borge once he said tired in a
match. It reminds me a little of Halep, when she plays these 30-shot
rallies, steps right back to the line.
Konta to begin set two. She was thinking about the one that
she swung at and missed in the tie-break, decided to play this old
fashioned volley. Butchered that too.
Her serve has tailed off slightly in the tie-breaker. That allowed Halep
to make her work harder. Or not to be thinking about what she
just lost right now. That's why Halep is looking to jump on it.
Also the way she served, the first serve, that's going to be hard to
keep up. Super. Is that a message? Well it's
a sign, it's the way she plays. She likes to step on top of the baseline
and take the ball early and as soon as the ball comes up, she likes to
move in forward. We saw that drive volley she missed earlier.
Interesting if the self-coaching has gone on. The solid volley as opposed
to the drive volley. I like because she had missed one of those earlier
and sticking with that aggressive approach.
That's strong from 0-30. Nods of approval all round.
Outside, it's raining. This is the Hill. Ed Sheeran headlined at
Glastonbury this year, the song of a castle on a hill. If Konta keeps
going deeper into Wimbledon, she might get part of the estate there.
Renaming might become needed. Poor henman. Trying to take away his
little dash of wibble dob. -- Wimbledon.
Fascinating watching Darren Cahill, so far so good, when you see him
using the back of the chair. Neither camp showing a lot of outward
emotion. It takes something to walk away from
a player. A high profile player, the coach saying we're not part of a
team any more on the same course, I'm done.
Cahill walking away and most players would have said to hell with him.
You know, there's plenty of people who want to coach her and the
wherewithal, maybe he's right what he's saying. And I want you back.
I think she called him up and said I'm sorry. I need you on my team. I
don't want to go through this without you. I saw it in the first,
when she lost the first point of this game, she was looking over to
Darren a little bit more than she did at all in the first set.
Another chance goes on the hour mark.
Taking a little time out. Trying to slow Halep down a little.
Not the fastest serve, but very well-placed.
The first signs of frustration from Konta. She has been on court around
two hour was longer into this final. There is a lot of emotion attached
to it. It is all too much for that gentleman!
Maybe he had a bad night in a tent outside.
LAUGHTER I guess that is what you would call
neutral. Denise Lewis, she has got over a few
hurdles in her time on the way to gold.
It must be fabulous for people like Denise Lewis and others in the Royal
box to be totally relaxed and then just watching how others handle
pressure. That is one way of looking at it!
A low percentage shot, there. There is no question that her ability to
track down inexorable or two weighs on the mind of her opponent.
-- to track down a ball or two. UMPIRE: New balls, please.
I think that is also why it is so important to get a 40-0 lead. You
can arguably play a couple of loose points but you're still in the
driver's seat. In the men and women, I would like to know what percentage
player loses the game from after being up on Serb 40-0. I'd bet it is
extremely small. Sometimes we dwell on the break point opportunities,
which would seem to be more crucial points, and they are, but if you can
get up ahead early in a lot of games, it takes a lot of the
pressure off so that you can execute more easily when it does matter.
Just look at that - the aggressive shots, so heavily in favour of
Konta, but it is breaking through that wall. It is a huge mental task
of self belief. They both looked to have been doing an excellent job of
that so far. I think it is a funny statistic - aggressive shot. How do
they measure aggressive shots? Going back behind Halep is working,
but she's got to start making more of those.
Love hold. Whisper this quietly, but for the second Grand Slam in a row,
it happened in the French Open, Ostapenko's average for Hans Bede
was quicker than Andy Murray's. Konta is the same at Wimbledon. You
keep picking on Andy! Her intention, Konta, one round at a
time, I will give of my best. You can't argue with that.
The first double. Just the eighth of the tournament.
If you think of how aggressive her serve is, that's not many.
It is one of these 40-0 situations you talked about. Exactly. He knows
what he's talking about! It went long. If she had gone behind
again, it would have been a winner. You are both parents. Most parents
will say to their kids, just give of your best. I know you have got a few
more to look after, John, but what else can you ask for as a parent? It
sounds easy to say, too, but in this sort of environment, which the line,
it is easier said than done. It is the greatest quality and athlete can
have -- an athlete can have - the ability to go out and act as if
every point is the last you will play. You can have the biggest
serve, a great forehand volley, but nothing matches that, and so, if you
can come close to that, you've established something and you gain
respect quickly. Both these girls have that. They have it in practice
and in their matches, and I think that's what makes them so great.
