Wimbledon: Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and CoCo Vandeweghe lead United States charge

Posted July 11, 2017

And to open things up even further, Jelena Ostapenko, the shock French Open victor, powered her way past fourth seed Elena Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Meanwhile World No 1 Angelique Kerber has crashed out after losing to Spain's Garbine Muguruza on Monday.

Williams has remained focused on the Wimbledon courts, but the accident clearly is on her mind.

The 29-year-old, who lost to Serena Williams in the final 12 months ago, has failed to make the last eight at any of this year's three Grand Slams. "Just one can win, and that was not me today".

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"I think I stretch a little harder now".

"Winning never gets old at any stage in your career, ever, ever", Williams said afterward. I would like to play, you know, in straight sets every round.

Svitolina saved seven match points in the second set, before Ostapenko, seeded 13th, finally won in a tie-break.

Next she will face the brightest of the sport's next-generation stars, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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As a result Kerber will now be replaced a No 1 by either Karolina Pliskova or Simona Halep.

But veteran 10th seed Venus appears as likely as anybody to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, and a 6-3 6-2 fourth-round victory over Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh was as impressive as the scoreline indicates.

And Halep will banish thoughts about the number one ranking, saying: "I want to win more, not just one match".

American Coco Vandeweghe, the 24th seed, has an attacking game perfectly suited to the grass and strode on with an impressive 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 victory over Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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The Latvian suffered a huge wobble in the second set as Svitolina fought back from 5-2 to lead 6-5, but she steadied to break back, force a tie-break and, belatedly, reach the last eight.