Williams back on Centre Court to face Strycova in semifinals
United States' Serena Williams celebrates after winning a point against United States' Alison Riske during a women's quarterfinal match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:48AM EDT
WIMBLEDON, England -- Back on Centre Court and back in the semifinals of a major tournament, Serena Williams will take on Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon.
Williams is trying to win an eighth title at the All England Club and a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall -- an achievement that would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.
The 33-year-old Strycova had been pondering retirement this year but now is the oldest first-time major semifinalist in the professional era. It took her 53 major tournaments to get this deep.
In the first semifinal, also on Centre Court, former No. 1 Simona Halep will face Elina Svitolina.
Like Strycova, Svitolina has never before been to the final four at a major tournament.
Halep won the French Open last year and is trying to reach her fifth major final.