These are perfect role models for young girls and boys to look up to.
That attitude is what a lot of the kids can learn from.
That just sped through a little, a lower bounds will stop -- a lower
bounds. You will get a few bad bounces,
tufts of grass that have been ripped out.
Close... UMPIRE: Miss contact is challenging the call.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE UMPIRE: Replay the point.
Brilliant! Great hands. A tremendous point. Halep gave that shot away a
little too soon. That gave Konta the time necessary to hit a beautiful
drop shot. That keeps the pressure very firmly
on Konta. How did she get that return back?
Brilliant serving. Still above 80%. And she's not holding back.
That's another very confident hold. It is. She has had a very easy
service game so far in this set. She is serving impressively. She did
that very well in her previous matches when it got close. It is the
service shot she is relying on a lot. You are launching a new book,
John, if Jo Konta was releasing one, it would be about how she has
improved. She will just have to play a better match at the moment.
Tactically, emotionally, obviously in great condition. Total focus.
Technique- wise, it has all come together for her. Like him said at
the previous changeover, it would be something to try to aspire to, and
to follow a similar path, because she has gotten so much better. Is
winning a match as tough as that Cuban? I tried, and I gave up. There
has got to be a trick to that. -- that cube.
What's your book called, John? Thank You For Asking. But Seriously...
Strange Name For A Book. That's easier said than done. A
trusted move. It's a good move. Take that, move in. Did not do enough
with the volley. She seems to have taken it up
another notch, Konta. The backhand crosscourt gets past
anybody when she hits it like that. It is two break points.
One from five so far. It has been an issue.
Great defence by Halep, to track that return down.
That looked to be well in. Sometimes, when you lose a break
point, you start to have little doubt as well. Halep was like, I
think Hawkeye is wrong. She went wide with the second serve.
That is only part of the game plan. That is a big game. 15-40. I am
surprised at how calm their support teams are staying. They must have
taken sleeping pills or something! Calm on the outside, freaking out on
the inside. Too goad! Responding so well after
the opportunity is gone. -- too good.
That is a tall order for Halep to do much if anything with that return.
You think how aggressive Konta has been, Halep has made five unforced
errors in this match so far. She is coming up with the goods again at
the crucial times. The truth is, we are getting everything we could hope
for in this match, and this could be a little past the halfway point.
This could go deep into a third set, and it will be at some point a
physical test. Right now, it is more of an emotional and mental test.
Both of these two are passing with flying colours. And they are hitting
the ball hard. They are forcing each other to run extensively, and as
quickly as possible, so eventually, if this gets into a third set, we
will see if either the links. -- if either one of them blinks. At times,
you had to act calm and Serena, no problem, no pressure. It is a gift.
Halep and Konta are on the Oscar Trail at the moment in this match.
It has been terrific. They're both using that backhand
down-the-line very well, these last few points.
Halep has been proactive, given the opportunity, aggressive. She's
gotten a short ball and that's helped her get into this winning
position. I love how Konta just even, you know
it's 40-0 to Halep and she goes and hopped around positive.
I think this is where the crowd could really come in handy. You can
feel the energy. They're ready to explode.
Halep firing herself up a little bit there.
She's playing so quickly now. It's called nerves. Speaking of which.
It's a nice reaction from Konta. Almost accepting that very fact.
That's out. She's challenged it. Perfect play.
That is unfortunate. UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. A
centimetre away from a double fault to give set point. Then that - A
very strong hold from Halep, because you could feel that she was starting
to get a bit frustrated at times, communicating with her box a little
bit. It's the energy of the crowd, intensifying things further.
It hit a line, which one? UMPIRE: Miss Halep challenging the
call on the centre line. The ball was called in.
Maybe both? That's tremendous tennis. She's so
good Halep at running onto the ball. She is. You have to stay really
focussed because every ball comes back. If you start doubting yourself
a little bit, that's when she can create some easy unforced errors.
Totally fooled her with that off-speed backhand.
She thought she'd lost the game already, Halep. She was walking over
to her chair. UMPIRE: Game Miss Konta. Still holds
firm. They both do. Did you both learn to love these
moments, these situations, love trying to get the job done? Or did
it take a while? Well, it took a while for me. You love it and it's
also extremely stressful. It feels like you know when you're trying to
pull it off, there's nothing like it when you do, but there's nothing
like it when you don't. Yeah, for me too, there were moments where I
absolutely hated it, when you lose those big maments. But then again,
when you get over the loss and you want to give yourself another
opportunity to be in that situation, so you can try to have the enjoyable
moment of it. That's what you do it for. When you lose the big moments,
the big matches, they've been more Antosch inspiration to me to try --
more of an inspiration to me to try to not let it happen again. Well
done for those of you on the Hill, creating your own canopy. Nervous
people, they can't even hold their umbrellas!
