Day 8, Part 2 Wimbledon


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

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stopping her now, is there? SUE BARKER: Its 33 years since a

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British woman, Jo Durie, played in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. But

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today, Jo Konta will walk out onto court is one of the ten women in

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contention for the final on Sunday. After eight glorious days of play at

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Wimbledon, now I'm afraid the rain has arrived. We have only had about

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45 minutes of play. Covers have been going on and off in the past few

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hours. I think it's going to be a bit like that on the outside courts

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for the rest of the day. They are being very patient and waiting. The

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good news is that we do have the roof of the Centre Court. Hello and

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welcome to Wimbledon. Jo Konta has a stern test on Centre Court against

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the world number two, Simona Halep. But she has proved already that she

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can handle the pressure moments. She did it against Donna Vekic and again

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yesterday against Caroline Garcia. It promised to be a fantastic day of

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tennis. Venus Williams, the five-time champion, has overcome

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personal difficulties to reach the quarterfinals. But she is facing

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potentially her toughest test yet. Against the 20-year-old French Open

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champion, Jelena Ostapenko. She was just a few weeks old when Venus made

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her Wimbledon debut in 1997. Another French Open champion, Garbine

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Muguruza, was a finalist here two years ago and made the last eight by

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knocking out the number one, Angelique Kerber. Muguruza faces

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Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has been in terrific form this year

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and hasn't yet dropped a set at Wimbledon. Coco Vandeweghe by the

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24th seed but she's become many people's outside tip for the title.

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It is her second quarterfinal appearance here, and she says she is

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playing with confidence. And so is her opponent today, the unseeded

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Magdalena Rybarikova, who was also a convincing win up when the two met

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at Roland Garros this year. -- a convincing winner. Jo Konta is third

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on Centre Court was afternoon. The expected three is already building

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around the All-England Club and the atmosphere is sure to be electric --

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the expectation. A win for Simona Halep would also guarantee that she

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finishes the week as the new women's world number one. So much at stake

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today. Well, it is ladies quarterfinals day, with a bonus on

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Centre Court, a match that was played yesterday. Novak Djokovic

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wasn't happy, but he's out on court against Adrian Mannarino. Two sets

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up, Djokovic. Will join that match and of the moment. Then it is

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Williams against Ostapenko and later, Konta against Halep. Muguruza

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against Kuznetsova "Number one. -- on Court Number One. It is certainly

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a day when you are very fortunate to be scheduled on Centre Court. For

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all of the others playing on the outside courts, they will be looking

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up to the skies and wondering where is the rain. I'll hand over to

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someone who can tell us, it's Carol. Yes, indeed they will. We are

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looking at showers as we go through the afternoon. There is an 80%

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chance of catching a shower. In between them there will be be dry

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interludes. It looks like the rain will arrive earlier than we thought.

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It looks like 4pm, we can see the onset of that ring. When it sets in,

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it will be heavy and persistent. Under that rain it is noticeably

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cooler than the last few days. The rain will last into the evening.

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Heavy bursts in that. It's not until tomorrow morning, but early tomorrow

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morning, that it clears away from Wimbledon. Then high pressure builds

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on and things settle down nicely. There will be a lot of sunshine and

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highs tomorrow into the low 20s. Thursday's looking pretty good as

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well. Well, there is some good news. It looks like we will get about two

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hours' play before that rain. Maybe they will be moving the ladies

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quarters onto centre this afternoon, who knows. Novak Djokovic is on

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centre because of the four-hour 48 minute epic match between Rafa Nadal

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and Gilles Muller. This was match point, Gilles Muller polling of the

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biggest win of his career at the age of 34. Rafa threw everything at him

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but Muller stood tall. The are from Rafa meant that it is Muller who

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goes through to the last date here at Wimbledon. And it is another sad

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farewell for the two-time champion, Rafael Nadal. -- the last eight.

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Take nothing away from this victory, Gilles Muller served well and held

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his nerve, keeping the break points away from Rafa. And the crowd that

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were there gave a standing ovation for both players because it was a

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very, very special match. It had it all, drama all the way. And very

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sportsmanlike. Rafa waited for his opponent and sign autographs before

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the leading court, he is a class act as well -- before leaving court. Out

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"Number one late yesterday. -- court number one. On Centre Court, Novak

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Djokovic has just taken the second set. This is how he did it in the

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second set tie-break. 6-5 up. Mannarino does challenge that serve.

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That is a big draw that tells you Djokovic means business on Centre

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Court. -- a big draw. It was challenged by Mannarino and it was

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good, Djokovic is 2-0 up. It is the early stages of the third set.

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Mannarino has held serve and Djokovic is serving at 40-30. Let's

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joint John Lloyd and John Inverdale for this one.

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COMMENTATOR: Well, the entertainment level remains high.

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Lots of little subplots here. Djokovic's unhappiness with the

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state of the court. Some really extravagant attempted drop shots by

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the Frenchman, some of which are more successful than others. And

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Djokovic two sets to the good, and what a piece in the third -- won a

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piece in the third. What was that exactly? Talk me

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through that, John? I thought he was going to kick the ball! You thought

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it was going out, then he suddenly thought, no it's not. Then he very

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nearly had to go to A! And it is the wonder of the scoring

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system in ten is that in 20 seconds suddenly 0-30 and this could be the

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game right here -- in ten seconds. Played that well. Entertaining. The

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shots that he's hit between his legs... They're not realistic to

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actually win the point, but it's fun to watch. He is thinking, those are

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the sort of shot I was playing a few years back.

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Well played. That is Novak in Grand Slam winning mode. And yet again,

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Mannarino under pressure on his serve. Two break points to the

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number two seed. Andre Agassi looks on. His expression remarkably

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unchanged. You wouldn't know if Novak was two

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sets up or two sets down by Agassi's face! That's fantastic! That's the

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raw of a champion. A 12 times Grand Slam winner. I'm 13 at Wimbledon

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this year. -- I'm 13. It's just outstanding, isn't it? The

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balance, how low he stays on this court, the way he gets down on the

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ball and still control it and the emotion he is showing today. This is

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a good sight to see. I is following, tracking the ball as it goes past

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his opponent. At last! Andre Agassi saying, yeah, not bad. That's all of

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the yoga and Pilates and everything else! But it is that players and

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your irate didn't really do. -- in your year rut didn't do. I'm being

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nice that! It's a different ball game now. It's been a strange match,

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he's had so many mixed emotions out here. The crowd have loved it,

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though. Nobody knows what to expect in some ways. I think we know what

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to expect in terms of the result, but the ways of going about it,

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we've all been a bit surprised. There's been probably ten shots in

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this match ten rallies that you would put in by, well, or the top of

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Wimbledon. Any show real, certainly, if you are advertising the sport.

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It's just been a riveting match, if now a bit one-sided, with Djokovic

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two sets and a break up and eyeing the quarterfinal tomorrow.

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And an ace on the second serve for good measure.

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APPLAUSE Beautifully timed. I'm not saying

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that big serving as isn't entertaining, but we've only had six

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aces in this match and that has been a contributory factor in it being

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such an engaging and entertaining contest.

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Big serving is kind of like, everything in moderation, isn't it?

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Exactly. When you get to the stage with some of the matches which we've

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seen where you're just going side to side and nobody touches the ball,

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then it's a bit tough. A mixture is good, but when it's one-way traffic

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it can get a bit... The same. Yes. GASPS

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Oh! I was about to say that the net for the first time today was an

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Mannarino's side, and then decided that it definitely wasn't.

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APPLAUSE New

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And almost there. I think the umpire is calling for the doctor again for

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Djokovic. He just said something in the last game. It's a bit of a

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strange time to call for one, really. Not far away from winning,

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you would think. Those are the questions for the press pack in the

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conference afterwards. You know, letter a, what's wrong, B, what

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about the court? Well, heeded welfare. -- he did well

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there. Just a couple of moments in that rally where he could have taken

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the ball coming in and he didn't. You have to work so hard to win

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every point. CROWD GASPS

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That's the first serve and volley, I'm talking about in the rallies,

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not serve and volley. You can see him looking up at his

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box. I told them that was a stupid idea!

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Djokovic was about to take off for this one and he slipped. Decided,

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no, not going to bother. APPLAUSE

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Terrific forehand from Mannarino! Hanging on in there.

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Enjoying the Centre Court experience, to court is really

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enjoying him, too. -- and the Centre Court. This is different now. This

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is the arm of Djokovic. Before it looked like it was just a headache

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or something, because he didn't... Didn't touch anything, just many

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differing around. I saw him do that -- just manoeuvring around. Hitting

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the second serve, he touched his arm. I didn't think much of it, but

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right away he called for the doctor and the physio to come out. That's

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not a good sign, particularly when you have to play back-to-back

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matches as well. If he gets through this one, which presumably he will.

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Yes, this may be one of those moments when the fact that an

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opportunity, maybe with a small O, to play this match last night, it

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wasn't taken, it may actually come back to bite all concerned.

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Mannarino is out, ready to go, Djokovic going back now.

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And Mannarino would have seen that and thought, well, you know, if he

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is 98%, if I can just get into this game... Maybe we're not done and

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dusted yet. To the untutored eye, that shot

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looked OK there. Oh! Some of these rallies have been

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just an absolute joy. They didn't stay any lower than they

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had to on these shots. How did he make that?

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You'd pay good money to watch Mannarino, wouldn't you?

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Well, Djokovic is like the marathon runner.

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Two or three minutes clear at the 24 mile mark and he just wants to get

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the last two miles done and dusted. And somewhere in the women's locker

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room, Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko you would think are going

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through a last few warm up exercises. They'll be thinking about

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that women's quarterfinal before too long.

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But Mannarino's going to keep him waiting just a little bit longer.

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STUDIO: Djokovic now just two game away from going through to the last

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date. They continue under the roof on Centre Court. I'm pleased to say

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that play is continuing out on Court Number One. No rain at the moment.

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It is all going Garbine Muguruza's way at the moment. 4-1 up against

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that Lana Kuznetsova. Muguruza is a former finalist here and played so

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well against Kerber. That match is over on BBC Two. But here on Centre

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Court, oh, it just looks painful. This is worrying for Djokovic bands.

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He needed some tablets in the first few games -- Djokovic fans. Now he

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has a shoulder in Drew. Anyway, we'll see. He's two game from going

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through. Ouch! I don't think I could do that! Anyway, back we go to John

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and John. COMMENTATOR: A medical time-out has

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been called now. Jelena Ostapenko and Venus Williams are going to have

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to wait a bit longer, come what may. That clearly indicates that it is

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perhaps a bit more serious than we thought. I'm not so sure that this

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is the same thing that he took the pills or whatever he did at the

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beginning, I think this is different. I saw him wince on a

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serve a couple of games ago. I think it's different, I'm not sure, but I

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think so. The bottom line is, this is not a good sign for him. Firstly

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he has to get through this much. And would not 24 hours rest, this, you

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know, is obviously a bedtime for him. We don't care how -- a bad time

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for him. We don't know how bad it is but he looks in a lot of pain. This

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is the postponement of the 24 hours, it really is. I was watching the

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Nadal- Mola game last night sitting next to a Serbian television

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journalist who wanted that game to go on and on and on committee said,

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because from a TV point of view in Serbia, I hadn't realised what a big

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cafe society Belgrade is, but apparently it was 37 degrees in

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Belgrade yesterday. He said, the late of the Nadal game goes, the

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later Djokovic is going to be on, and the more fantastic the audience

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figures are going to be. Every cafe in Belgrade is going to be out in

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big screens watching Novak. Of course, he didn't go out on court.

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This guy said, what's going on?! This is our big moment!

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Well, whatever the medical state of play that Novak is in at the moment,

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he needs just eight more points to book a place in the last eight.

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Slowed the ball up. Mannarino should have done a bit better with that,

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that passing shots really had a lot of time.

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Well, that second set tie-break may well prove to have been the key

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moment in this match. Mannarino led 4-2 in that when they changed ends.

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Three errors, a second set to Djokovic and potentially now a

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third. Although... Beautifully played. Yes, a volley like that from

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the Frenchman. You wonder why he doesn't come in more. That's a

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really good forehand volley there. APPLAUSE

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Well, he has hit some sensational winners in this match, Mannarino.

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Just not enough. Well, he really has hung in there.

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He played a bit of a strange game to lose his serve in the third set. He

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thought - well, I'll go away quite quickly after that. But he has

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enjoyed himself. Plus the sight of Djokovic getting treatment, it

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always helps you when you are playing someone and you see that

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going on, but for Novak Djokovic, this is a game where - although

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obviously very experienced, I'm sure he won't - but sometimes when you

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have an injury, you see the finishing line, you rush, you want

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to get off the court so badly, get the treatment and get off the court.

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But, it is an old cliche, but he has to take it one point at a time.

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Well, Djokovic has been in this situation so many times for more

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than a decade now. A big match, on the biggest stage. One time step

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required. -- one final step required.

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He's been a real road runner today, Mannarino.

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Well, we've had a cocktail of headache pills, manipulation,

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arguments with the court, but ultimately, match point.

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CROWD GASPS CROWD GASPS

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UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic challenged the call. At the baseline, the ball was

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called out. Well a fabulous rally. I have a feeling it was in. No, just

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missed it. Mr Djokovic has two challenges remaining. So, two match

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points have gone abegging. Mannarino hanging in there.

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But he will curse not getting that ball back in play. So, for the third

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time, here's Novak Djokovic, serving for the place in the Wimbledon

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quarterfinals. UMPIRE: Mr Djokovic has challenged

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the call. The ball was called out. Well, he is still man overing his

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shoulder. There is clearly something wrong there. But he's going to have

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to fire down at least one more serve before he can get it seen to.

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UMPIRE: Game, set, match, Djokovic. Well a hugely entertaining match.

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3-0 sets. And Tomas Berdych awaits and Roger

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Federer lurks in the bushes and Andy Murray is on the horizon. And

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there's a long way to go before Novak Djokovic reaches the top of

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the mountain once again but he is still climbing and he'll have his

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39th Grand Slam quarterfinal tomorrow.

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And there's a lot of work to be done, clearly, for Novak between now

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and that quarterfinal with Berdych to. A lot of work on that shoulder.

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So fundamental to a tennis player's armoury. Here he is, he has been

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centred throughout the match of various states of parts of Centre

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Court and drawing the umpire's attention there to, well, not

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exactly a molehill but clearly an indentation that the ground staff

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will want to do something about and even more than that, the baseline at

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the far end, the royal box end, has caused concern for the former

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champion here, as the players leave the court and if a lot didn't know

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much about Adrian Mannarino before today, they'll take away very fond

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memories. He played his part in a hugely-entertaining match, that

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lasted for two and aurt quaer hours. Great counter-punching from the

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baseline and great dexterity at the net as well on the odd occasion when

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he found his way there. But ultimately, his first Grand Slam

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quarterfinal has eluded him. And Djokovic, after the mandatory

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programme, cap, ball-signing, and also a few selfies with the Chelsea

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Pensioners. And he is smiling as well. Novak's

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PR machine is very good but actually he really does get the requirements

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of a top tennis player and certainly to see, to spend a week, not exactly

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in his company but aware of his existence at Eastbourne a couple of

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weeks ago, you realise the huge charm offensive that he is engaging

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in at the moment, but also, he can be very, very charming and

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entertaining company and a lot of residents at Eastbourne couldn't

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believe how much time he willingly gave to them, to engage talking

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about tennis but not just tennis, other things as well. So, while the

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Centre Court crowd disperse and,back for the two women's quarterfinals

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that are going to take place this after, first up it is Venus Williams

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up against, Jelena Ostapenko and then Jo Konta against Simona Halep,

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there is confirmation of the score: Two hours and 15 minutes. Novak,

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after the frustrations of yesterday not being able to get on the court

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it must have been good to get off over in a straightforward manner? It

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was a long, tough day today for both of us, waiting for

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over in a straightforward manner? It was a long, tough day today for both

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of us, waiting for an entire day for us to get on the court. It is what

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it is. We got on to court today. I'm glad we were at least scheduled it

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play on Centre Court which meant that even regardless of, if it rains

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or not, we are going to finish the match. I am glad it is all done, and

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looking forward to the next one. It appears you are continuing in had

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rich vein of form that we have seen over the last few weeks? I have not

:44:25.:44:30.

dropped a set on grass yet, Eastbourne and here. I am' feeling

:44:31.:44:35.

good on court and I'm motivated to get as far as I can in the

:44:36.:44:39.

tournament. It is one of my favourite tournaments in the world.

