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.