An hour and 40 minutes played. Halep for the second time serving to stay
in set two. Halep has had an excellent serving
day. In case you hadn't noticed. I'm sure Konta has noticed. Exactly.
Just amazing. Moving onto the ball, full range, she's exceptional. She's
better than anyone out there still in the women's draw.
UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. Tie-break it is.
SUE BARKER: This is a tense match of the highest quality. A second set
tie-break. We are staying with the tennis here at Wimbledon. If you're
tuning in expecting to see the Six O'Clock News soon, that will now be
shown over on BBC Two. So the Six O'Clock News will shortly be over on
BBC Two. We are staying with this story here at Wimbledon.
Raced into a 3-1 lead in the first-set tie-break.
UMPIRE: Let, first service. That looked like it was about six inches
over the net. That's what she explained about in the first point
of the tie-breaker I think. APPLAUSE
That was a point that Halep desperately wanted.
More in this particular way to end the set, you need. You need a
tie-break. Still nods of approval everywhere,
her handling of this pressure. Both still going for it. But still the
success for contact going back behind Halep. That's the only way
she's going to be able to win a match, to keep on with it.
UMPIRE: Miss Halep challenges the call. That is a big one there. Or
nothing with the call. -- all or nothing. That's good on. Wow! I knew
it all along! Kadir is like, Wow! Impressed.
APPLAUSE The return is just a little bit
short. Had enough behind it, and you see Konta just immediately grabbed
the opportunity to go for the winner.
APPLAUSE These moments are great.
You know, when I was playing, you always just try and hang in there
and be positive and give yourself the opportunity that window opponent
is dropping a little bit, you get a chance. -- when your opponent.
APPLAUSE She got it! And a set point with it.
People are starting to stand around Centre Court.
Most are standing, look at that. One hour and 50 minutes, somehow Jo
Konta has forced a final set. It is one set all.
SUE BARKER: Oh, what a fighter she is. Such brave plate from Jo Konta,
she has levelled this quarterfinal match at one set all. There is
nothing between these two players. If you are tuning in expecting to
see the 6pm news, that is now on BBC Two. Because there is a big story
brewing here at Wimbledon. COMMENTATOR: Amazing scenes. The
slow Mo in these pictures, it's far from slow row in their minds. What
sets of tennis we have had. It typifies the ladies tournament so
far. We have seen two incredible sets of tennis. It's almost, the way
they've been playing, it's fair enough that it is one set each,
because, you know, both sets could have gone either way, and this match
definitely deserves another set of high-level tennis. Jimmy Van Allen,
the man who invented the tie-break about 45 years ago, he thought, how
can I add to the drama of a tennis match? If there is any question, he
succeeded. Whether or not you argue that there should be a final set
tie-break, that's another issue. I believe there should be, because you
can feel it. I mean, I don't have a vested interest in who wins this
match, I'm sitting there and feeling for both the players, how well
they've handled it, how tough it can be when it slips away. You can taste
it, if you are Halep, a couple of points away from winning it, and
then you can see the emotion shift so quickly from positive to
negative. It's not easy out there. But it's extremely rewarding. And
when you pull it off... Kim, there were a few moments when Simona Halep
was just starting to make some negative gestures, if you want to
call it that, back to Darren Cahill and son. Did she blinked towards the
back end of that second set more than Konta in the end, or was it the
quality of Konta's play? I think a bit of both. Little doubt in the
might of Halep. Especially with what happened in Paris as well. It's
still very fresh, that loss. We saw nothing of it until, you know, it
came very close in that second set. That's when the little bit of
negativity that she has at times came out again. In Miami it was two
hours and 31 minutes. Halep came within two points of beating Konta
in that match and didn't win it. That could maybe rear its head too.
I think that will certainly play a part, no question. The French Open,
I'm not totally comfortable with her just sitting there, she is giving
them more time to sort of build up some negative anger. Add to start to
think about those. Perhaps you would be better off to go off the court
too, change. It happens all the the bathroom breaks. Because it seems
like an opportune moment for her to do it, especially considering who
her opponent is. Konta has been so impressive this tournament so far.
