Following four prior defeats in Grand Slam quarter-finals – twice in Paris and twice in Melbourne – Svitolina ended the run of the net-charging Czech, Karolina Muchova to advance to a semi-final.
“Actually [I] was happy no one really looked at my matches before,” Svitolina said. “Everyone was watching other matches, other players. So it was quite different, you know.”
“Before, like going into Roland-Garros a couple of times, I had lots of expectations, lots of pressure … Here I just had probably the pressure from myself. I handle it pretty good.
“It's just about trying to find my game, try to enjoy. Yeah, don't think too much about what can happen.”
Simona Halep now stands between the Ukrainian and an unlikely Grand Slam final on grass. Svitolina holds the narrow edge, 4-3, in previous battles but one of those defeats was forever engrained.
Serena through to the Semi Finals
The No.11 seed subsequently managed a tremendous quarter-final challenge against fellow American Alison Riske, requiring two hours and one minute to record a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
Halep fights to beat Zhang in straight sets 76 61
Zhang’s display belied both her world No.50 ranking and the fact that she had never won a Wimbledon match in five attempts before this campaign; but having surrendered that first set, she was powerless. In front of a riveted crowd on No.1 Court, Halep prevailed 7-6(4), 6-1 to reach the semi-finals here for the first time since 2014.
Strycova Joy as Konta goes out
Unsurprisingly, the crowd was sitting squarely behind Konta. Could this be the moment that Konta became the first British woman to reach the last four since… oh, hang on… since Johanna Konta in 2017?
Barbora Strycova is through to her first Wimbledon semi-final – her first Grand Slam semi-final anywhere, come to think of it – after a magical display of artistry, craft and knowhow to beat Johanna Konta 7-6(5), 6-1.
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