Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams advances to quarterfinals, will face Jelena Ostapenko

The second Monday of Wimbledon is called Manic Monday, and it has certainly lived up to its name. Every Round of 16 match is played on the same day, and it's often called one of the busiest days in tennis. With this in mind, Monday has been chaotic to say the least. With several results already in, the Round of 8 is shaping up to be an excellent field in both the men and women's brackets.

It's been an emotional month for Venus Williams. With her defeat of 19-year-old Ana Konjuh (6-3 6-2), the 37 year old will be the oldest woman to play in Wimbledon's quarterfinals since 1994. Martina Navratilova was also 37 when she reached the Wimbledon final, before she was defeated in three sets by Conchita Martinez. Williams's next challenge will be French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who has been on a tear in 2017.

The Ostapenko match-up is the third consecutive match in which she'll play a player born in 1997 -- the first year that she played in Wimbledon. Williams has been one of the most talked about players throughout Wimbledon for myriad reasons, but her play thus far is what has set her apart. She's been forced to three sets only once (against Wang Qiang in the Round of 64) thus far. Ostapenko will be her greatest challenge of the tournament so far, especially considering how she's been playing.

On other courts, Angelique Kerber's loss to Garbine Muguruza has opened the door for a new World No. 1 at the conclusion of Wimbledon. If Simona Halep is able to pull out a victory, she may be able to leap-frog Kerber in the ATP standings. Halep, 25, lost to Ostapenko at the French Open finals last month. If she is to win, she may have to go through Ostapenko again -- who defeated Elina Svitolina in a tough 6-3 7-6 on Monday morning match -- for the chance to face Williams in the quarterfinals.  

Show Comments Hide Comments
Our Latest Stories