She had some really tough matches where she could have gone very
negative at times, because your opponent started playing a lot
better. She studied playing a little bit less. And she hasn't, she just
starts every rally, every point with a positive attitude. That's what's
made her win this second set tie-break. She started playing on
her own. We want to stay positive, of course we do, but these toilet
breaks, there's been a lot of talk of years... It's completely
outrageous. Just keep in mind that Konta won that's that. She didn't
lose it. -- that set. In anyway... What's happening here? She doesn't
want to talk to him! I think he's basically saying, don't hit any
service because these are the match balls that are in play, if you want
to hit balls, we'll give you practice balls. Halep is itching to
go. He's just following the rules. Of course! Well, he's got a great
voice. The best voice. An argument for smoking cigarettes if ever there
was one! With the roof closed, it resonate even more. As the support,
too. I mean, the noise must be deafening. They should give her some
other balls if she wants to de-stress and call herself off.
Listen to this reception. CHEERING
Well, this is a tall order for Halep now. Especially considering what
happened recently. Easy question for you both... Who is winning this
match? I can't answer that! But if I had to pick someone, it
wouldn't be the one serving. No, neither me. Halep to begin the final
set. It has to be hard to serve right
now, you know. She's been waiting around and didn't hit a serve. You
know, you wait for five or six minutes after such a strong second
set. She wasn't allowed to serve. But why didn't she asked for the
practice balls? Maybe she did and the guy wouldn't let her. Second
serve ace. Konta being gone so long took a little energy out of the
crowd. That's true. So you think she should have let
that one bounce, Halep? I do. I also think she should have let it
bounced. You can force your opponent to move, you know. And then if she
guesses right. GASPS
APPLAUSE That's a very important hold for
Simona Halep. She's got to feel good about the way
that she's played. The level isn't too high, she's done a lot of good
things, including, as you mentioned, holding there. Maybe she, after what
happened with France, she thought, it can't get any worse than that.
It's a fine line between knowing that you're playing great, but
still, it's so close, so she has to keep that level up to try and, you
know, even play better to try and win this first set. New balls in
play. Konta 0- one, final set. It's like everyone's having a
breather. Konta cannot afford one. GASPS
APPLAUSE The shot has been put away.
She could hit an overhead, she's done quite a few things other than
that. Break point. One from one, remember.
Oh, another mind. The goal two lines, I think -- another line, two
lines, I think. So much on the line. If Halep wins this match, she will
be world number one. Konta creates more British women's tennis history.
CHEERING She is dictating from side to side.
Eventually she is going to have to run out of gas. I can't say enough
about how well these two are playing. What a quarterfinal match.
Especially with the stakes you just outlined.
Looking to the umpire first, the box second, he said no, no challenge.
Venus Williams has got to be loving this, watching them beat up on each
other, these two. She wouldn't let the ball dropped,
take it before she could get back in position.
She's not giving anything away. Both of these girls, it's very, very
impressive tennis. She's still only six unforced errors, Halep. Six!
It's over two hours! CHEERING
Still, Konta keeps coming. She's been so aggressive with the
short ball. That was a surprising choice.
Just look at the reactions! The crowd are more exhausted than these
two! They haven't had the ball yet! We may have another hour to go.
Made it! What a hold! Break points saved. Just two game, final set,
seems a lot more than that. It sure does.
Is it possible that it's closer than the score indicates?!
GASPS If you would take the names off the
scoreboard, a lot of people would think it was John is playing Ivo
Karlovic or something! -- John Isner. There has just been two
breaks of serve. 22nd winner, Konta is up to 42. How
many unforced errors does she have? 35.
Ostapenko just about won that battle at the French Open, left it to the
very end to win that battle. It also comes down to when you make
the unforced errors. Let's say in this situation its 40-15, if she
makes one now it's not that big of a deal. But if it's at break point,
obviously an unforced error has a huge effect on the match.
Keeps the pressure on serving first, final set, so often just having that
advantage, if you get broken you can still break back. For sure. But on
the other side, a lot of girls would prefer to return, actually. They
feel a lot more comfortable returning. So, we'll see what will
happen. Get the coin out and flip it, that might be as good or bad as
any as to who or when. Normally the return is a much more vital
ingredient in the women's game than it is today. That has been few and
far between. Halep has done an Admiral job with her serve. I feel
it's the best, all the times I've seen her she's been extremely
consistent. Konta's serve has been, you know, the best that I've seen in
Wimbledon, even better than Venus. Keep loose, if possible. Of these
women must be really enjoying this match, they're both playing
extremely well, playing without any hesitation, most of the time. At the
end of the day, there's going to have to be a winner, but they'll
leave the court feeling like, OK, I've played some of my best tennis
out there today. Two hours and 14 minutes. Konta 1-2 in the final set.
