Britain still has one of their own to cheer for in the Wimbledon singles semi-finals: Johanna Konta. She is trying to become the host country's first female champion at the All England Club in 40 years.
First, though, Konta will need to get past Venus Williams, who already owns five titles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.
This will be the 37-year-old American's 10th Wimbledon semi-final and 22nd at all majors. Konta's only previous match at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament was a semi-final loss at the 2016 Australian Open.
"I definitely think experience helps, for sure," Williams said.
"What Venus and her sister have given our sport is absolutely tremendous. The way they've elevated women's tennis is truly inspiring," Konta said. "So I feel very excited and very humbled to be sharing the court with her again."
Their semi-final will be second on Centre Court, after 2015 runner-up Garbine Muguruza takes on 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.
Muguruza was the French Open champion last year. Rybarikova, in contrast, had never been past the third round in her 35 previous appearances at majors.
Rybarikova was ranked as low as 453 in March but is now at 87 in the world following a grass court season which has featured 18 wins and just one loss.
She is the lowest-ranked women's semi-finalist since 2008, when China's Zheng Jie, at 133, made the last four.
"She's going to be (the) favorite," Rybarikova said. "I'm here to enjoy the match. We'll see what's going to happen."
They've played each other four times previously, each winning twice. Muguruza won the only past match at a major, 14-12 in the third set at the Australian Open in 2013. Rybarikova won the only past match on grass, 6-3, 6-1 at Birmingham in 2015.
Muguruza is looking to reach her third Grand Slam final after winning the French Open in 2016 and finishing as runner-up to Serena Williams in the 2105 Wimbledon final.
Take a look at the Order of Play for Thursday:
Centre Court (1:00 PM local/5:30 PM IST)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP x14) v Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Venus Williams (USA x10) v Johanna Konta (GBR x6)
(With inputs from agencies)
Published Date: Jul 13, 2017 08:48 pm
| Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 10:16 pm