:44:40.:44:42.

Hopefully I'll be able to maintain the rhythm. We saw you have

:44:43.:44:45.

treatment for your shoulder. How is it? Is it a concern going forward?

:44:46.:44:51.

We will see. It is something I have been dragging back and forth for a

:44:52.:44:56.

while now. But, I'm still managing to play, which is the most important

:44:57.:45:00.

thing. Tomas Berdych next, you have a fantastic record against hirges 27

:45:01.:45:05.

matches played, won 25. How do you view that obviously he can play on

:45:06.:45:11.

grass, he reached a final here. Well, that year he beat me in the

:45:12.:45:17.

semis, I think. I think it is one of his most preferred services. He

:45:18.:45:20.

looks grass, a big game, a big serve and forehand. He plays very flat. He

:45:21.:45:26.

has been around for many years, he is an established top ten player. He

:45:27.:45:30.

understands and knows the occasion of playing big matches on the big

:45:31.:45:33.

courts. Matches are getting tougher and tougher. There are no clear

:45:34.:45:37.

favourites. I'll try and give it my best. Finally a word on the court

:45:38.:45:42.

and how it is playing, I saw you point out to the umpire it is

:45:43.:45:48.

cutting up a bit. Is that a worry? Well, during the match I mentioned a

:45:49.:45:53.

hole in the middle of the court, below the service line. And well, he

:45:54.:45:57.

just asked me to show him and I did. You know, he was not very pleased to

:45:58.:46:04.

see that. Courts honestly are the not that great this year. You know

:46:05.:46:08.

many players feel the same but it is what it is. The weather also affects

:46:09.:46:13.

the grass. The grass court, groundsmen, I'm sure they know their

:46:14.:46:20.

job, the best in the world but the grass is probably the most complex

:46:21.:46:25.

surface to maintain. It's not easy. They are trying their best. But, you

:46:26.:46:33.

know, I've played on Bert courts. We wish you well in the next round. SUE

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BARKER: Well no sooner was he off court than the ground staff were on

:46:46.:46:50.

court filling in that. And coach, Agassi will be anxious to get that

:46:51.:46:54.

over. He probably lost a lot of nervous energy yesterday waiting.

:46:55.:46:58.

But he was out here today and he wanted a straight sets win and he

:46:59.:47:02.

got T Djokovic is through. Now the buzz, we turn our attention to

:47:03.:47:08.

ladies quarterfinals day and we have Venus Williams up against Jelena

:47:09.:47:13.

Ostapenko in a moment. Martina is here. How many titles in total at

:47:14.:47:20.

Wimbledon? 20. Just the 20. I was trying to count how many doubles and

:47:21.:47:24.

mixed and everything and John Lloyd is with us. First your opinion on

:47:25.:47:29.

Novak and his form? He has been fired up. He had to get the fire

:47:30.:47:38.

back. As I said before, tennis is a fiery sport. You have to have the

:47:39.:47:45.

fire in the belly to react to the ball and be passionately involved in

:47:46.:47:50.

the game. You cannot go for a nice little meditation during the match.

:47:51.:47:52.

It doesn't work. Actually I did meditate for a while. I had to stop.

:47:53.:47:58.

I was too peaceful. I had to stop that. You have to be fired up and

:47:59.:48:04.

Novak has that fire in the belly again. It is great to see. There

:48:05.:48:09.

were some mighty roars for that. I loved that. As Martina said, we need

:48:10.:48:14.

to see that, we need more of that. It has been flat. It is not his

:48:15.:48:19.

game. It is mental that caused him the problems. He has been flat.

:48:20.:48:25.

Maybe all the wins he has had. When you see him like that, going a bit

:48:26.:48:33.

crazy at times, he loves t the crowd loves it, it shows he is back and

:48:34.:48:38.

complaining, that's not bad either. At least he has the purpose to win

:48:39.:48:44.

the title. I'm just hearing the ripples now. You can probably here

:48:45.:48:50.

the players are out. Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko on Centre

:48:51.:48:55.

Court. What a lovely match this is to look forward to. So much

:48:56.:49:00.

experience with Venus Williams five times the champion here. But for the

:49:01.:49:05.

third match in a row, up against the youngest player left in the

:49:06.:49:08.

tournament. Very exciting, fearless, Ostapenko. We'll talk more on that

:49:09.:49:12.

in a moment but, John, briefly, his comments on the court. That will not

:49:13.:49:19.

please the organisers. Well you know you have a problem when winners are

:49:20.:49:22.

complaining, when losers are complaining, you can say - whatever.

:49:23.:49:25.

You can see it. You can see the problems on the baseline. That is

:49:26.:49:29.

sort of normal but now it is inside the court and even in the service

:49:30.:49:36.

box. There are definite marks as you can see here. It is not good. We

:49:37.:49:42.

have a lot more days left in this tournament. It is worrying. The

:49:43.:49:44.

grass sometimes gets slipped on as much, but nowadays the players don't

:49:45.:49:48.

dive ni. It is like they hit a 5-iron off the surface. Several

:49:49.:49:51.

players that have been winning have been saying it to me. It is a

:49:52.:49:57.

pattern. Not sure what is going on and why, but it is worse. They claim

:49:58.:50:02.

they are not doing anything different. It has to be the weather.

:50:03.:50:05.

I was whoppedering how long we before we get to the weather. We

:50:06.:50:11.

moan when it rains and when it is too hot. We just love moaning. John,

:50:12.:50:19.

before we go, a word on Jo Konta. We have all played here at Wimbledon

:50:20.:50:22.

under the pressure of being a British player. She seems to be

:50:23.:50:25.

handling it so well. I was worried about some of the comments before

:50:26.:50:28.

Wimbledon, where it looked like she was getting edgy. The turn around

:50:29.:50:32.

for me was when she won that epic match. The crowd loved her. I think

:50:33.:50:37.

she'll turn a corner and Mr Play now. It took time for her to love

:50:38.:50:44.

this place but now I think she's happy. She has come through a couple

:50:45.:50:48.

of big matches. She's handling the pressure. The crowd now, it is

:50:49.:50:51.

difficult to play when they are moaning when you miss a shot but

:50:52.:50:56.

when they are with you and going nuts when you hit great shot, she

:50:57.:51:02.

has embraced that and using it to her advantage. Well thank you both

:51:03.:51:06.

very much. We turn our attention to Venus Williams against Jelena

:51:07.:51:08.

Ostapenko. Venus, so much experience, playing here at

:51:09.:51:09.

Wimbledon since 1997. COMMENTATOR: What a lovely moment it

:51:10.:51:15.

is. It really has been the most

:51:16.:51:44.

incredible journey, hasn't it? Even in 1997 she bounced on and was

:51:45.:51:48.

winning matches from the word go. Five years ago, we didn't think she

:51:49.:51:52.

would still be playing. Here she is getting to the finals of the

:51:53.:51:56.

Australian Open and a good chance to win here. My hat off it Venus, every

:51:57.:52:01.

time she found out about her syndrome. Auto immune system Yes,

:52:02.:52:05.

you can't fix it but you can try to manage it. She obviously has been

:52:06.:52:09.

managing it but emotionally to deal with that and get out there every

:52:10.:52:14.

day to keep trying and now she could win another Slam, it is amazing.

:52:15.:52:21.

What is it? Nine years ago was the last time she lifted it. She has

:52:22.:52:27.

only been number 1 for 14 weeks in her career but won so many Majors.

:52:28.:52:32.

This is her favourite surface. She is serving big and playing better

:52:33.:52:35.

with each match. And dealing with everything happening back in

:52:36.:52:37.

America, with the car crash that happened, where the gentlemen died.

:52:38.:52:45.

She's able to focus on the court For tennis players, when things are

:52:46.:52:49.

going well you want to play tennis because you feel good and if it is

:52:50.:52:55.

not, this is great escape. We have to compartmentalise, and all the

:52:56.:52:58.

champions do that, you have to put your mind on the moment. Venus is a

:52:59.:53:03.

champion that can do that. Such a big serve, a weapon here. This last

:53:04.:53:08.

match, she was firing and winning a high percentage of the serves. I

:53:09.:53:14.

think she's 59 off 70 coming to the net, which is astonishing. I would

:53:15.:53:20.

like to see her get there more. One step and shes' there and she has the

:53:21.:53:25.

best swing volley on the game. Great to see her winning. It is. And how

:53:26.:53:31.

exciting it see her owe poent, Jelena Ostapenko. Lima Kenzie has

:53:32.:53:35.

been charting her journey from Wimbledon junior champion, right

:53:36.:53:37.

here to the last 8. As a younger, Jelena Ostapenko had a

:53:38.:53:51.

big reputation. In 2014, she won the Wimbledon Junior Title. COMMENTATOR:

:53:52.:53:57.

She's got it. It was amazing, to win the Grand Slam in the juniors. I did

:53:58.:54:05.

it here. It feels very special to be back and to play again. It is

:54:06.:54:10.

incredible. Looking back at the pictures yesterday, you look so

:54:11.:54:13.

young and you still look so young. How much do you think you have grown

:54:14.:54:20.

as a tennis player and a person since then? Quite a lot. I was also

:54:21.:54:26.

watching those pictures from 2014. I really look like a baby there. Yeah,

:54:27.:54:31.

I think I've changed a lot. But in June this year, everything changed.

:54:32.:54:36.

She started the French Open a relative newcomer and finished a

:54:37.:54:39.

Grand Slam champion. The first unseeded player to win Roland Garros

:54:40.:54:42.

since 1933. I realised I won the French Open. It feels really nice. I

:54:43.:54:47.

have more confidence but of course people are expecting more from me

:54:48.:54:52.

now but I need to focus and get ready for every match. Ostapenko's

:54:53.:54:56.

form has transformed from clay to grass. Reputation meant little as

:54:57.:55:03.

she despatched the big names on her way to the quarterfinal. Of course I

:55:04.:55:08.

have a little pressure but I'm going to take one match at a time and I'm

:55:09.:55:15.

just going to prepare for, as I said, for every match. I like it

:55:16.:55:20.

play on grass. I think it suits my style well. Like so many young

:55:21.:55:23.

players, Ostapenko grew up idolising Serena, today she faces Venus,

:55:24.:55:26.

someone who is playing at Wimbledon, the same clear that Jelena Ostapenko

:55:27.:55:32.

was born but that won't inhibit the latest Grand Slam winner. It seems

:55:33.:55:39.

that nothing does. SUE BARKER: It is an incredible

:55:40.:55:46.

journey. You think in March this year she was marked 71 in the world

:55:47.:55:51.

and won the French Open and new here. It has been meteoric. I like

:55:52.:55:56.

this about her, feisty, firy and fearless. And it paid off French

:55:57.:56:04.

Open. She gets upset with herself but then is ready for the next

:56:05.:56:11.

point. I like what she said, after winning the French Open - OK I've

:56:12.:56:17.

done a good job but now she's backed it up with getting here. I look her.

:56:18.:56:24.

The 42 winners, she hit against sell Lena, Bishop, bash, Bosch Yes and

:56:25.:56:29.

she is a great defender. She can match up against anybody. It will be

:56:30.:56:33.

interesting to see if she can atake Venus. And take her opportunity in

:56:34.:56:37.

the match. You don't think she'll be over awed by this, do you? Not at

:56:38.:56:43.

all. She'll embrace it. Been there, done that. She loves it. Loves being

:56:44.:56:47.

on centre stage and played her best tennis under enormous pressure at

:56:48.:56:50.

the French Open and keeps winning three-set matches. A great

:56:51.:56:52.

competitor. The players are getting ready. Thank you very much for

:56:53.:56:58.

Martina. She has to go she'll be calling this match along with Nick

:56:59.:56:59.

Mullins. NICK MULLINS: Appearing on these

:57:00.:57:16.

lawns for the 20th year. The oldest player in the draw, playing the

:57:17.:57:20.

youngest player left in the draw, Jelena Ostapenko. What does this

:57:21.:57:24.

contest hold in store for us? 11th in the world. Seeded 10th in the

:57:25.:57:30.

absence of her pregnant centre, who I'm absolutely sure will be watching

:57:31.:57:34.

somewhere back home in Florida and we're still in the greenhouse.

:57:35.:57:39.

They've kept the roof shut. As much as they are playing on the outside

:57:40.:57:43.

courts, there is the threat of rain, so rather than go through the

:57:44.:57:47.

rigmarole of opening it and closing it again in 45 minutes, they remain

:57:48.:57:55.

under cover for this women's quarter final and Ostapenko won the toss and

:57:56.:58:05.

invited Venus Williams to serve first. UMPIRE: Ready play.

:58:06.:59:22.

She has achieved so much. We know she has, fairy-tale match in France.

:59:23.:59:33.

We will forgive her a few errors. Her very first quarterfinals match

:59:34.:59:38.

at Wimbledon against Venus Williams. It's as terrifying as it gets, I

:59:39.:59:40.

think. This could be better or worse,

:59:41.:59:55.

depending on how you were looking at it, if she was playing Serena

:59:56.:00:00.

Williams rather than her sister. Serena was her hero, that is who she

:00:01.:00:05.

watched play the most. And here she is against Venus Williams, the

:00:06.:00:08.

five-time winner here. A tall order indeed. UMPIRE: The ball was called

:00:09.:00:19.

in. I'm pretty sure it was in, I'm not sure why she is challenging.

:00:20.:00:28.

She has still got two left. The umpire is from Croatia. Quick

:00:29.:00:38.

serving from Venus Williams, three aces. It sends a message. Her mum

:00:39.:00:51.

and sister. Five times the single champion here, pitching for a sixth

:00:52.:00:56.

now. In 2008, she beat her sister in the final, pushed into the

:00:57.:00:59.

semifinals last summer when she was denied another hour on the court

:01:00.:01:04.

with her sister by Angelique Kerber. Continuing to defy the march of time

:01:05.:01:09.

with that extraordinary run to the finals in Melbourne again at the

:01:10.:01:10.

start of the year. That's what she does! She doesn't

:01:11.:01:37.

hang around. Well, we talked about the power. She moved so well to take

:01:38.:01:41.

that ball to be able to hit that forehand and controlled on the line.

:01:42.:01:45.

That was a very good return from Venus Williams. Ostapenko in plenty

:01:46.:01:46.

of time. No warm up here, going all out from

:01:47.:02:06.

the get go, three aces at the start of the match. That is amazing,

:02:07.:02:08.

actually. Well, she ain't going to get a lot

:02:09.:03:05.

of time of my close Williams returns. Exactly, that second serve,

:03:06.:03:13.

