Wimbledon (CNN)If these are arguably some of the worst times personally for Venus Williams, the US tennis star’s professional career is enjoying a late blooming.
Williams has talked about feeling “devastated” after her involvement in a car accident that led to the death of a 78-year-old man last month.
But at Wimbledon, Williams continues to thrive as she eased into a 10th semifinal at the All England Club.
Her serve and athleticism were there for all to see Tuesday as she beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5 under the Centre Court roof in her 100th Wimbledon encounter to end the feisty French Open champion’s 11-match winning streak at grand slams.
Williams has now reached two grand slam semifinals in a season for the first time since 2007, having finished runner-up to younger sister Serena — who is pregnant and due to give birth next month — at the Australian Open in January.
“I love this game,” Williams told reporters. “That’s why I put in the effort and the time. It’s a beautiful game. It’s been so good to me.”