Halep just rolling her eyes a little bit. Hitting another line. And
they've both hit their fair share. All players obviously extremely
well-conditioned. Everyone played yesterday. The tougher match
physically was Konta's. This has been a very physical match-up, to
say the least. No signs of wear and tear from either yet.
Well the first serve percentage, slowly but surely, there's more life
in them as this has gone on. Certainly the tension has had a good
deal to do with that as well. APPLAUSE
Well, when she gets annoyed or tight, she starts playing faster.
Speeding up. Kind of just grabs the ball and goes on.
I honestly think it's the attitude and mindset that will make a
difference in this set, match. Konta the first to break, the final
set. APPLAUSE place
UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads, 3-2, final set. A little energy. You know what
they say, a crowd can make a difference between winning and
losing. In that tie-break when the tension was at its highest, you saw
how Halep she was. And part of it was because of the crowd and part of
it was why she just got broken, because you could just feel it get
into, seep into her bones. Obviously most of it was Konta but that
combination's pretty rough to deal with if you are Halep right about
now. It is extraordinary, the journey she's been on Konta, from
those days when the tools where there. Yes, the forehand I proved a
lot. The forehand was in place but couldn't handle any pressure. The
serve has improved a lot as well. Very, very successful but the
attitude is what has impressed me the most so far in this tournament.
She has come close against ling. She -- come close to losing. Then
started off playing very positively again.
The perfect example of putting your upper body into the shot.
She's putting everything into it. Everything you've got. Sure.
Thank God she's at least breathing hard.
The nerves. They know the camera's on them. Oh, yeah.
She consolidates the break. Extends the lead. UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads,
4-2, final set. UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads, 4-3, final
set. That must have been the quickest she ever held serve. She
does have thep tendency to push the pace in the envelope when things
aren't going as well as she'd like. In this case, maybe put the pressure
back on Konta just a little bit to try to serve this out. Wouldn't it
be nice to be able to look inside her head and see how much she
actually believes right now that she could win this match? I don't know
if she... I don't know. At times I wonder if she believes... Which one
are you talking about? This one. Seriously. Like, you feel, you feel
the doubt a little bit. Her shots are dropping a little bit short. OK,
not the last game but so far, you know when Jo went up 4-2. You could
feel the shots are getting a bit shorter. And you know, the body
language, as well is a little bit off. Well, two more service games,
Konta, she'll be in the semifinal of Wimbledon. Here's the first at 4-3,
final set. Well, a little weary, mentally. Or
physically, but whatever's happening mentally is getting to her. The
doubt is intensifying as we speak. Impressive hold. A wonderful
message, a love-hold. A game away from the semifinals. UMPIRE: Mrs
Konta leads, 5-3, final set. It's getting quicker and quicker
between points now. That's usually not a good sign.
Three in a row. Well, the serve it out question is asked. Let's just
get to that. She had 3-1 in the tie-breaker h a good opportunity to
take 4-1. It didn't happen. Wasn't she at 5-4 in the tie-break, a
couple of points away? Yeah. Is that right? And from that moment forward,
she hasn't quite been the same player. She's tried to overcome the
negative part of what her brain was telling her. You remember that match
she just lost at the French - what about that one in Miami. She just
can't get over the hump. She's going to have to find another - dig deeper
than she maybe has ever had to dig right now, to get out of this. What
a moment for Jo Konta, with Virginia Wade looking on, the last women's
semifinalist, 1978 when she lifted the trophy, in the Jubilee year.
Even Virginia has loved to the end of her seat right now.
Konta serving for the match, 5-4, final set.
APPLAUSE Well, if you are Halep, that's how
you wanted that game to start. UMPIRE: Ladies and gentlemen,
please, don't make any calls during the rally. Well, she is moving
side-to-side until she has an opening and then really accelerating
into the open court. Adrenaline must be pretty high at
the moment. Oh my God, she stopped playing. What
a shame. It's over. British tennis history has been made. It's been 39
years since a British woman can say, "I'm a Wimbledon semifinalist."