55 mph, she is going to have to get the first serve in all go off like

:03:14.:03:17.

the second serve. Xie Hao Ostapenko will attack Venus's second serve,

:03:18.:03:23.

but I think Venus will do the same here. Venus's second serve is better

:03:24.:03:25.

than Ostapenko's second serve. Three balls into the net. Venus

:03:26.:03:43.

hitting the ball pretty hard. Ostapenko just not getting under the

:03:44.:03:48.

bold enough. Break point already. -- under the ball enough.

:03:49.:04:02.

Venus's mum watching bad, Prydie happy. -- pretty happy. Blazing

:04:03.:04:20.

start for Venus. That is her sister. Latvian sport's hottest property

:04:21.:04:54.

right now, provider of one of the sport's stories of the year so far,

:04:55.:04:58.

out of the blue winner in Paris last month. Trying to jog around on the

:04:59.:05:07.

baseline, anticipate where that serve's going to go. Venus has been

:05:08.:05:13.

using the body serve very effectively. Then you get older, you

:05:14.:05:18.

get wiser, and you use it more and more. -- when you get older. You

:05:19.:05:24.

don't get aces that way, but you get weak replies. Hit on that second

:05:25.:05:25.

shot. She hasn't really got going yet. A

:05:26.:05:49.

face that was wreathed in smiles not so long ago just a little bit of

:05:50.:05:52.

puzzlement on it at the moment. A glimpse of a Grand Slam winning

:05:53.:06:34.

shot. The big step for Ostapenko is to get into the rally against Venus

:06:35.:06:35.

Williams. Killing it! Yes, she has a break and

:06:36.:07:01.

she leads 3-0. SUE BARKER: Looking very composed

:07:02.:07:05.

out on Centre Court, Venus Williams racing to 3-0. We will be right back

:07:06.:07:10.

with this, but let's show you what's happening over on Court Number One.

:07:11.:07:16.

Garbine Muguruza, the former finalist, is a set and a break up

:07:17.:07:21.

against that Lana Kuznetsova. She just started playing at the

:07:22.:07:24.

beginning of the year much more freely and reaching the

:07:25.:07:26.

quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She is playing in the same

:07:27.:07:30.

manner here, and when she's like that she is always dangerous,

:07:31.:07:34.

Muguruza. She has the advantage out on Court Number One right now. A

:07:35.:07:39.

couple of results to bring you. Good news for Britain's Jamie Murray and

:07:40.:07:45.

his partner Martina Hingis in the mixed doubles. They came through in

:07:46.:07:54.

straight sets today. 6-3, 6-4. They offer. They are very much the

:07:55.:07:59.

favourites to win the title. Martina Hingis the winner of 17 Grand Slam

:08:00.:08:03.

doubles titles. Of course Jamie, the former mixed doubles champion here,

:08:04.:08:08.

two-time men's doubles Grand Slam champion, everybody loving that

:08:09.:08:11.

victory out there. Oh, Judy and Carol! Well, she just gave us the

:08:12.:08:18.

weather and she has hotfooted it down to court number do. I'm sure

:08:19.:08:22.

they were talking all things Strictly while they were watching!

:08:23.:08:27.

That was on Court Number Two. Of an court number three, this is a big

:08:28.:08:33.

upset. The Brits are through. Ken Skupski and his brother, Neal, are

:08:34.:08:41.

through. They are through to the next round. That's what's been

:08:42.:08:49.

happening elsewhere. Back we go, and it is 15- 02 Ostapenko. -- 15-0.

:08:50.:09:02.

COMMENTATOR: Talking about Venus Williams making her Wimbledon debut,

:09:03.:09:10.

a Elaine Ostapenko was a fortnight old. 15 days to be precise. Born in

:09:11.:09:16.

June the 8th 1997. How many hours by Lexmark that is funny. I ran into

:09:17.:09:23.

that at the end of my career, it's just peculiar when that happens.

:09:24.:09:32.

Ostapenko, you know you are old when you are older than your opponent's

:09:33.:09:36.

mother, or about the same age! A lovely touch from Ostapenko. You can

:09:37.:09:43.

see that backspin. It looks like Jelena will get on the board here.

:09:44.:10:01.

Dominant play from Williams. Then immediately behind the return of

:10:02.:10:11.

serve. Venus's shot selection has been excellent going forward when

:10:12.:10:14.

she has the time. Not too much, just enough. Outstanding so far.

:10:15.:10:37.

And that was not a bad serve. She needs to put a bit of slice on it.

:10:38.:10:48.

When Venus moves towards the ball, she is deadly, she loves to be on a

:10:49.:10:53.

stretch, one step ahead. She needs to make her body move away from the

:10:54.:10:58.

ball. It's tricky, though, if you don't hit that body serve just

:10:59.:11:01.

right, you're a sitting duck, pretty much.

:11:02.:11:17.

I love the way she plays. On top, Martina, she kind of plays without a

:11:18.:11:26.

care in the world. She hits every ball like it might be her last. She

:11:27.:11:30.

doesn't let life pass her by when she's on the court, does she, she

:11:31.:11:35.

takes every opportunity. Every point, and she's ready to go. You

:11:36.:11:39.

can see her mum there with the blunt her. You can tell that mum. -- with

:11:40.:11:46.

the blonde hair. With her coach, it's been a great partnership so

:11:47.:11:48.

far, I have to say. Anabel Medina Grigar is on the left,

:11:49.:12:13.

a former top 20 player, only we simply retired, three years ago. Mum

:12:14.:12:21.

Jelena. -- only recently retired. It is a Slavic thing, to name your kids

:12:22.:12:28.

after you. It's quite common. It can get confusing, though. Great serving

:12:29.:12:36.

from Venus Williams. I have another question about Slavic names, but we

:12:37.:12:39.

might leave that until a little bit later. It's to do with what we

:12:40.:12:44.

really ought to call Jelena Ostapenko. You're looking a key

:12:45.:12:52.

statistic on the board, what's catching your eye? The percentage of

:12:53.:12:57.

Venus serves, she has 64, but their deadly when they go in. Winning

:12:58.:12:58.

eight out of nine points. Of course, it's not how many double

:12:59.:13:11.

fault you hit, but when you hit them. You can't throw away a second

:13:12.:13:15.

serve, go for more. Williams 4-1 with the brakes, first

:13:16.:13:39.

set. So, there's Jelena, or is it?

:13:40.:14:02.

Because we found out over the last couple of days that actually her

:14:03.:14:07.

family and her friends have always called her Aliona. Which is what

:14:08.:14:15.

everybody in Riga calls her, back home. It is what her mum Jelena

:14:16.:14:19.

calls her. Mum and that wanted to give her a name which had its roots

:14:20.:14:23.

in Ukraine, which is important to the family. But you can probably

:14:24.:14:26.

explain this better than me, Martina, but they wouldn't have been

:14:27.:14:30.

legally recognised as a name in Latvia because they have what is

:14:31.:14:34.

called naming days, can you explain that? Yes, I think France does it

:14:35.:14:39.

too. There are improved names that you have to give your kid to go with

:14:40.:14:45.

your heritage. The Soviets of course are very big on rules. There was a

:14:46.:14:48.

certain amount of names that you could get. My mum gave me Martina,

:14:49.:14:56.

there were no Martinas, it was accepted but it was an unusual name

:14:57.:15:00.

back then. You have to give an approved name, but then you can call

:15:01.:15:04.

your kid whatever you want. It's fascinating study if they had a

:15:05.:15:09.

choice, they would have named her Aliona, but they were not allowed.

:15:10.:15:13.

The umpire yesterday called her Aliona. She said, it's the first

:15:14.:15:17.

time in a match and umpire had called her Aliona, and she was

:15:18.:15:22.

filled with it. -- she was thrilled with it.

:15:23.:15:39.

And just to finish that story, Martina, the Latvians have been so

:15:40.:15:46.

taken with what she's achieved in recent times that from henceforth

:15:47.:15:55.

on, August 18 will be Aliona day. It is an official name now. It will be,

:15:56.:16:03.

brilliant. Yes, because every day has a name attached to it. So if it

:16:04.:16:10.

is your name day, you celebrate it. Suburbs you get a take and some

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sweets. You get your birthday, and you get a name day. -- sometimes you

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get a birthday take. That's heavy duty stuff. I wonder if she will

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change her name officially or not. Venus will always be Venus. And

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she's always been that good! Yes, she pounced on that short ball.

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She's inside the baseline for the second serve return. She is ready to

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spring forward, as she did there. Hard enough, but a little short.

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Ostapenko perhaps finding her bearings here little bit. Holding

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on. Interesting to look at the speed that Venus Williams is returning

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that serve, an indication of how much harder she's hitting it today.

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That is a big difference on both serves, 5-6 mph. That is a good

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chunk of change, always coming back much, much quicker. You'd better be

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ready after that serve. You know, when I was standing on the

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court with Sue, I've played on this court with the roof closed, but it

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didn't occur to me that this is the only indoor court without lights on!

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I mean, you don't need lights during the day, you get enough light coming

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through the roof, it's very peculiar. It's a funny sensation.

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It's not as funny as watching tennis on this court with you! It feels

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like I'm watching tennis in your back garden, it's your court,

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really, along with one or two other courts! I don't mind sharing it with

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a slew of other greats. It's just nice to be part of it. Venus does

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not like to challenge, she has to be pretty sure she's right before she

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challenges a call. No throwaway challenges for her.

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Ostapenko not moving forward at all on that ball. Perhaps too much

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respect for that Williams serve. She usually stays inside the baseline

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also to return that second serve. Venus's coaches, David on the far

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left has been with her for years and years.

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APPLAUSE UMPIRE: New balls, please.

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He will be extremely satisfied with what he's seen thus far, Martina.

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Venus is just dominating when she gets that first serve in. Six

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winners, six and forced, she's forced a lot of errors, but most of

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what she's getting on top of the Ostapenko second serve and starting

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the rallies really well. Did you hear Novak Djokovic talking after

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his win 15 or 20 minutes ago about the state of the court, Martina,

:20:25.:20:29.

about the divots and the holes and a lot of conversation about the state

:20:30.:20:32.

of the courts all over this wonderful complex over the last week

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or so. Here on Centre Court, the worst he could ever remember,

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Djokovic, he said to us afterwards, it's been a tough old job for Neil

:20:43.:20:45.

Stubley, the head groundsman. Normally the court gets worn out

:20:46.:20:51.

into that he ought yellow dead grass and then it's dirt, but it is still

:20:52.:20:56.

steady and flat for the most part. But these divots, I've never seen

:20:57.:21:00.

the grounds people so busy after the match replacing the divots. I mean,

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you just don't get divots here. There's got to be something that's

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going on. The weather affecting it all the grass. I guess it didn't

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change the composition of the grass... Alastair Cook. He had no

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worries about the pitch on Lord's at Sunday, finishing in double quick

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time against South Africa. Ostapenko serving to stay in this first set. I

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wonder what the court would be like if we have the old serve and volley

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game, it would be dug up that much more, especially around the service

:21:34.:21:38.

line. It's tricky out there. Some holes in the court that shouldn't be

:21:39.:21:43.

there, you feel like you could almost bring your ankle when you

:21:44.:21:47.

step into it. That's dangerous at that point. -- sprain your ankle.

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Yes, I know that the grounds folk like lots of people will have been

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up and down the country on Sunday pending the lawns, doing what they

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can do to put water on it. They've got their hands full this year.

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The youngest remaining player in the draw. She came through some is the

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key matches to reach the quarterfinals. There nearly beaten

:22:28.:22:31.

by the Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in the second. She needed

:22:32.:22:38.

eight match points before seeing of the fourth seed, Elina Svitolina,

:22:39.:22:39.

yesterday. That was an impressive win. She was

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one of the favourites at the French Open. Ostapenko won the whole thing

:22:55.:23:01.

there. A much admired player here, Ostapenko beat her in the second

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week of a bold. I think it was the first, second week. To lean as well.

:23:07.:23:12.

Isn't that great, lots of names for occasional tennis folk to conjure

:23:13.:23:13.

with now. They've known about this woman for a

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while. Yes, she's hitting that second serve return. Again, you're

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better really stretching her out wide. One step Venus is a dangerous

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Venus. Four out of 12 on second serve for

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Ostapenko. That's not good enough. Nicely done. She did well to get up

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to that ball. She has a pretty flat ground strokes, when the court is

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short for her she has two either find the net or hit long because she

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just has so little margin of error with that ball. She would much

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rather be hitting the ball from just behind the baseline them in front of

:24:54.:24:54.

it. Smart play by Ostapenko. A little

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smile on her face. Is that the first we've seen of the match? That will

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calm the nerves in the box as well. And it means that Venus Williams

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will have to serve for this first set.

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She has another challenge. Is she going to? It was out, I probably

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wouldn't be challenging. She's pretty steady out there. Of course

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Venus has three challengers left. I would just calm myself down by

:26:08.:26:09.

challenging, but it was well out. Oh! That's what I mean. Fantastic

:26:10.:26:25.

return. Venus did really well just to get the ball into play. Not only

:26:26.:26:31.

did she get it into play, she got it low and short, the great hand from

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behind her foot. Ostapenko can't roll it up to clear the net.

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She really should be 0-30. It changes the whole feel of the game

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for Venus Williams. Instead she goes for the big serve, breathing much

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easier. We've been on court for very nearly

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half an hour. Ostapenko has wrestled her way more and more into this

:27:31.:27:34.

contest. But it might have come too late for this first set.

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A little shake of the head. A quizzical look back down at the

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court. But it's what happens on grass. You sometimes don't get the

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bounce your expecting. Williams has won the first set 6-3. Exactly, the

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ball bounced straight up, that is grass court tennis, that's what

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happens when the ball hit the line. What a fantastic set from Venus

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Williams. Solid as a rock serving. 16% of the first serves in. Winning

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80% of the points. It's hard to find an opening. Ostapenko only got to

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30, that was it. A break point. But she kind of clawed her way into the

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match, holding her serve three times. She has to find a way to get

:28:52.:28:58.

into the Venus Williams serve. Big serve, big returns, big strike of

:28:59.:28:59.

the ball. Let's have a look at some numbers.

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We've mentioned one or two already, Martina.

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First serves in, and obvious disparity at the moment from a

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Latvian point of view. Exactly, the unforced errors are not too bad for

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Ostapenko. She has been in the plus for the tournament and Venus in the

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minors. She has been winning the points and backing up the second

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serve. That has been Ostapenko's and he'll is healed, not getting enough

:29:34.:29:37.

first serves in and losing too many points on the second serve. Order of

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the day number one, hold serve. Order of the day number two, and try

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to find a way to break Williams's serve.

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And that's why trying to get into the semifinals of Wimbledon is a

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devil of a job. Second round in 2015. First round in

:29:58.:30:15.

2016. Quarterfinalist in 2017. There are some players who hit it

:30:16.:30:57.

hard but it fizzles out when it comes over the net, like in

:30:58.:31:02.

Badminton, it goes fast first but then it slows down, hers carries

:31:03.:31:03.

through the court really well. The half-volley off the baseline. It

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is a dangerous proposition. You are not going to get a true bounce. So

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you are really taking a chance. Better to back up and save some

:32:04.:32:05.

time. Do you know, we batter you with lots

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of stats and statistics these days but the most astonishing stat or

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statistics to come out of Roland Garros last month was she was

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hitting, on average, her forehand, faster than Andy Murray was. That

:32:38.:32:41.

says everything about the shot. I think she has the fourth hardest

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forehand, period. I think Nadal, Del Potro and one other man hit it

:32:48.:32:51.

harder than she was, in front of Andy Murray and anyone else in the

:32:52.:32:58.

field. That was a great shot. I thought Venus hit a winner there.

