The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich

LON­DON» Venus Wil­liams is the old­est wo­man in the Wim­ble­don quar­ter­fi­nals since 1994. Jo­hanna Konta is the first Bri­tish wo­man to make it that far since 1984. An­gelique Ker­ber’s loss means she’ll re­lin­quish the No. 1 rank­ing.

Je­lena Ostapenko needed eight match points for her lat­est win — and lat­est proof that last month’s French Open ti­tle was no fluke. Mag­dalena Ry­barikova, a Slo­vakian ranked 87th, reached her first quar­ter­fi­nal in 36 Grand Slam tour­na­ments on Mon­day.

The 13th-seeded Ostapenko beat No. 4 Elina Svi­tolina 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Gar­bine Mugu­ruza beat Ker­ber 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a matchup be­tween the past two Wim­ble­don run­ner­sup, a pair of play­ers with a com­bined three ma­jor cham­pi­onships, and the wo­man atop the WTA rankings (well, un­til next week).

Konta won 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 against No. 21 Caro­line Gar­cia of France.

“I’ve dreamed of it ever since I was a lit­tle girl — to be a Grand Slam cham­pion,” said Konta, who had won just one match in five pre­vi­ous Wim­ble­don ap­pear­ances.

Five-time cham­pion Wil­liams is 37; each of her past two op­po­nents is 19. Now, af­ter beat­ing Croa­tia’s Ana Kon­juh 6-3, 6-2, the Amer­i­can faces Ostapenko, who turned 20 last month and was born af­ter Wil­liams made her Grand Slam de­but in 1997.

“Win­ning never gets old at any stage in your ca­reer. Ever,” Wil­liams said, then re­peated that fi­nal word for em­pha­sis.

The other women’s quar­ter­fi­nal matchups Tues­day: Konta vs. No. 2seeded Si­mona Halep, Mugu­ruza vs. two-time ma­jor cham­pion Svet­lana Kuznetsova and Ry­barikova against 24th-seeded CoCo Van­deweghe of the U.S.

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