She's done it n front of the last woman to do it! Virginia Wade.
A wonderful smile from a wonderful lady. A wonderful match from both
women. An amazing win, an accomplishment so far from Konta. An
amazing quarterfinal match. Bizarre last shot. Someone did yell out,
unfortunately and it's too bad that it ended that way but the crowd
obviously a standing ovation for both. And it's wonderful to see
Simona Halep just pause to wait for Konta. It's a Wimbledon tradition.
The match is over. They've given us their best. It's a wonderful
tradition. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Anne Keothavong there, a wide a smile as Virginia Wade. The Chelsea
Pensioners, selfies. You've got to love that. They got one with Novak
earlier. That was quite enjoyable. To see these two young ladies go out
the way they did. Virginia Wade is, am I'm pretty sure, happy that that
happened. And she is the sort of woman who would be delighted if Jo
Konta went on to win. She loves to play. She plays at my academy all
the time when she's in New York. 40 years was my first Wimbledon when
Virginia won it. Here's Phil Jones. Jo, congratulations, what a
performance, what a stage to do it, creating history, matching Virginia
Wade, getting here, what 1978 and there in the box watching you? I
mean, right now it's a little bit surreal just because it is quite
incredible how things go in tins. Two minutes ago I was playing and
now I'm here. Things happen very quickly. I'm definitely digesting
things a bit. I'm sure you are, the tension out there today as well, it
seems you had incredible focus, were able to do what you needed to in the
krush moments. I definitely felt I felt very clear on what I was trying
to achieve out there and regardless of whether it was going my way or
not, I felt I really stuck to my true self and tried to crate as many
opportunities as possible. I knew going into the match with Simona,
she was not going to give me the match for free, so I had to create
my own chances. I felt I did that. I feel fortunate enough I took a few
of them. That second set tie-break obviously so vital. What has gone
through your mind at the start of that? To be honest, the exact same
as the previous I don't know how many games. I felt quite consistent
in my approach and in my general being out there. Not much changed, I
continued to trust in the fact that what I was doing was going to bring
the good things. How much did the crowd help? What a support you had.
They were incredible. A little overenthusiastic in parts. But
definitely I can't complain with the amount of support and general good
feelings they are wishing my way. A slight liqueurous end to the match.
What was your take on it? ? I think there was a woman on my end
screamed. I think she got overexcited about the deep ball that
Simona hit. It was actually as I was hitting my ball. So I think it more
affected me than necessarily my opponent, but it was I think it was
just a lot of emotions running. This wonderful run continues. Now
Venus Williams in the semifinals. What about her and what she's able
to do as a 37-year-old and creating history of her own? Definitely. I
don't feel age is a factor with her. She is a tremendous champion. I feel
humbled and excited to share the court with her. Last time she got
the better of me. We've had great battles. I hope we can' create
another good battle. And let me talk to you about your coach, Wim
Fissette, he said he saw there was a champion when he first saw you. When
did you start believe there was a champion? Ever since I was nine. I
guess if you speak to any - I guess I can only speak for myself but
always believed in my own be ability and I've always dreamt big, but,
again, I'm much more of a pressure mind-set person, I don't give my too
much time to dream and just keep focussed on the work. The work is
playing off. SUE BARKER: I don't know about the
lady in the crowd but we were' all getting excited. She kept pace with
the pressure on her young shoulders. She got winner after winner and held
her nerve to book her place in the last four. Wow, Billie Jean King is
with me. What a great advert for women's tennis, both players? Great
for women's tennis, terrific for tennis and more special for
everybody here in Great for women's tennis, terrific for
tennis and more special for everybody here in Great Britain. How
good was she today? She said it all in her interview. Listen to what she
said. She said she had a game plan, stuck to it, kept believing in it.
Dreaming believe since she was nine - I want to live. I love the fact
she talks about her ambition. Women are taught not to talk about
ambition, we have to be polite and nice. She says it like it is. She is
so articulate and never takes anything for granted. You can just
tell she knows every time she's on the court it is a blessing. I think
Great Britain should be so proud of her. Jo should be so proud of
herself. She stuck to her game plan. It got shaky there, off Onyedinma,
but you knew it was most likely going to be a really, really close
match with Halep and Jo had to be the aggressor. So you've got to go
for it and live it www. It. -- live with it. I will stop you there. We
have to leave BBC One. We will be back at 7.30pm on BBC Two. But what
a match, what a victory and story. Well done, Jo Konta. See you
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