:32:59.:33:06.

She gives it a wallop. A big swing on the return of serve and it is

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hard to adjust to the bounce. The fall was short and slow for Venus'

:33:13.:33:16.

first serve but that big swing, hard to control.

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It is one of those statistics you talk about when you go down the pub

:33:22.:33:30.

at night, isn't it? They are the best.

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Well, this woman, the sliced forehand return. She's thinking out

:33:41.:33:46.

there. Whether she is thinking about changing it up, but she has the

:33:47.:33:53.

ability to do it. Putting in the spin and drawing the error from

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Williams. Well t sounded like a rock

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conterrorist, battle of the drummers underneath the roof on Centre Court

:34:50.:34:54.

right now and she's got break point. - a rock concert. Great foot work.

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Just little stutter steps, getting into perfect position. The fist

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break point of the match for Ostapenko.

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When it comes off, you break, when it doesn't, maybe going for too much

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but that was just a fantastic evident from Venus Williams.

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And what is notable about the best players at points like that,

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Martina, they don't take a step backwards, they take a step forwards

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Exactly. I've not seen Venus hit the ball

:36:06.:36:18.

this hard in a long time. Venus plays fast. Jelena also plays

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fast. This is when champions strike right back, when they escape,

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somehow, for some reason, that next game, you see a lot of breaks.

:37:16.:37:56.

Venus Williams is covering the court beautifully today.

:37:57.:38:35.

She needs to develop more spin on the ground shots, Martina, to

:38:36.:38:41.

challenge long-term here, do you think? That certainly is the next

:38:42.:38:48.

step for her. It is a must. Of course, she's 20. Plenty of time.

:38:49.:38:53.

She has to negotiate three break points against her name here,

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however. 37 Venus. The oldest player to get

:38:58.:39:21.

this far at Wimbledon in a Grand Slam for 23 years, Martinia. The

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oldest player since... That would've been me - '94. I would have to say

:39:27.:39:44.

that Venus and Serena said - we'll never play in our 30s and here they

:39:45.:39:49.

are in their late 30s, really dominating. Serena became pregnant

:39:50.:39:52.

while number 1 and will no doubt be coming back and Venus, I think,

:39:53.:39:58.

could get to number 5 if she wins the tournament. Absolutely. I don't

:39:59.:40:14.

need to tell you this, you know this, Martina, beat Novotina that

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day. There is Max Whitlock, the gymnast who just got married.

:40:21.:40:28.

Congratulations to Mr and Mr Whitlock. We are constantly trying

:40:29.:40:34.

to put what Venus Williams is achieving, is still doing, into some

:40:35.:40:40.

kind of perspective. And with a break of serve, here she is, and

:40:41.:40:46.

having won the first set, 2-1 up in the second.

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And frustration starting to boil over here. She can't get the racket

:41:55.:41:58.

near it. Venus seems to be playing even

:41:59.:42:09.

faster between points, not letting Ostapenko breathe. The combination

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of the Williams' power and Paddington stares across the box

:42:17.:42:18.

from Ostapenko. The average speed of Williams' first

:42:19.:42:42.

serve in this match has been 107 miles per hour. The average speed.

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She moved up to another level yesterday and is keeping it up

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today. She has her confidence, feeling the rhythm. And when you

:43:04.:43:06.

have it, use it. What a wonderful scene. Strr court,

:43:07.:43:42.

under the roof -- Centre Court, under the roof. The greenhouse

:43:43.:43:45.

effect, given the dreadful weather forecast around these parts today.

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And we are nice and dry and warm here on Centre.

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Ah. 40 years since Virginia took tea with the Queen. Jo Konta on next

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guest Simona Halep. 1984, Jo Durie. She's starting to feel at home on

:45:04.:45:21.

this Centre Court again, Ostapenko. Finding her rhythm.

:45:22.:46:20.

One of the things we've always admired or certainly over the last

:46:21.:46:27.

12 months about Jelena Ostapenko, are the fast feet that were

:46:28.:46:30.

developed on the dance floor she tells us. She took ballroom dancing

:46:31.:46:33.

lessons for about seven years. It was only recently she decided she

:46:34.:46:37.

wanted to be a tennis player rather than a dancer. She is still only 20,

:46:38.:46:44.

we have to keep reminding ourselves. She will appreciate that, Darcy

:46:45.:46:51.

bustle on the left-hand side. It is all about developing skills as a

:46:52.:46:55.

world class dancer. It is interesting, isn't it? I know you

:46:56.:47:01.

talk a lot about this, about how the transferrable skills from one

:47:02.:47:04.

discipline can be brought on to a tennis court. Well the biggest thing

:47:05.:47:08.

you get in dancing, you have to know what every single body part is

:47:09.:47:12.

doing, so complete body control. And that can transfer into whatever

:47:13.:47:15.

technique you need in a tennis court. In tennis, it doesn't matter

:47:16.:47:21.

what the body is doing, as long as the contact is right. But if you

:47:22.:47:27.

have good technique, it helps. Ostapenko knows all about the body

:47:28.:47:32.

control. Once you tell her, what she has to do, I think she'll be able to

:47:33.:47:39.

do it. Other than the quick feet, that can make a huge difference, of

:47:40.:47:42.

course. Well she overcooked that volley a

:47:43.:47:54.

little bit. I think we should just do away with

:47:55.:48:44.

the let, just play the ball. There is an event in Milan in

:48:45.:49:05.

November where they are going to do away with the let calls and

:49:06.:49:10.

experiment with one or two things as well on the men's tour. A little bit

:49:11.:49:18.

of on-court coaching. The let call is just an outdated rule. There is

:49:19.:49:21.

no reason for it. The quality of the ball striking

:49:22.:49:56.

from both has been exceptional. Hitting the ball pretty clean, both

:49:57.:50:02.

of them. Ostapenko with a little more power. Just so clean in the

:50:03.:50:05.

middle of the racket. Well, well, well. Her coach and her

:50:06.:51:08.

mum watch none admiration. The other mum, a little less so. The first

:51:09.:51:14.

hiccup there from Venus Williams. She's been improving on her serve.

:51:15.:51:18.

Just one break point the whole match. The Ostapenko position, I

:51:19.:51:25.

think just gave Venus pause on that second serve. She's trying to be

:51:26.:51:29.

brave on the service positions and working hard on the anticipation.

:51:30.:51:33.

Not taking it for granted that Williams will dominate. So back on

:51:34.:51:35.

serve in the second set, 3-3. Snr is there anyone smarter on

:51:36.:52:03.

Centre Court today? That's a touch of genius. That's the

:52:04.:52:19.

touch of a very special player Yes, she doesn't seem to want to be at

:52:20.:52:26.

the net but when she gets there she has the confidence it get

:52:27.:52:29.

imaginative. And this is great hands there. She's in trouble - she got

:52:30.:52:31.

out of it. Venus Williams is backing up a

:52:32.:52:56.

little bit on court. Now the openings are bigger for Jelena.

:52:57.:53:22.

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

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SUE BARKER: And when the youngster gets momentum she's hard to stop.

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We'll be right back. But on Court One. Garbine Muguruza took her place

:54:04.:54:10.

in the last four, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova. Wonderful tennis out on

:54:11.:54:14.

Court One. More power play from both sides of the net. Coach, Martinez

:54:15.:54:20.

delighted with Muguruza who goes through 6-3, 6-4. Although she had a

:54:21.:54:24.

dip in form after winning the French Open last year, she is really back

:54:25.:54:31.

to her best again. She will be back for the semifinals,

:54:32.:54:42.

Rybarikova or Vandeweghe. That match is on BBC Two. We'll keep you

:54:43.:54:50.

up-to-date on BBC One as well. So back to centre.

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NICK MULLINS: Where are we Martina? Are we seeing a significant shift in

:54:55.:55:11.

the tides here, or a temporary one? MARTINA NAVRATILOVA? It's hard to

:55:12.:55:19.

tell. I think it could be temporary. We'll see what happens.

:55:20.:56:33.

A nice comfortable hold for Venus, it put the pressure back on

:56:34.:56:37.

Ostapenko. Serve at 85 miles per hour. Given

:56:38.:57:00.

the treatment by the Latvian. That serve a little faster, 113. Won

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her the point. Won her the game. Hard to tell from the Williams' camp

:57:17.:57:43.

that she is actually winning this match.

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UMPIRE: Miss Ostapenkochallenges the call. The ball was called out.

:57:50.:00:09.

You have to admire her spunk. She's fearless. Fearless tennis.

:00:10.:00:18.

Big swings across the service line, but she makes it.

:00:19.:00:51.

Not by much. UMPIRE: Mrs Ostapenko has one

:00:52.:00:58.

challenge remaining. UMPIRE: Game Miss Ostapenko. She's

:00:59.:01:17.

moved within a game of squaring things up set-wise. Unforced errors

:01:18.:01:25.

and winners, Ostapenko is 20-14 positive. Veens 12 winners, 14

:01:26.:01:30.

unforced. On paper, Ostapenko is winning this match. Just looking at

:01:31.:01:36.

that number. She needs to get a few more first serves in. But she's

:01:37.:01:39.

picked it up in the second set. Average net clearance as well. #

:01:40.:01:46.

She's gambling a bit more. That's how she's playing. She plays very

:01:47.:01:51.

low over the net. So that window is very shallow. Particularly when

:01:52.:01:58.

she's inside the baseline. She's always walking dangerously there,.

:01:59.:02:11.

The girl who created Latvian tennis history at Roland Garros. Up against

:02:12.:02:14.

somebody who has been creating tennis history for much of her

:02:15.:02:16.

career. She's not on her own. He is safely

:02:17.:02:28.

through to the men's quarter finals. He beat Adrian Mannarino in three

:02:29.:02:33.

sets, in the rescheduled match that started at mid-day here onEr isser.

:02:34.:02:40.

-- here on Centre. The main business of the day is the women's quarter

:02:41.:02:42.

finals. All of a sudden things get much

:02:43.:03:49.

closer for Venus Williams than she would like. Comfortably ahead now,

:03:50.:03:57.

she's just three points from the possibility of losing the set.

:03:58.:04:21.

98mph second serve comes back with interest. Ostapenko really picking

:04:22.:04:27.

tup here, the last three games. Played here for the first time in

:04:28.:05:27.

1973. How did you deal with matches like this early on in your career,

:05:28.:05:32.

when you were the second favourite? What was the approach? It's great,

:05:33.:05:35.

there is no pressure. I'm supposed to lose, so I can go all out.

:05:36.:05:46.

Everybody's got different pressures. For Venus, how many more times will

:05:47.:05:52.

she be in this position. It's when you know your time is running out,

:05:53.:05:53.

it becomes very precious. Ostapenko could be here 15 more

:05:54.:06:00.

times. That's the way she plays. He coach

:06:01.:06:52.

knows that. Her mum knows that. Her mum used to be her coach.

:06:53.:06:58.

A joint coaching team now. It's working pretty well

:06:59.:07:10.

What a great job she did bringing that break point down. No sign of

:07:11.:07:19.

nerves there. S Now forcing the error from Ostapenko.

:07:20.:07:30.

UMPIRE: Game Ms Williams. Venus Williams bouncing around inside the

:07:31.:08:11.

baseline, taking control of this quarter final.

:08:12.:08:25.

I feel like the net is getting in the way too much for Ostapenko. She

:08:26.:08:32.

hits such a low mile. When you get nervous you decelerate a bit. She

:08:33.:08:35.

hit three balls into the net. She's not happy.

:08:36.:08:40.

20 unforced errors. It isn't her coaches hitting the

:08:41.:08:45.

ball into the net. No. They're the ones who bear the brunt of it. Two

:08:46.:08:55.

solid games from Venus Williams, back to the wall a bit there.

:08:56.:09:07.

Displayed really solid tennis. 15-30 and three first

:09:08.:09:11.

30-30, Ostapenko missed that return that would have been a winner. She

:09:12.:09:16.

miss today wide. That's all she wrote. Now Venus Williams serving

:09:17.:09:20.

for the match and a place in the semis once again.

:09:21.:09:26.

At a time when a lot of us would have thought she'd have been beyond

:09:27.:09:32.

it, she's still pushing for Grand Slam semifinals, Grand Slam finals.

:09:33.:09:36.

Here she is once more serving for a place in the last four of Wimbledon.

:09:37.:09:55.

What a serve. 98mph. A lot of slice. The ball stayed low. Ostapenko that

:09:56.:10:28.

big swing, will never catch up. Where did this end up? Right by his

:10:29.:10:35.

nose. The ageless Venus Williams at the

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age of 37 for another Wimbledon semifinal.

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UMPIRE: Game, set and match Miss Williams.

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A month on from Paris, there will be no London fairy-tale for Jelena

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Ostapenko. But Venus Williams continuing to take care of business.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE What an athlete. What a performer

:12:13.:12:17.

and what a champion. Maybe a champion again on Saturday. She is

:12:18.:12:22.

in there shaking her fists. She's the only one that's done it before.

:12:23.:12:26.

That really pays off. Ostapenko has done a good job here getting into

:12:27.:12:32.

the second week. Not sure whether the umpire is telling her to wait.

:12:33.:12:36.

Don't know if she knows the protocol. Venus Williams has done it

:12:37.:12:40.

before. Nobody else in the tournament has won Wimbledon before.

:12:41.:12:43.

Until you win it the first time, you don't know whether you can. That

:12:44.:12:51.

kind of doubt can when you're on the court and Venus Williams here for

:12:52.:12:54.

the sixth time. Whatever happens between now and Saturday afternoon,

:12:55.:12:58.

she'll be back in the world's top ten on Monday, when the rankings are

:12:59.:13:02.

out. Denise Lewis amongs those in the Royal Box lending their support.

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A quick word for Ostapenko. She's not going to win this one, but we

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saw enough out there to underline again the talent that she has. She's

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20 years old. She's just getting started. Fantastic win at the French

:13:19.:13:23.

Open. She needs to shorten up some swings for faster playing grass and

:13:24.:13:29.

improve her second serve. Sky's the limit for that woman. She has a good

:13:30.:13:33.

attitude. She knows what to do on the court. We'll see her again. But

:13:34.:13:41.

it is Venus who moves on to Thursday's semifinal. She's won it

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6-3, 7-5. SUE BARKER: What a performance from the five-time

:13:49.:13:52.

champion here, Venus Williams through to her tenth Wimbledon

:13:53.:13:56.

semifinal. Looking for her first title for nine years. I tell you, if

:13:57.:14:00.

you would bet against it, after that match, like all great champions, you

:14:01.:14:04.

need to pace yourself through the draw and get better with every

:14:05.:14:08.

match. She certainly is doing that. She's dismissed a very difficult

:14:09.:14:12.

opponent today in the big hitting Latvian, Jelena Ostapenko. So Venus

:14:13.:14:17.

Williams takes a bow on Centre Court here at Wimbledon, through to the

:14:18.:14:24.

last four again. Venus and Jelena leave Centre Court. There's a buzz

:14:25.:14:28.

around here, next up, guess what, it is Britain's number one against the

:14:29.:14:32.

world number two. # You don't have to be rich to be my

:14:33.:14:35.

girl... # Simona Halep certainly knows what it

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is to play a quarter final in a Grand Slam. It's the first Wimbledon

:15:00.:15:05.

quarter final for Johanna Konta. How will she deal the pressure and

:15:06.:15:10.

expectation. We've been looking at her journey right the way through to

:15:11.:15:16.

the Wimbledon last eight. Johanna Konta was born in Sydney to

:15:17.:15:20.

