Konta loses her cool at 'patronising' question

Serena Williams Wimbledon

It's almost, very nearly, time for Serena Williams to play her quarter final match on Centre Court, against fellow American Alison Riske.

Halep, a former No. 1 who won the 2018 French Open, followed up her elimination of 15-year-old sensation Coco Gauff by defeating Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to get to her second semifinal at Wimbledon.

At least for now, Murray said the focus is simply on enjoying his tennis - and of-court life - once more following two injury-hit seasons.

Williams says "I started seeing a therapist".

And the Australia-born British tennis star threw away a 4-1 lead in the first set to lose 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in an error-filled performance.

Serena Williams is not sure why she was fined for throwing a racket during a practice session ahead of Wimbledon.

Williams and her mixed doubles partner Andy Murray are also in second-round action against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo Tuesday. But in the second set, Riske broke for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to even the match.

Williams, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals on Tuesday, says in a Harper's Bazaar magazine article that she wrote to Osaka after not being able to "find peace".

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She eventually charged over the finish line after more than two hours on court, bringing up match point when Riske netted a forehand and completing the job with her 19th ace of the match to set up a clash with unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova, who beat Britain's Johanna Konta in straight sets.

Riske struck first, breaking in the third game before Williams had really got her legs into gear, but a 3-1 advantage was quickly wiped out as the 11th seed won five of the next six games to take the set.

Williams was constantly cajoling herself and letting out roars of come on during the match.

And so here she is, back in Wimbledon's semifinals for the 12th time.

But he has ruled out returning to best-of-five single's matches in 2019.

When asked about the prospect of facing Williams for a place in the last four, Riske said: "It's super exciting". "I've never played anyone that has a return like Serena. I went from playing at the highest level of the sport to really struggling to do day-to-day things", Murray added.

Even if Williams was hardly ideal, she got by, aided by her greatest-in-the-game serve and Riske's miscues. She will next face either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova.

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