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Day 8, Part 2

Sue Barker presents continued live coverage of the women's quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

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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.




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.




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




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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