Hungarian parents. She started playing tennis at eight years old

:15:21.:15:24.

and by her early teens, she'd decided to make her pastime her

:15:25.:15:28.

profession. She moved to Barcelona to develop her skills and then at

:15:29.:15:34.

14, her family relocated to the UK where together they could chase her

:15:35.:15:38.

dream of becoming a professional tennis player, the hobby became a

:15:39.:15:42.

job. The dream, a reality. First time I met her, she was playing an

:15:43.:15:47.

ITF junior tournament. She was very sweet, very caring and very kind.

:15:48.:15:51.

She cared about her parents an awful lot. She was always a little shy and

:15:52.:15:58.

reserved. I wouldn't say there was anything different that made her

:15:59.:16:05.

stand out from everyone else. Really great posture, carried herself

:16:06.:16:08.

extremely well and looked athletically as if she was made for

:16:09.:16:11.

the game. There was one time I came in from the courts outside, it was

:16:12.:16:16.

freezing cold. She had six layers on, outside, on an artificial clay

:16:17.:16:21.

court and her enthusiasm, my word, I just thought it was great. I said to

:16:22.:16:26.

her father, this is top 5% in the world material. I remember the first

:16:27.:16:36.

time that I really saw Johanna play, the girl was quite unknown. She came

:16:37.:16:40.

on court and she showed me this attitude like OK, I'm Johanna Konta,

:16:41.:16:44.

I'm very confident in my game. I'm confident in myself. I was impressed

:16:45.:16:47.

by the mentality she showed out there. In 2012 Konta became a

:16:48.:16:52.

British citizen and that same year, she made her first appearance at

:16:53.:16:57.

Wimbledon as a wildcard. Ranked 212 in the world, she lost in the first

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round to American Christina McHale. Fast forward five years and Konta

:17:04.:17:08.

started Wimbledon ranked seventh. On the court she's very focussed,

:17:09.:17:14.

intense, hard working, kind of perfect in a way. We all knew she

:17:15.:17:19.

could play well, but to now become a top-ten player, the person she is

:17:20.:17:23.

and a Grand Slam contenders, she's just separated herself from the

:17:24.:17:28.

rest. I think a lot of that is down to commitment off court as well,

:17:29.:17:30.

working on the mental side of the game. That's been huge. Now she

:17:31.:17:37.

seems a lot more relaxed and not as maybe stressed as she used torb on

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the court. COMMENTATOR: Jo Konta Wimbledon

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quarter finalist. Expectations are high this year. So far she's

:17:52.:17:59.

controlling her emotions on a very positive way. I think it's a result

:18:00.:18:03.

of all the mental hard work of the past. She's gone on record as saying

:18:04.:18:09.

she wants to be number one in the world. I have no reason to believe

:18:10.:18:12.

that will not be possible. She's good enough. Here she is through

:18:13.:18:20.

into the Wimbledon quarter final for the first time, Jo Konta against

:18:21.:18:24.

Simona Halep. They'll be on court in a moment. Kim and Mac are with me.

:18:25.:18:29.

Pretty impressed with Venus in the last one? I was surprised she hasn't

:18:30.:18:33.

been called the favourite for a few rounds. I mean, with her credentials

:18:34.:18:37.

here as well, she's played most of the year. As comfortable as she is

:18:38.:18:41.

on the grass, so while I think Ostapenko is going time prove and

:18:42.:18:45.

win more -- going to improve and win more grand slams, it was nice toe

:18:46.:18:48.

see the old master give the youngster a lesson. She looked as

:18:49.:18:52.

though she was getting back to her best, after a few years where she

:18:53.:18:56.

wasn't. Yeah, she is. With the health scares that she's had, it

:18:57.:18:59.

took her a little bit of time to adjust. But to see her so motivated

:19:00.:19:03.

and so passionate for the sport is incredible. It's some serve, that

:19:04.:19:08.

break point in the second set, to bring out the ace in the corner,

:19:09.:19:13.

it's a weapon. Her first serve is, I think she's hit the hardest serve in

:19:14.:19:17.

the history of the women's game, close to 130mph, the one she hit.

:19:18.:19:21.

It's nice to get out of trouble. The second has been an issue. When she

:19:22.:19:25.

can get that going and has confidence, she's going to be

:19:26.:19:29.

difficult to beat. No question. Onto this one now. Jo Konta, so much

:19:30.:19:33.

British expectation, everybody talking about it. There's an

:19:34.:19:36.

atmosphere here. Big match for her up against a very tricky opponent. A

:19:37.:19:40.

very tough opponent. An opponent that will keep fighting until the

:19:41.:19:44.

end. Has dealt with some emotional issues after losing the finals at

:19:45.:19:47.

the French Open, but seems focussed again. It's a very interesting one

:19:48.:19:53.

coming up. Johanna has looked consistent, even when she lost the

:19:54.:19:57.

second set yesterday against Garcia, she doesn't get stressed about it.

:19:58.:20:01.

She keeps focussed on what she has to do. That impressed me the moment.

:20:02.:20:07.

Against Vekic and Garcia, she had moments where she could have got

:20:08.:20:10.

tight, but she didn't. It's a little of both. She's got tight, but she

:20:11.:20:14.

handled it better. She's done that better and better through her

:20:15.:20:17.

career. It's nice to see a bit of a late bloomer. But this is a real

:20:18.:20:22.

emotional test for both of them. I was going to say particularly Halep,

:20:23.:20:25.

I'm not sure, I think it's both of them. Here's Konta, who's stepping

:20:26.:20:30.

it up in front of a home crowd. Then you've got Halep who was devastated

:20:31.:20:35.

by the loss at the French. A little bit from my own experience, if you

:20:36.:20:40.

lose a match like that, in the French final, there's nothing better

:20:41.:20:45.

than coming back here and being able to forget about that nightmare. But

:20:46.:20:51.

her game is more defensive. She uses her legs more. She counterpunches

:20:52.:20:55.

more. It's going to be important for her to try to step it up and be more

:20:56.:20:59.

aggressive when she has the opportunity. Konta will win more

:21:00.:21:03.

free points on the serve. It's like the last few years she's been the

:21:04.:21:09.

Lady in Waiting, Simona Halep. She's been looked as a favourite in a few

:21:10.:21:14.

tournaments. That's not the case today. Konta is the big favourite. I

:21:15.:21:18.

think she feels she's the underdog that might help her emotionally as

:21:19.:21:23.

well. OK, well, here they come. Big cheer for both players.

:21:24.:21:24.

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Jo's certainly got her game face on.

:21:25.:21:41.

Not even a wave to the crowd. It seems like, when she's coming

:21:42.:21:45.

through these tough moments in matches, it's almost like she's

:21:46.:21:50.

prepared mentally for it. It's almost becoming a habit now of

:21:51.:21:55.

playing well in these big moments. The way she talked about baking her

:21:56.:21:59.

muffins and how she was learning from each batch, that led me to

:22:00.:22:02.

believe there was a similar thought the way she plays tennis. There's

:22:03.:22:06.

sports psychologists involved in all this. She's clicked into something

:22:07.:22:10.

that made her more comfortable and calmed her down and made her a

:22:11.:22:13.

better player. That's extremely important that she's been able to

:22:14.:22:20.

keep the mind somewhat at ease because it's impossible, certainly

:22:21.:22:23.

it was for me, to keep my emotions in check. I can imagine what these

:22:24.:22:27.

two are going to go through right now. It's going to be a roller

:22:28.:22:33.

coaster. You know her coach well. He makes her recite the tactics to him

:22:34.:22:38.

before she goes on, so he knows she's aware of what they are. For

:22:39.:22:41.

sure. What he does well too is try to keep her calm. He's in the a very

:22:42.:22:46.

outspoken coach, not very aggressive like that. He keeps her calm. He

:22:47.:22:50.

will make sure the routines are on point and that's what you need

:22:51.:22:55.

before these kinds of matches. You don't want too much distraction

:22:56.:22:58.

going on. There is Jo getting ready for the warm up. We will be

:22:59.:23:03.

discussing this and looking forward to it in a moment. First, let's hear

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from Jo, she's been talking to Claire.

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COMMENTATOR: Jo Konta Wimbledon quarter finalist.

:23:14.:23:16.

People talk about the crowd and the impact and the adrenaline it

:23:17.:23:19.

creates, did you feel it make a difference out there? It's something

:23:20.:23:25.

that I've always dreamed of to be playing in big matches on big

:23:26.:23:32.

stages. Obviously a home crowd is that much more emotionally invested

:23:33.:23:36.

and that much more, I guess, living and dying with your points. The

:23:37.:23:42.

support I felt out there was quite frankly phenomenal. Quick question

:23:43.:23:46.

on Simona Halep, she's quick. Played her twice this year. The last time

:23:47.:23:51.

she got the better of me. I'm really looking forward to again playing

:23:52.:23:55.

against someone who's playing so well and to be part of a match that

:23:56.:24:01.

will be very challenging for me. SUE BARKER: Every match is very

:24:02.:24:05.

challenging at this stage. But Simona Halep she runs every ball

:24:06.:24:10.

down. She's going to make her work so hard. She's going to know she's

:24:11.:24:16.

been in a match today. She's a road runner. It's not as if Konta's not

:24:17.:24:22.

fit or moves well. The big edge that I think Johanna has over Halep is

:24:23.:24:26.

how many points she can win on her first serve and how many better her

:24:27.:24:30.

second serve is. It's less attackable. Halep is a tremendous

:24:31.:24:35.

returner. She goes after it. And she can back it up with her speed and

:24:36.:24:40.

her foot work. But this is going to be about nerves more than anything

:24:41.:24:44.

else, in my book. Absolutely it is. Looking at the stats, Jo Konta when

:24:45.:24:49.

she's been in trouble in matches, she ramps up the first and second

:24:50.:24:55.

serve by at least 5mph. It's like she's being positive then. She

:24:56.:24:59.

definitely goes for them. She doesn't get nervous. Even in her

:25:00.:25:03.

previous match, that second set, beginning of the second set and the

:25:04.:25:05.

third set there were close games. She came up with aces, really good

:25:06.:25:12.

second serves. That's a sign of a player who's really confident. That

:25:13.:25:15.

win in Miami earlier this year helped her to even believe in her

:25:16.:25:21.

chances more than ever. That was a big breakthrough, Miami, winning a

:25:22.:25:24.

big tournament, a title. Against her opponent as well. That obviously is

:25:25.:25:30.

a huge, the biggest one. Now this is a whole new league. Forget nigh

:25:31.:25:37.

yamy. Now it's nice that you -- forget Miami. Nice to get that under

:25:38.:25:41.

your belt. This separates the champions, the true greats, from the

:25:42.:25:44.

contenders. This is an unbelievable opportunity for both. Halep went

:25:45.:25:50.

through an emotional bummer. Huge. A match she should have won. This is

:25:51.:25:54.

the best thing she can do to forget about it. Best way to deal with an

:25:55.:26:00.

emotional bummer, absolutely. But to win a big title, she lost at the

:26:01.:26:05.

Australian open, into the semis. To win Miami, which is considered just

:26:06.:26:08.

under the grand slams in some ways, to beat the top players, that surely

:26:09.:26:13.

proves something to herself. I'm going to answer it the same way I

:26:14.:26:17.

answered the last time you asked me the same question.

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LAUGHTER I didn't, I phrased it, about the

:26:20.:26:23.

mental side not about beating the players. It helps with the

:26:24.:26:28.

confidence. It certainly can't hurt. This is a different animal, Centre

:26:29.:26:32.

Court at Wimbledon. It is, but I'm trying to find some crumbs here.

:26:33.:26:37.

Fine. I get what you're trying to say. Thank you, Kim! Help me out

:26:38.:26:47.

here, Kim. As far as, you know, for Jo, the weapons, the big serve,

:26:48.:26:50.

forehand, every year she's improved something hasn't she? And her return

:26:51.:26:55.

as well. The way she steps in even on Garcia, she's a great server,

:26:56.:26:59.

stepping in on second serves, going for the side line straight from the

:27:00.:27:02.

beginning of the rallies. That's something she's going to have to do

:27:03.:27:06.

today, really try to be aggressive from the first shots. What advice

:27:07.:27:09.

would you give to Jo if you were in her corner? Jo's done a great job

:27:10.:27:15.

getting to the quarters. Me personally, when I go out there, I'd

:27:16.:27:20.

advise, thinking the way I play, is don't beat yourself. Play

:27:21.:27:24.

aggressively, but give yourself some margin especially early. She's

:27:25.:27:27.

learned how to handle her nerves better, you can't tell me these two

:27:28.:27:31.

aren't nervous right now. Please don't say they're that well

:27:32.:27:35.

programmed and you go out in such a big match. I advise go strong. She

:27:36.:27:39.

will have a lot of looks at the serve to go after. Don't for

:27:40.:27:43.

outright winners. It's difficult to forget where you are and what you're

:27:44.:27:47.

playing in. It is, but she has started each set off very well.

:27:48.:27:51.

Broken the opponent straight away. That's the cream start. If you want

:27:52.:27:55.

to be on this -- that's the dream start. If you want to be on this

:27:56.:27:59.

court, you want to be in front and she's done very well so far. We'll

:28:00.:28:04.

see if she can do it today. Halep, you know you can't even let her in

:28:05.:28:08.

once, can you? She'll pounce. She's going to give off the vibe in the

:28:09.:28:12.

sense that if you miss some serves, I'm going to be a bit more

:28:13.:28:15.

aggressive. You can't get the ball by me. She's going to try to put the

:28:16.:28:19.

ball in positions to dare Konta to go for too much, to get easy games.

:28:20.:28:23.

Guys, they're sitting down. We'd better get away from here. I know

:28:24.:28:27.

you've got work to do. Thanks to Mac and Kim. They're on their way to the

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commentary borchl to join Chris Bradenham.

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COMMENTATOR: A wonderful moment as Jo Konta stepped out onto Centre

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Court. 33 years the waiting, for a British woman to contest a quarter

:28:48.:28:54.

final here. Jo Durie the last in 1984. It's a tough task that faces

:28:55.:28:58.

her against Simona Halep, that's for sure. Konta won the spin of the coin

:28:59.:29:03.

and chos to receive. -- chose to receive.

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APPLAUSE An expectant crowd.

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If she can get serves over 100 mph, it will make life easier for her.

:30:39.:31:01.

APPLAUSE Smiles already. Those shots right

:31:02.:31:13.

out of the middle. That is why she could be number one

:31:14.:31:31.

in the world after this match, Halep, because she plays some

:31:32.:31:34.

serious defence. That was a great return.

:31:35.:31:54.

A huge match, obviously, for Konta. How big is this opening service game

:31:55.:32:00.

for her just to get on the scoreboard early? It is always nice

:32:01.:32:04.

to win that first service game, but they both seem to be hitting the

:32:05.:32:06.

ball already. It's not natural, but it's tempting

:32:07.:32:47.

to try to steer your returns towards the centre because they are are some

:32:48.:32:49.

tough hops there. The support is louder with the roof

:32:50.:33:26.

closed. That is a mistake were Halep forced

:33:27.:34:19.

her to overheat it a little bit. She has to hit a very good shot try to

:34:20.:34:23.

win, because if you don't, she will take a passing shot.

:34:24.:34:39.

