Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
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Only two points from defeat, Johanna Konta staged a remarkable fightback to deny Simona Halep’s ascension to the world No.1 ranking in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on a drenched Tuesday.
Roared on by a parochial Centre Court crowd, the 26-year-old’s 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-4 upset of the No.2 seed also ensured she became the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1978.
Konta will need to find a way past five-time champion Venus Williams to reach her maiden Grand Slam semi-final after the veteran American ended French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko’s 11-match Grand Slam winning streak 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on Centre Court. Williams, who made her All England Club debut in 1997, defeated her third straight opponent born in 1997 to reach her 10th Wimbledon semi-final.
A day after ending Angelique Kerber’s reign as world No.1, Garbiñe Muguruza is through to her second ladies’ singles semi-final after defeating No.7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
After a rain-delayed start, the Spanish No.14 seed made quick work of her fellow former French Open champion with a 6-3, 6-4 result on No.1 Court. The 23-year-old is one win away from reaching her second Wimbledon final, having lost out to Serena Williams two years ago.
Muguruza will take on surprise semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the semi-finals after the 28-year-old Slovak continued her astonishing route through the draw with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-3 defeat of former quarter-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe.
Rybarikova led the American No.24 seed 6-3, 2-2 when played was suspended on No.1 Court. The match was completed under the roof on Centre Court where the world No.87 secured her maiden Grand Slam semi-final berth having never passed the third round in 25 prior Grand Slam main draw runs.
I will definitely remember today! Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the world number one. And this really means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t even realize what I have achieved. I worked very hard, as did all the people around me. Thanks to everyone who believed in me, as well as to those who doubted. Being the world number one is also a big responsibility for me. I’m aware of that and I can promise I will do my best not to disappoint in this role. Hopefully I’ll succeed. Once again I’d like to thank my family, my team of the closest people around me. Without you I wouldn’t be where I am.
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Earlier, in a gentlemen’s singles fourth round clash held over from Monday, two-time champion Novak Djokovic had few hassles on his way past unseeded French lefty Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4. The Serb will carry a 25-2 head-to-head record into his quarter-final with Tomas Berdych.
Brit Jamie Murray kept his hopes of a first Wimbledon mixed doubles crown in a decade on track when he and Swiss legend Martina Hingis became the first pair through to the quarter-finals. The No.1 seeds saw off the all-Czech pairing of Roman Jebavy and Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-4.
British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski continued their surprise run through the gentlemen’s doubles draw. The unseeded pairing reached their first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(7) 6-4 victory over New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner.
Stat of the day: Venus Williams has reached back-to-back Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since reaching consecutive Wimbledon finals in 2008 and 2009.
Quote of the day: “I was showing more emotions on the court. Now I'm trying to handle it better. I think that's experience … The year I made [the] final here, I felt like I was a completely different player. Now I maybe feel more solid mentally, going out there knowing what to do.” – Garbiñe Muguruza on how she has grown as a player since her last Wimbledon semi-final two years ago.