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Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams becomes oldest semi-finalist for 23 years

Williams defeated Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 13 minutes

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Serena Williams, Venus Williams
United States' Serena Williams, right, stands with her sister Venus Williams

added another chapter of achievement to her professional history as she became the oldest Wimbledon semi-finalist for 23 years after fending off winner on Tuesday.

In the 100th singles match of her Wimbledon career, Williams defeated Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 13 minutes, to become the oldest semi-finalist here since Martina Navratilova.

"I love this game," said the five-time champion when asked to explain her longevity not just as a player but a winner.

"There's no other explanation. That's why I put in the effort and the time. I try really hard. You do your best while you can. That's what I'm doing. It's a beautiful game, and it's been really good to me," she added.

Ostapenko, the Latvian No.13 seed, saw her 11-match winning streak at Grand Slams brought to a conclusive halt by the American.

Williams will now face Johanna Konta who defeated to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals in 39 years.

Konta came from behind to claim a hard-earned 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over Halep.

Meanwhile, Garbine Muguruza powered past Svetlana Kuznetsova to make it back to the last four.

Muguruza beat Russian seventh seed Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 in the last-eight contest.

The Russian will lock horns with Magdalena Rybarikova in the last four.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 04:10 IST