Wow! That is worrying from a British perspective. This is the hardest

:34:40.:34:52.

serve she has hit in the game. Arguably, she caught it a little

:34:53.:35:00.

late, but if you aim toward the centre,... No, I hit that just where

:35:01.:35:01.

I wanted it. I don't think I can remember a

:35:02.:36:29.

player who has played more long rallies and then immediately stepped

:36:30.:36:35.

up the line -- up the line and barely seems be breathing hard.

:36:36.:37:02.

I don't think she has a big enough weapon to break through the wall of

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Halep. It will be a huge bonus if Halep

:37:07.:38:04.

serves as well as she has so far. She is not tall.

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Nicely done. A chance to get back on serve.

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The mini battle at 3- 04 Halep, break point saved. -- 3-0 for Halep.

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SUE BARKER: A great start from Halep, who has the added motivation

:41:15.:41:17.

that she will be world number one if she wins. We will be right back to

:41:18.:41:23.

that. This is the sorry scene on Court Number One. It is 6-3 to

:41:24.:41:35.

Rybarikova. They are back in the locker room. We hear that quite a

:41:36.:41:40.

bit of rain is heading our way. Look at this, they are playing outside,

:41:41.:41:44.

so maybe they just took them off Court Number One a little too early,

:41:45.:41:48.

because play continues on the outside courts. We have heard that

:41:49.:41:51.

heavy rain is coming, and it is likely to be year in the next half

:41:52.:41:55.

an hour, so maybe that match will be completed under the roof on Centre

:41:56.:41:59.

Court. Some nasty clouds around here at Wimbledon. We're so grateful to

:42:00.:42:05.

have roof. Back to live played between content and Halep. -- life

:42:06.:42:15.

Even know Halep is 3-0 up, for Jo, she must be like she is in the

:42:16.:44:34.

match. They are having great rallies. If she can get on the

:44:35.:44:41.

board, that will relieve some tension.

:44:42.:44:58.

They look a little anxious. When she beat Garcia, she sank to her knees.

:44:59.:45:05.

Our hands went ahead, tears in her eyes.

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Contact on the scoreboard. -- Konta. Smiles all round again, for most.

:45:18.:45:51.

She is the first British woman in 33 years to get to the quarters, and

:45:52.:45:53.

you don't want her to show emotion? Anxiety and tension still in the

:45:54.:46:31.

body of the back, for sure. -- still in the body of Konta.

:46:32.:46:49.

Wow! That's her trademark. She seems determined to try to hit through

:46:50.:46:57.

Halep. That is where I would direct most of

:46:58.:47:25.

my serves if I were Halep. She has gone big so far, Konta, from every

:47:26.:47:31.

return. I don't think she can do much else.

:47:32.:47:41.

With a backhand, it's a little easier because you automatically

:47:42.:48:04.

rotate both shoulders. The forehand is harder.

:48:05.:48:26.

It's almost like when she has a little more time, she thinks it.

:48:27.:49:28.

This is the biggest moment she has had in her career.

:49:29.:50:01.

Second time, break point saved and the holed from Halep. We should give

:50:02.:50:16.

credit to Darren Cave Hill -- Cahill. He almost walked away after

:50:17.:50:21.

the Miami match, saying, I can't take any more. I think it got Simona

:50:22.:50:29.

thinking, you know something? I had to change emotionally, do better and

:50:30.:50:35.

give a more consistent effort, not get negative. She was taking it out

:50:36.:50:39.

on him. I can't recall anyone else he has coached, besides Leyton

:50:40.:50:46.

Hewitt and Andre Agassi, so you have the think, he has some serious

:50:47.:50:54.

credentials. Given what happened at the French, mainly it is a credit to

:50:55.:51:00.

her, Simona. A pretty strong effort to get herself in the mix. Sean

:51:01.:51:11.

plays a big part in that too, getting her mentally ready. I spoke

:51:12.:51:13.

to him and he knew she was really struggling after that loss. He also

:51:14.:51:19.

knew that this was the perfect way to try to get rid of that and do

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well here again. You had better time that shot just

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right! Wow! It is terrific when you see

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quality points being won. She is staying on top of that baseline, not

:53:01.:53:06.

giving Halep the time to recover. The first love hold of the match. It

:53:07.:53:42.

is interesting, because neither player really has a slice from their

:53:43.:53:51.

backhand. Very rarely do you see it. I would think Halep would be more

:53:52.:53:54.

inclined to mix up the pace of her shop is and the spin. -- of her

:53:55.:54:03.

shots. I don't think she should be going toe to toe with her. It is

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hard when the ball is this deep and fast, to chip it.

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Konta is making a move on the Halep serve again.

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The luxury of three in a row. -- three break points in a row.

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Eight points in a row for Johanna Konta. Back on serve.

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We've heard the role of Darrin Cahill, in helping Jo deal with

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emotions. She is ranked outside the top 100. She choked in matches,

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plain and simple. This process has become crucial for her. I believe

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the win in Miami a few months ago helped a lot with building

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confidence, which doesn't mean that she is not going to have

:56:24.:56:26.

difficulties finishing matches here, but it will help getting to the

:56:27.:56:30.

tournament and knowing that she is capable of beating the best. The

:56:31.:56:37.

muffins has become a good sideshow. There has been more talk about that

:56:38.:56:41.

than about winning Wimbledon. May be shoe should -- she should bring

:56:42.:56:53.

some! She is back on track in this set. New balls, 3-4.

:56:54.:57:47.

That is the type of shot I think Halep should utilise. Until this

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year, Johanna Konta has played on pristine grass courts.

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She needs a firm base under her. That is why a hard court has always

:58:17.:58:24.

been her preferred surface. The way that she moves, she has a natural

:58:25.:58:29.

way of moving on grass. This suits her movement very well.

:58:30.:58:44.

That is this serve out why that she likes to use. -- the serve.

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Averaging around six aces per match in this tournament.

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UMPIRE: Mess Halep challenges the call. -- Miss Halep challenges the

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call. I don't think there was any doubt about that call.

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Then many battle is now going to Konta. -- the mini battle.

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This is an important game now for Halep.

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Does the roof up favour either one? It favours the better server and

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that's Konta. But I think Halep is serving harder than normal

:00:19.:00:30.

Not having to worry about the sun or the wind. You may have the guts to

:00:31.:00:37.

go for more on the second serve, as she did there.

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Bring that back tomorrow. Isn't it wonderful they've got a British

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woman to get behind now too, in the back end?

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UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. Back on the scoreboard Halep. Just over half on

:01:53.:02:06.

hour and the nerves, well, they seemed to have gone for a while.

:02:07.:02:10.

There's been so much talk about who handles the nerves and pressure

:02:11.:02:14.

better for this match. You both have academies. How much time do you

:02:15.:02:19.

spend on that side with your younger players compared to backhands and

:02:20.:02:23.

forehands and so on? Let's just say when it gets to the professional

:02:24.:02:28.

level and the intensity of a quarter final at Wimbledon, it becomes more

:02:29.:02:32.

into play. When they're little kids, they don't even know what language

:02:33.:02:37.

you're speaking. In practice, I don't think you can teach them. This

:02:38.:02:42.

is something that needs to be by playing matches, whether at a low

:02:43.:02:46.

level or playing players you are supposed to beat at a low level any

:02:47.:02:50.

way, you can't really practise it. The best way to learn is going

:02:51.:02:56.

through the tough matches and the tough situations in tournaments.

:02:57.:03:01.

You're constantly trying to figure out ways to make yourself feel

:03:02.:03:06.

better about what you're doing. And trying to make it as difficult as

:03:07.:03:10.

possible for the person you're playing and whatever way that takes.

:03:11.:03:16.

Thinking about the previous tournament, you do it.

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Konta serving to stay in the opening set.

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I believe she's missed one serve. 21 out of 22.

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UMPIRE: Miss Halep is challenging the call. The ball was called in. It

:03:44.:04:33.

wasn't far away. But she's on the money with her serve so far.

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Incredible serving exhibition, as this set's gone on.

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UMPIRE: Let, first service. She did that previous well in her previous

:05:29.:05:35.

matches. Against Vekic, she was 0-30 down and she would come up with big

:05:36.:05:36.

serves. Another one on the line. First test

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for Konta, passes with flying colours.

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Three double faults a match the average for Halep this tournament

:07:06.:07:22.

I think Darren helped Halep playing more aggressively, stepping into the

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court. APPLAUSE

:07:26.:07:40.

It's relentless from Konta. Just going back to that point you

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made in the French final against Ostapenko, did Halep become a little

:08:47.:08:50.

passive towards the end with Ostapenko going for it so much? She

:08:51.:08:55.

got negative. She was up, I remember she had three break points I

:08:56.:09:02.

believe. I remember thinking at the time why did she do what she did.

:09:03.:09:05.

She sent a message of hope to Ostapenko that she wasn't quite so

:09:06.:09:10.

sure of herself. Lo and behold she loses the set. She gets up 3-1 in

:09:11.:09:17.

the third and loses that. I think here at Wimbledon, this has turned

:09:18.:09:21.

out to be a blessing in disguise, because if you call a weakness in

:09:22.:09:25.

her game, her serve, it helps, the grass helps her serve. It becomes

:09:26.:09:29.

more effective. She's done a nice job, I think, mixing things up and

:09:30.:09:34.

going for a little bit more on the serve. It's paying off. She's

:09:35.:09:39.

starting to like this surface a lot more than she did at any point in

:09:40.:09:47.

her career. To be able to get over that loss as close as she was,

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that's the second time she was in a final. The first, OK, Sharapova,

:09:53.:10:02.

maybe people expected. But that one she was supposed to win, for sure.

:10:03.:10:06.

Second time Konta serving to stay in set one.

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Just let that ball drop way too low. She couldn't decide what she wanted

:10:42.:11:17.

to do with it. As you said, Kim, doesn't change that grip.

:11:18.:11:24.

Every forehand is almost the same, which is great if it's going well. A

:11:25.:11:31.

little variety sometimes helps as well.

:11:32.:11:58.

Oh. Even with Halep, after that previously long rally. She walks

:11:59.:12:45.

over to the other side of the court and doesn't, she's not even puffing.

:12:46.:12:49.

She just looks like, ah, yeah that was fine. Felt like a two-hit rally.

:12:50.:12:57.

Konta ceptionally fit as well. That's one of the first volleys I

:12:58.:13:00.

can recall her hitting. In the tournament she's 51 from 65

:13:01.:13:12.

at the net. Good odds. Ellie Goulding. Do you know her?

:13:13.:13:24.

I've heard of her, yes. That's the second serve she's missed

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in the entire match. First serve, I mean.

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UMPIRE: Game, Miss Konta. At the moment, it looks like Johanna Konta

:14:24.:14:30.

has played a number of Wimbledon quarter finals. They are really

:14:31.:14:36.

bringing out the best of each other. Women's tournament has been

:14:37.:14:40.

fantastic this year. Quite a first set.

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I think Halep was complaining about the proud.

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UMPIRE: Please wait till the end of the point before cheering, thank you

:15:37.:15:38.

very much. Oh, it's in. Or is it? Either way it

:15:39.:16:24.

will be challenged. The linesman called it in.

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I think it's been called out. I think she's asking if she got it in

:16:33.:16:36.

one bounce. That is in. Unbelievable point.

:16:37.:16:43.

Guessed right. She's breathing heavy now. Yeah a

:16:44.:16:47.

couple deep breaths. Darren Cahill is leaning forwards a

:16:48.:17:47.

little more after that double fault. Aren't those balls tougher to hit in

:17:48.:18:39.

the air than if you let the ball bounce. Seemed like there wasn't

:18:40.:18:43.

much on it. Forces your opponent, I see most the men and women take it

:18:44.:18:48.

in the air. I know I'm old school. It seems like there, you don't

:18:49.:18:53.

practise that shot from there, or do you, that off the someone I used to

:18:54.:18:58.

practise every warm up. All over the court? Yeah, because I wanted to use

:18:59.:19:08.

that one. Did you practise that with the bounce too or just take it in

:19:09.:19:11.

the air? Probably take it in the air.

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She's the quickest wall that Konta's ever played.

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That's a magnificent tie-break from Simona Halep. Konta's got to do what

:20:47.:21:16.

she did in Miami and come from behind to win. SUE BARKER: A couple

:21:17.:21:22.

of costly points in the tie-break. Jo serving so well going into the

:21:23.:21:26.

tie-break. 93% of first serves in. But only 50% in the tie-break. So no

:21:27.:21:32.

cheap points there. We'll be back on Centre Court. This is the sorry

:21:33.:21:36.

scene outside. Everybody under the brollies. But still watching the

:21:37.:21:41.

match unfold on Centre Court. They are die hard fans here. Thoroughly

:21:42.:21:44.

enjoying the tennis. Nothing to watch on Court No 1. The other

:21:45.:21:58.

ladies quarter finals. They are waiting in the locker room. This

:21:59.:22:02.

looks set in for the day. There is an outside chance they will be moved

:22:03.:22:06.

onto Centre Court. We wait to hear from the referee's office. Even in

:22:07.:22:11.

this weather they're still enjoying their tennis here at Wimbledon. Jo

:22:12.:22:16.

Konta fighting so hard on Centre Court. What a match we are watching,

:22:17.:22:20.

high quality tennis. We said at the start Simona Halep was going to be

:22:21.:22:24.

such a tough competitor. Two of the best competitors on the tour head to

:22:25.:22:31.

head on Centre Court. Let's rejoin Centre Court right now. John, Borge

:22:32.:22:40.

- Who? Regards as one of the quickest. Kim who was the quickest

:22:41.:22:46.

in your era. What is it like thinking everything is going to keep

:22:47.:22:56.

coming back? To me that was Justine Henin. She had that slice that you

:22:57.:22:59.

were talking about. She was able to mix it up. Just make me make errors,

:23:00.:23:05.

because I was trying to go for too much. Borge once he said tired in a

:23:06.:23:11.

match. It reminds me a little of Halep, when she plays these 30-shot

:23:12.:23:15.

rallies, steps right back to the line.

:23:16.:23:18.

Konta to begin set two. She was thinking about the one that

:23:19.:23:46.

she swung at and missed in the tie-break, decided to play this old

:23:47.:23:51.

fashioned volley. Butchered that too.

:23:52.:23:57.

Her serve has tailed off slightly in the tie-breaker. That allowed Halep

:23:58.:24:01.

to make her work harder. Or not to be thinking about what she

:24:02.:24:23.

just lost right now. That's why Halep is looking to jump on it.

:24:24.:25:07.

Also the way she served, the first serve, that's going to be hard to

:25:08.:25:10.

keep up. Super. Is that a message? Well it's

:25:11.:26:03.

a sign, it's the way she plays. She likes to step on top of the baseline

:26:04.:26:08.

and take the ball early and as soon as the ball comes up, she likes to

:26:09.:26:12.

move in forward. We saw that drive volley she missed earlier.

:26:13.:26:24.

Interesting if the self-coaching has gone on. The solid volley as opposed

:26:25.:26:30.

to the drive volley. I like because she had missed one of those earlier

:26:31.:26:33.

and sticking with that aggressive approach.

:26:34.:26:53.

That's strong from 0-30. Nods of approval all round.

:26:54.:27:09.

Outside, it's raining. This is the Hill. Ed Sheeran headlined at

:27:10.:27:19.

Glastonbury this year, the song of a castle on a hill. If Konta keeps

:27:20.:27:24.

going deeper into Wimbledon, she might get part of the estate there.

:27:25.:27:38.

Renaming might become needed. Poor henman. Trying to take away his

:27:39.:27:44.

little dash of wibble dob. -- Wimbledon.

