Wimbledon at a glance - Day 8

London (AFP) –


Wimbledon at a glance -- day eight:

- Headlines -

+ Serena into 12th Wimbledon semi-final

+ Halep beats Zheng in straight sets

+ Unseeded Strycova ousts Konta

+ Svitolina into first Wimbledon semi

+ First final set 12-12 tie-break in men's dubs

- Top results -

Serena Williams (USA x11) bt Alison Riske (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Simona Halep (ROM x7) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 7-6 (7/4), 6-1

Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Johanna Konta (GBR x19) 7-6 (7/5), 6-1

Elina Svitolina (UKR x8) bt Karolina Muchova (CZE) 7-5, 6-4

Henri Kontinen/John Peers (FIN/AUS x8) bt Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury (USA/GBR x12) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 13-12 (7/2)

- Sidelines -

Serena out in front

-- Of the women's quarter-finalists, Serena Williams went into the last eight having won 96 matches at Wimbledon. The other seven combined had won 80.

Love game

-- Elina Svitolina's quarter-final victory was watched from the players' box by her boyfriend Gael Monfils, the world number 15.

Umpire leaves lofty perch

-- The gentlemen's senior invitation doubles are never the most serious of matches and things got farcical on Court Three. After swigging champagne, French veteran Henri Leconte swapped places with the umpire.

Playing in his blazer and cream trousers, he slipped over on his backside on one shot but carried on playing and smashed a winner.

Last Brit standing

-- After Johanna Konta's exit from Wimbledon, there is still one British woman competing: Eden Silva, who made the mixed doubles quarter-finals with her partner, compatriot Evan Hoyt.

- Who's saying what -

"The entrance is the best. Very elegant and special. You have carpet on the floor. The door is beautiful."

-- Simona Halep on the intricacies of Centre Court

"It was just in my way, and the wind. I was missing a shot because it's in my face. I was like, this is not happening. I just needed to get it out of the way, put the business bun up and just get to business."

-- Serena Williams on tying up her unruly hair in her quarter-final against Alison Riske

"Everything that I know that needs to be done is what I'm repeating to myself in those times, probably with a few vulgarities involved."

-- Alison Riske on what she says to herself during matches

"I wish she can win the tournament because she's the best player I like... She's a great person. You can see in her eyes how nice."

-- Zhang Shuai on Simona Halep after the Romanian won their quarter-final

"In the changing rooms you're kind of on your own. You have the space to play football whereas before it's crowded and even in the showers, you're almost together."

-- Xavier Malisse on the benefits of reaching the second week of a Grand Slam

"It's funny to talk about a Grand Slam champion as a dark horse. Halep is fitter than ever, and also mentally in a good place. She's enjoying her tennis and life again, which is when she is at her most dangerous."

-- Daniela Hantuchova on semi-finalist Simona Halep

- Royal Box watch -

Golfing great Jack Nicklaus, Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant and novelist Sebastian Faulks led the talent in Centre Court's plush seats.

They were joined by former tennis stars Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Iva Majoli, Mary Pierce and Gigi Fernandez.

England women's football manager Phil Neville sat with several members of the team that finished fourth at the World Cup.

British Olympic gold medallists Kelly Holmes and Lizzy Yarnold were joined by actors Matthew Goode and Ruth Wilson.