:27:45.:28:28.

Fascinating watching Darren Cahill, so far so good, when you see him

:28:29.:28:35.

using the back of the chair. Neither camp showing a lot of outward

:28:36.:28:37.

emotion. It takes something to walk away from

:28:38.:28:45.

a player. A high profile player, the coach saying we're not part of a

:28:46.:28:48.

team any more on the same course, I'm done.

:28:49.:29:19.

Cahill walking away and most players would have said to hell with him.

:29:20.:29:24.

You know, there's plenty of people who want to coach her and the

:29:25.:29:28.

wherewithal, maybe he's right what he's saying. And I want you back.

:29:29.:29:38.

I think she called him up and said I'm sorry. I need you on my team. I

:29:39.:29:43.

don't want to go through this without you. I saw it in the first,

:29:44.:29:48.

when she lost the first point of this game, she was looking over to

:29:49.:29:52.

Darren a little bit more than she did at all in the first set.

:29:53.:30:07.

Another chance goes on the hour mark.

:30:08.:30:19.

Taking a little time out. Trying to slow Halep down a little.

:30:20.:30:33.

Not the fastest serve, but very well-placed.

:30:34.:31:01.

The first signs of frustration from Konta. She has been on court around

:31:02.:31:08.

two hour was longer into this final. There is a lot of emotion attached

:31:09.:31:12.

to it. It is all too much for that gentleman!

:31:13.:31:17.

Maybe he had a bad night in a tent outside.

:31:18.:31:39.

LAUGHTER I guess that is what you would call

:31:40.:31:41.

neutral. Denise Lewis, she has got over a few

:31:42.:32:30.

hurdles in her time on the way to gold.

:32:31.:32:41.

It must be fabulous for people like Denise Lewis and others in the Royal

:32:42.:32:52.

box to be totally relaxed and then just watching how others handle

:32:53.:32:59.

pressure. That is one way of looking at it!

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A low percentage shot, there. There is no question that her ability to

:33:19.:34:38.

track down inexorable or two weighs on the mind of her opponent.

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-- to track down a ball or two. UMPIRE: New balls, please.

:34:49.:35:05.

I think that is also why it is so important to get a 40-0 lead. You

:35:06.:35:14.

can arguably play a couple of loose points but you're still in the

:35:15.:35:19.

driver's seat. In the men and women, I would like to know what percentage

:35:20.:35:22.

player loses the game from after being up on Serb 40-0. I'd bet it is

:35:23.:35:31.

extremely small. Sometimes we dwell on the break point opportunities,

:35:32.:35:38.

which would seem to be more crucial points, and they are, but if you can

:35:39.:35:43.

get up ahead early in a lot of games, it takes a lot of the

:35:44.:35:46.

pressure off so that you can execute more easily when it does matter.

:35:47.:35:52.

Just look at that - the aggressive shots, so heavily in favour of

:35:53.:35:56.

Konta, but it is breaking through that wall. It is a huge mental task

:35:57.:36:06.

of self belief. They both looked to have been doing an excellent job of

:36:07.:36:12.

that so far. I think it is a funny statistic - aggressive shot. How do

:36:13.:36:16.

they measure aggressive shots? Going back behind Halep is working,

:36:17.:37:27.

but she's got to start making more of those.

:37:28.:37:57.

Love hold. Whisper this quietly, but for the second Grand Slam in a row,

:37:58.:38:09.

it happened in the French Open, Ostapenko's average for Hans Bede

:38:10.:38:15.

was quicker than Andy Murray's. Konta is the same at Wimbledon. You

:38:16.:38:19.

keep picking on Andy! Her intention, Konta, one round at a

:38:20.:39:08.

time, I will give of my best. You can't argue with that.

:39:09.:39:57.

The first double. Just the eighth of the tournament.

:39:58.:40:14.

If you think of how aggressive her serve is, that's not many.

:40:15.:40:36.

It is one of these 40-0 situations you talked about. Exactly. He knows

:40:37.:40:42.

what he's talking about! It went long. If she had gone behind

:40:43.:41:08.

again, it would have been a winner. You are both parents. Most parents

:41:09.:42:34.

will say to their kids, just give of your best. I know you have got a few

:42:35.:42:39.

more to look after, John, but what else can you ask for as a parent? It

:42:40.:42:47.

sounds easy to say, too, but in this sort of environment, which the line,

:42:48.:42:53.

it is easier said than done. It is the greatest quality and athlete can

:42:54.:43:01.

have -- an athlete can have - the ability to go out and act as if

:43:02.:43:05.

every point is the last you will play. You can have the biggest

:43:06.:43:11.

serve, a great forehand volley, but nothing matches that, and so, if you

:43:12.:43:17.

can come close to that, you've established something and you gain

:43:18.:43:25.

respect quickly. Both these girls have that. They have it in practice

:43:26.:43:28.

and in their matches, and I think that's what makes them so great.

:43:29.:43:34.

These are perfect role models for young girls and boys to look up to.

:43:35.:43:40.

That attitude is what a lot of the kids can learn from.

:43:41.:43:54.

That just sped through a little, a lower bounds will stop -- a lower

:43:55.:44:02.

bounds. You will get a few bad bounces,

:44:03.:44:19.

tufts of grass that have been ripped out.

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Close... UMPIRE: Miss contact is challenging the call.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE UMPIRE: Replay the point.

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Brilliant! Great hands. A tremendous point. Halep gave that shot away a

:45:53.:46:12.

little too soon. That gave Konta the time necessary to hit a beautiful

:46:13.:46:14.

drop shot. That keeps the pressure very firmly

:46:15.:46:41.

on Konta. How did she get that return back?

:46:42.:47:52.

Brilliant serving. Still above 80%. And she's not holding back.

:47:53.:48:05.

That's another very confident hold. It is. She has had a very easy

:48:06.:49:14.

service game so far in this set. She is serving impressively. She did

:49:15.:49:20.

that very well in her previous matches when it got close. It is the

:49:21.:49:24.

service shot she is relying on a lot. You are launching a new book,

:49:25.:49:37.

John, if Jo Konta was releasing one, it would be about how she has

:49:38.:49:42.

improved. She will just have to play a better match at the moment.

:49:43.:49:48.

Tactically, emotionally, obviously in great condition. Total focus.

:49:49.:49:52.

Technique- wise, it has all come together for her. Like him said at

:49:53.:50:02.

the previous changeover, it would be something to try to aspire to, and

:50:03.:50:08.

to follow a similar path, because she has gotten so much better. Is

:50:09.:50:13.

winning a match as tough as that Cuban? I tried, and I gave up. There

:50:14.:50:24.

has got to be a trick to that. -- that cube.

:50:25.:50:43.

What's your book called, John? Thank You For Asking. But Seriously...

:50:44.:50:57.

Strange Name For A Book. That's easier said than done. A

:50:58.:51:19.

trusted move. It's a good move. Take that, move in. Did not do enough

:51:20.:51:23.

with the volley. She seems to have taken it up

:51:24.:51:54.

another notch, Konta. The backhand crosscourt gets past

:51:55.:52:13.

anybody when she hits it like that. It is two break points.

:52:14.:52:30.

One from five so far. It has been an issue.

:52:31.:52:49.

Great defence by Halep, to track that return down.

:52:50.:53:41.

That looked to be well in. Sometimes, when you lose a break

:53:42.:53:53.

point, you start to have little doubt as well. Halep was like, I

:53:54.:54:01.

think Hawkeye is wrong. She went wide with the second serve.

:54:02.:54:46.

That is only part of the game plan. That is a big game. 15-40. I am

:54:47.:55:16.

surprised at how calm their support teams are staying. They must have

:55:17.:55:19.

taken sleeping pills or something! Calm on the outside, freaking out on

:55:20.:55:37.

the inside. Too goad! Responding so well after

:55:38.:56:01.

the opportunity is gone. -- too good.

:56:02.:57:08.

That is a tall order for Halep to do much if anything with that return.

:57:09.:57:57.

You think how aggressive Konta has been, Halep has made five unforced

:57:58.:59:11.

errors in this match so far. She is coming up with the goods again at

:59:12.:59:15.

the crucial times. The truth is, we are getting everything we could hope

:59:16.:59:19.

for in this match, and this could be a little past the halfway point.

:59:20.:59:28.

This could go deep into a third set, and it will be at some point a

:59:29.:59:33.

physical test. Right now, it is more of an emotional and mental test.

:59:34.:59:37.

Both of these two are passing with flying colours. And they are hitting

:59:38.:59:42.

the ball hard. They are forcing each other to run extensively, and as

:59:43.:59:50.

quickly as possible, so eventually, if this gets into a third set, we

:59:51.:00:00.

will see if either the links. -- if either one of them blinks. At times,

:00:01.:00:10.

you had to act calm and Serena, no problem, no pressure. It is a gift.

:00:11.:00:16.

Halep and Konta are on the Oscar Trail at the moment in this match.

:00:17.:00:18.

It has been terrific. They're both using that backhand

:00:19.:00:32.

down-the-line very well, these last few points.

:00:33.:01:00.

Halep has been proactive, given the opportunity, aggressive. She's

:01:01.:01:07.

gotten a short ball and that's helped her get into this winning

:01:08.:01:08.

position. I love how Konta just even, you know

:01:09.:01:54.

it's 40-0 to Halep and she goes and hopped around positive.

:01:55.:02:12.

I think this is where the crowd could really come in handy. You can

:02:13.:02:59.

feel the energy. They're ready to explode.

:03:00.:03:22.

Halep firing herself up a little bit there.

:03:23.:04:21.

She's playing so quickly now. It's called nerves. Speaking of which.

:04:22.:04:27.

It's a nice reaction from Konta. Almost accepting that very fact.

:04:28.:04:52.

That's out. She's challenged it. Perfect play.

:04:53.:05:06.

That is unfortunate. UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. A

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centimetre away from a double fault to give set point. Then that - A

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very strong hold from Halep, because you could feel that she was starting

:05:23.:05:26.

to get a bit frustrated at times, communicating with her box a little

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bit. It's the energy of the crowd, intensifying things further.

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It hit a line, which one? UMPIRE: Miss Halep challenging the

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call on the centre line. The ball was called in.

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Maybe both? That's tremendous tennis. She's so

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good Halep at running onto the ball. She is. You have to stay really

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focussed because every ball comes back. If you start doubting yourself

:07:32.:07:36.

a little bit, that's when she can create some easy unforced errors.

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Totally fooled her with that off-speed backhand.

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She thought she'd lost the game already, Halep. She was walking over

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to her chair. UMPIRE: Game Miss Konta. Still holds

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firm. They both do. Did you both learn to love these

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moments, these situations, love trying to get the job done? Or did

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it take a while? Well, it took a while for me. You love it and it's

:09:23.:09:30.

also extremely stressful. It feels like you know when you're trying to

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pull it off, there's nothing like it when you do, but there's nothing

:09:35.:09:40.

like it when you don't. Yeah, for me too, there were moments where I

:09:41.:09:44.

absolutely hated it, when you lose those big maments. But then again,

:09:45.:09:47.

when you get over the loss and you want to give yourself another

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opportunity to be in that situation, so you can try to have the enjoyable

:09:52.:09:56.

moment of it. That's what you do it for. When you lose the big moments,

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the big matches, they've been more Antosch inspiration to me to try --

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more of an inspiration to me to try to not let it happen again. Well

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done for those of you on the Hill, creating your own canopy. Nervous

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people, they can't even hold their umbrellas!

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An hour and 40 minutes played. Halep for the second time serving to stay

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in set two. Halep has had an excellent serving

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day. In case you hadn't noticed. I'm sure Konta has noticed. Exactly.

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Just amazing. Moving onto the ball, full range, she's exceptional. She's

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better than anyone out there still in the women's draw.

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UMPIRE: Game Miss Halep. Tie-break it is.

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SUE BARKER: This is a tense match of the highest quality. A second set

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tie-break. We are staying with the tennis here at Wimbledon. If you're

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tuning in expecting to see the Six O'Clock News soon, that will now be

:12:13.:12:17.

shown over on BBC Two. So the Six O'Clock News will shortly be over on

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BBC Two. We are staying with this story here at Wimbledon.

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Raced into a 3-1 lead in the first-set tie-break.

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UMPIRE: Let, first service. That looked like it was about six inches

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over the net. That's what she explained about in the first point

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of the tie-breaker I think. APPLAUSE

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That was a point that Halep desperately wanted.

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More in this particular way to end the set, you need. You need a

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tie-break. Still nods of approval everywhere,

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her handling of this pressure. Both still going for it. But still the

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success for contact going back behind Halep. That's the only way

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she's going to be able to win a match, to keep on with it.

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UMPIRE: Miss Halep challenges the call. That is a big one there. Or

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nothing with the call. -- all or nothing. That's good on. Wow! I knew

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it all along! Kadir is like, Wow! Impressed.

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APPLAUSE The return is just a little bit

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short. Had enough behind it, and you see Konta just immediately grabbed

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the opportunity to go for the winner.

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APPLAUSE These moments are great.

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You know, when I was playing, you always just try and hang in there

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and be positive and give yourself the opportunity that window opponent

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is dropping a little bit, you get a chance. -- when your opponent.

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APPLAUSE She got it! And a set point with it.

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People are starting to stand around Centre Court.

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CHEERING Oh!

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Most are standing, look at that. One hour and 50 minutes, somehow Jo

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Konta has forced a final set. It is one set all.

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SUE BARKER: Oh, what a fighter she is. Such brave plate from Jo Konta,

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she has levelled this quarterfinal match at one set all. There is

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nothing between these two players. If you are tuning in expecting to

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see the 6pm news, that is now on BBC Two. Because there is a big story

:20:40.:20:43.

brewing here at Wimbledon. COMMENTATOR: Amazing scenes. The

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slow Mo in these pictures, it's far from slow row in their minds. What

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sets of tennis we have had. It typifies the ladies tournament so

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far. We have seen two incredible sets of tennis. It's almost, the way

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they've been playing, it's fair enough that it is one set each,

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because, you know, both sets could have gone either way, and this match

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definitely deserves another set of high-level tennis. Jimmy Van Allen,

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the man who invented the tie-break about 45 years ago, he thought, how

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can I add to the drama of a tennis match? If there is any question, he

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succeeded. Whether or not you argue that there should be a final set

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tie-break, that's another issue. I believe there should be, because you

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can feel it. I mean, I don't have a vested interest in who wins this

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match, I'm sitting there and feeling for both the players, how well

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they've handled it, how tough it can be when it slips away. You can taste

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it, if you are Halep, a couple of points away from winning it, and

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then you can see the emotion shift so quickly from positive to

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negative. It's not easy out there. But it's extremely rewarding. And

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when you pull it off... Kim, there were a few moments when Simona Halep

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was just starting to make some negative gestures, if you want to

:22:42.:22:45.

call it that, back to Darren Cahill and son. Did she blinked towards the

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back end of that second set more than Konta in the end, or was it the

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quality of Konta's play? I think a bit of both. Little doubt in the

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might of Halep. Especially with what happened in Paris as well. It's

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still very fresh, that loss. We saw nothing of it until, you know, it

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came very close in that second set. That's when the little bit of

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negativity that she has at times came out again. In Miami it was two

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hours and 31 minutes. Halep came within two points of beating Konta

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in that match and didn't win it. That could maybe rear its head too.

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I think that will certainly play a part, no question. The French Open,

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I'm not totally comfortable with her just sitting there, she is giving

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them more time to sort of build up some negative anger. Add to start to

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think about those. Perhaps you would be better off to go off the court

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too, change. It happens all the the bathroom breaks. Because it seems

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like an opportune moment for her to do it, especially considering who

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her opponent is. Konta has been so impressive this tournament so far.

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She had some really tough matches where she could have gone very

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negative at times, because your opponent started playing a lot

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better. She studied playing a little bit less. And she hasn't, she just

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starts every rally, every point with a positive attitude. That's what's

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made her win this second set tie-break. She started playing on

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her own. We want to stay positive, of course we do, but these toilet

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breaks, there's been a lot of talk of years... It's completely

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outrageous. Just keep in mind that Konta won that's that. She didn't

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lose it. -- that set. In anyway... What's happening here? She doesn't

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want to talk to him! I think he's basically saying, don't hit any

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service because these are the match balls that are in play, if you want

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to hit balls, we'll give you practice balls. Halep is itching to

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go. He's just following the rules. Of course! Well, he's got a great

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voice. The best voice. An argument for smoking cigarettes if ever there

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was one! With the roof closed, it resonate even more. As the support,

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too. I mean, the noise must be deafening. They should give her some

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other balls if she wants to de-stress and call herself off.

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Listen to this reception. CHEERING

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Well, this is a tall order for Halep now. Especially considering what

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happened recently. Easy question for you both... Who is winning this

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match? I can't answer that! But if I had to pick someone, it

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wouldn't be the one serving. No, neither me. Halep to begin the final

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set. It has to be hard to serve right

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now, you know. She's been waiting around and didn't hit a serve. You

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know, you wait for five or six minutes after such a strong second

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set. She wasn't allowed to serve. But why didn't she asked for the

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practice balls? Maybe she did and the guy wouldn't let her. Second

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serve ace. Konta being gone so long took a little energy out of the

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crowd. That's true. So you think she should have let

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that one bounce, Halep? I do. I also think she should have let it

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bounced. You can force your opponent to move, you know. And then if she

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guesses right. GASPS

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APPLAUSE That's a very important hold for

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Simona Halep. She's got to feel good about the way

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that she's played. The level isn't too high, she's done a lot of good

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things, including, as you mentioned, holding there. Maybe she, after what

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happened with France, she thought, it can't get any worse than that.

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It's a fine line between knowing that you're playing great, but

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still, it's so close, so she has to keep that level up to try and, you

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know, even play better to try and win this first set. New balls in

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play. Konta 0- one, final set. It's like everyone's having a

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breather. Konta cannot afford one. GASPS

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APPLAUSE The shot has been put away.

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She could hit an overhead, she's done quite a few things other than

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that. Break point. One from one, remember.

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Oh, another mind. The goal two lines, I think -- another line, two

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lines, I think. So much on the line. If Halep wins this match, she will

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be world number one. Konta creates more British women's tennis history.

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CHEERING She is dictating from side to side.

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Eventually she is going to have to run out of gas. I can't say enough

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about how well these two are playing. What a quarterfinal match.

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Especially with the stakes you just outlined.

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Looking to the umpire first, the box second, he said no, no challenge.

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Venus Williams has got to be loving this, watching them beat up on each

:35:47.:35:47.

other, these two. She wouldn't let the ball dropped,

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take it before she could get back in position.

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She's not giving anything away. Both of these girls, it's very, very

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impressive tennis. She's still only six unforced errors, Halep. Six!

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It's over two hours! CHEERING

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Still, Konta keeps coming. She's been so aggressive with the

:37:41.:38:29.

short ball. That was a surprising choice.

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Just look at the reactions! The crowd are more exhausted than these

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two! They haven't had the ball yet! We may have another hour to go.

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Made it! What a hold! Break points saved. Just two game, final set,

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seems a lot more than that. It sure does.

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Is it possible that it's closer than the score indicates?!

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GASPS If you would take the names off the

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scoreboard, a lot of people would think it was John is playing Ivo

:40:38.:40:45.

Karlovic or something! -- John Isner. There has just been two

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breaks of serve. 22nd winner, Konta is up to 42. How

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many unforced errors does she have? 35.

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Ostapenko just about won that battle at the French Open, left it to the

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very end to win that battle. It also comes down to when you make

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the unforced errors. Let's say in this situation its 40-15, if she

:42:26.:42:29.

makes one now it's not that big of a deal. But if it's at break point,

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obviously an unforced error has a huge effect on the match.

:42:36.:42:47.

Keeps the pressure on serving first, final set, so often just having that

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advantage, if you get broken you can still break back. For sure. But on

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the other side, a lot of girls would prefer to return, actually. They

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feel a lot more comfortable returning. So, we'll see what will

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happen. Get the coin out and flip it, that might be as good or bad as

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any as to who or when. Normally the return is a much more vital

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ingredient in the women's game than it is today. That has been few and

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far between. Halep has done an Admiral job with her serve. I feel

:43:30.:43:35.

it's the best, all the times I've seen her she's been extremely

:43:36.:43:40.

consistent. Konta's serve has been, you know, the best that I've seen in

:43:41.:43:50.

Wimbledon, even better than Venus. Keep loose, if possible. Of these

:43:51.:44:00.

women must be really enjoying this match, they're both playing

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extremely well, playing without any hesitation, most of the time. At the

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end of the day, there's going to have to be a winner, but they'll

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leave the court feeling like, OK, I've played some of my best tennis

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out there today. Two hours and 14 minutes. Konta 1-2 in the final set.

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Halep just rolling her eyes a little bit. Hitting another line. And

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they've both hit their fair share. All players obviously extremely

:45:47.:47:52.

well-conditioned. Everyone played yesterday. The tougher match

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physically was Konta's. This has been a very physical match-up, to

:48:02.:48:08.

say the least. No signs of wear and tear from either yet.

:48:09.:48:35.

Well the first serve percentage, slowly but surely, there's more life

:48:36.:48:41.

in them as this has gone on. Certainly the tension has had a good

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deal to do with that as well. APPLAUSE

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Well, when she gets annoyed or tight, she starts playing faster.

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Speeding up. Kind of just grabs the ball and goes on.

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APPLAUSE P

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I honestly think it's the attitude and mindset that will make a

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difference in this set, match. Konta the first to break, the final

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set. APPLAUSE place

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UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads, 3-2, final set. A little energy. You know what

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they say, a crowd can make a difference between winning and

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losing. In that tie-break when the tension was at its highest, you saw

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how Halep she was. And part of it was because of the crowd and part of

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it was why she just got broken, because you could just feel it get

:51:36.:51:40.

into, seep into her bones. Obviously most of it was Konta but that

:51:41.:51:44.

combination's pretty rough to deal with if you are Halep right about

:51:45.:51:49.

now. It is extraordinary, the journey she's been on Konta, from

:51:50.:51:53.

those days when the tools where there. Yes, the forehand I proved a

:51:54.:52:00.

lot. The forehand was in place but couldn't handle any pressure. The

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serve has improved a lot as well. Very, very successful but the

:52:07.:52:09.

attitude is what has impressed me the most so far in this tournament.

:52:10.:52:27.

She has come close against ling. She -- come close to losing. Then

:52:28.:52:34.

started off playing very positively again.

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The perfect example of putting your upper body into the shot.

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She's putting everything into it. Everything you've got. Sure.

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Thank God she's at least breathing hard.

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The nerves. They know the camera's on them. Oh, yeah.

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She consolidates the break. Extends the lead. UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads,

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4-2, final set. UMPIRE: Miss Konta leads, 4-3, final

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set. That must have been the quickest she ever held serve. She

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does have thep tendency to push the pace in the envelope when things

:58:11.:58:16.

aren't going as well as she'd like. In this case, maybe put the pressure

:58:17.:58:21.

back on Konta just a little bit to try to serve this out. Wouldn't it

:58:22.:58:30.

be nice to be able to look inside her head and see how much she

:58:31.:58:36.

actually believes right now that she could win this match? I don't know

:58:37.:58:42.

if she... I don't know. At times I wonder if she believes... Which one

:58:43.:58:46.

are you talking about? This one. Seriously. Like, you feel, you feel

:58:47.:58:53.

the doubt a little bit. Her shots are dropping a little bit short. OK,

:58:54.:58:58.

not the last game but so far, you know when Jo went up 4-2. You could

:58:59.:59:04.

feel the shots are getting a bit shorter. And you know, the body

:59:05.:59:09.

language, as well is a little bit off. Well, two more service games,

:59:10.:59:15.

Konta, she'll be in the semifinal of Wimbledon. Here's the first at 4-3,

:59:16.:59:18.

final set. Well, a little weary, mentally. Or

:59:19.:00:56.

physically, but whatever's happening mentally is getting to her. The

:00:57.:00:59.

doubt is intensifying as we speak. Impressive hold. A wonderful

:01:00.:01:37.

message, a love-hold. A game away from the semifinals. UMPIRE: Mrs

:01:38.:01:43.

Konta leads, 5-3, final set. It's getting quicker and quicker

:01:44.:02:01.

between points now. That's usually not a good sign.

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Three in a row. Well, the serve it out question is asked. Let's just

:02:52.:03:06.

get to that. She had 3-1 in the tie-breaker h a good opportunity to

:03:07.:03:10.

take 4-1. It didn't happen. Wasn't she at 5-4 in the tie-break, a

:03:11.:03:14.

couple of points away? Yeah. Is that right? And from that moment forward,

:03:15.:03:22.

she hasn't quite been the same player. She's tried to overcome the

:03:23.:03:26.

negative part of what her brain was telling her. You remember that match

:03:27.:03:30.

she just lost at the French - what about that one in Miami. She just

:03:31.:03:40.

can't get over the hump. She's going to have to find another - dig deeper

:03:41.:03:46.

than she maybe has ever had to dig right now, to get out of this. What

:03:47.:03:55.

a moment for Jo Konta, with Virginia Wade looking on, the last women's

:03:56.:04:00.

semifinalist, 1978 when she lifted the trophy, in the Jubilee year.

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Even Virginia has loved to the end of her seat right now.

:04:05.:04:11.

Konta serving for the match, 5-4, final set.

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APPLAUSE Well, if you are Halep, that's how

:04:54.:04:59.

you wanted that game to start. UMPIRE: Ladies and gentlemen,

:05:00.:06:15.

please, don't make any calls during the rally. Well, she is moving

:06:16.:06:21.

side-to-side until she has an opening and then really accelerating

:06:22.:06:22.

into the open court. Adrenaline must be pretty high at

:06:23.:06:53.

the moment. Oh my God, she stopped playing. What

:06:54.:08:05.

a shame. It's over. British tennis history has been made. It's been 39

:08:06.:08:12.

years since a British woman can say, "I'm a Wimbledon semifinalist."

:08:13.:08:15.

She's done it n front of the last woman to do it! Virginia Wade.

:08:16.:08:31.

A wonderful smile from a wonderful lady. A wonderful match from both

:08:32.:08:40.

women. An amazing win, an accomplishment so far from Konta. An

:08:41.:08:45.

amazing quarterfinal match. Bizarre last shot. Someone did yell out,

:08:46.:08:52.

unfortunately and it's too bad that it ended that way but the crowd

:08:53.:08:57.

obviously a standing ovation for both. And it's wonderful to see

:08:58.:09:02.

Simona Halep just pause to wait for Konta. It's a Wimbledon tradition.

:09:03.:09:07.

The match is over. They've given us their best. It's a wonderful

:09:08.:09:12.

tradition. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

:09:13.:09:32.

Anne Keothavong there, a wide a smile as Virginia Wade. The Chelsea

:09:33.:09:39.

Pensioners, selfies. You've got to love that. They got one with Novak

:09:40.:09:51.

earlier. That was quite enjoyable. To see these two young ladies go out

:09:52.:10:02.

the way they did. Virginia Wade is, am I'm pretty sure, happy that that

:10:03.:10:08.

happened. And she is the sort of woman who would be delighted if Jo

:10:09.:10:14.

Konta went on to win. She loves to play. She plays at my academy all

:10:15.:10:21.

the time when she's in New York. 40 years was my first Wimbledon when

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Virginia won it. Here's Phil Jones. Jo, congratulations, what a

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performance, what a stage to do it, creating history, matching Virginia

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Wade, getting here, what 1978 and there in the box watching you? I

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mean, right now it's a little bit surreal just because it is quite

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incredible how things go in tins. Two minutes ago I was playing and

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now I'm here. Things happen very quickly. I'm definitely digesting

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things a bit. I'm sure you are, the tension out there today as well, it

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seems you had incredible focus, were able to do what you needed to in the

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krush moments. I definitely felt I felt very clear on what I was trying

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to achieve out there and regardless of whether it was going my way or

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not, I felt I really stuck to my true self and tried to crate as many

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opportunities as possible. I knew going into the match with Simona,

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she was not going to give me the match for free, so I had to create

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my own chances. I felt I did that. I feel fortunate enough I took a few

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of them. That second set tie-break obviously so vital. What has gone

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through your mind at the start of that? To be honest, the exact same

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as the previous I don't know how many games. I felt quite consistent

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in my approach and in my general being out there. Not much changed, I

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continued to trust in the fact that what I was doing was going to bring

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the good things. How much did the crowd help? What a support you had.

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They were incredible. A little overenthusiastic in parts. But

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definitely I can't complain with the amount of support and general good

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feelings they are wishing my way. A slight liqueurous end to the match.

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What was your take on it? ? I think there was a woman on my end

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screamed. I think she got overexcited about the deep ball that

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Simona hit. It was actually as I was hitting my ball. So I think it more

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affected me than necessarily my opponent, but it was I think it was

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just a lot of emotions running. This wonderful run continues. Now

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Venus Williams in the semifinals. What about her and what she's able

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to do as a 37-year-old and creating history of her own? Definitely. I

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don't feel age is a factor with her. She is a tremendous champion. I feel

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humbled and excited to share the court with her. Last time she got

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the better of me. We've had great battles. I hope we can' create

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another good battle. And let me talk to you about your coach, Wim

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Fissette, he said he saw there was a champion when he first saw you. When

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did you start believe there was a champion? Ever since I was nine. I

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guess if you speak to any - I guess I can only speak for myself but

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always believed in my own be ability and I've always dreamt big, but,

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again, I'm much more of a pressure mind-set person, I don't give my too

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much time to dream and just keep focussed on the work. The work is

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playing off. SUE BARKER: I don't know about the

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lady in the crowd but we were' all getting excited. She kept pace with

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the pressure on her young shoulders. She got winner after winner and held

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her nerve to book her place in the last four. Wow, Billie Jean King is

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with me. What a great advert for women's tennis, both players? Great

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for women's tennis, terrific for tennis and more special for

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everybody here in Great for women's tennis, terrific for

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tennis and more special for everybody here in Great Britain. How

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good was she today? She said it all in her interview. Listen to what she

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said. She said she had a game plan, stuck to it, kept believing in it.

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Dreaming believe since she was nine - I want to live. I love the fact

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she talks about her ambition. Women are taught not to talk about

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ambition, we have to be polite and nice. She says it like it is. She is

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so articulate and never takes anything for granted. You can just

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tell she knows every time she's on the court it is a blessing. I think

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Great Britain should be so proud of her. Jo should be so proud of

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herself. She stuck to her game plan. It got shaky there, off Onyedinma,

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but you knew it was most likely going to be a really, really close

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match with Halep and Jo had to be the aggressor. So you've got to go

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for it and live it www. It. -- live with it. I will stop you there. We

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have to leave BBC One. We will be back at 7.30pm on BBC Two. But what

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a match, what a victory and story. Well done, Jo Konta. See you

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