Serena Williams mistrusts the Alison Riske factor at Wimbledon
LONDON: Serena Williams you can never have a better chance to match Daisy cut The Grand Slam record of 24 with the Wimbledon quarterfinals devoid of the main lights in women tennis .
The seven-time 37-year-old champion is moving toward something that looks like her best form after an unconvincing first week, but will not take opponent of Tuesday's quarter-final Alison Riske lightly.
That would be prudent after the American one of the 29 years ousted the world number one Ashleigh Barty in the last 16.
Barty was followed by the tournament by third seed Karolina Pliskova, two-time champion Petra Kvitova and Coco Gauff, 15 years old.
Riske was anxious to face her American compatriot when she said: Go ahead!
Williams knows Riske relatively well, they have played doubles together, and he is aware that in the pasture he can defend himself, as well as the fact that the last time he faced a relatively unknown American, Sofia Kenin at the French Open, he lost .
She is (Riske) a fighter on the court, Williams said.
He is playing very well, especially on the turf. He is attacking the ball very well. He does not let anything limit it.
Williams is talking ominously about his improvement, since the tournament has continued after a knee problem affected his campaign on the clay court.
The rust is definitely going, he said.
More than anything, I feel confident that I can move and I do not have to go to the winners so soon because I have pain.
It's like, Oh, now I can only play my game, shoot, not have to worry about anything else.
It's good when your mind is clear and you can only play.
For Riske, reaching a first Wimbledon quarter-final is an early wedding gift ahead of her marriage which takes place just after the tournament.
I'm ready for a war (with Williams). She is the best athlete that I think has been on the side of women, she said.
Waiting for Williams or Riske could well be Britain's French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, who must beat Czech veteran Barbora Strycova to reach her second Wimbledon semi-final.
Strycova, who beat Konta in their only previous meeting, had been talking about retirement prior to her 17th Wimbledon campaign.
The rest of the quarterfinals have only two seeds involved: the number seven, Simona Halep and the eighth seed Elina Svitolina.
Former world number one Halep - who has never been beyond the quarter-finals at Wimbledon - plays China's Zhang Shuai, who was close to retirement in 2015, while Svitolina takes on Pliskova's conqueror Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.
Zhang's change of mind regarding retirement was due to the advice of his doubles partner and his Australian friend Sam Stosur.
That made me think that maybe, well, I'm going to the Australian Open once again, one more try, he recalled of the conversation with Stosur.
I'm very, very happy, I tried it one more time, and we also won this year at the Australian Open in doubles.
So life is so nice to me.
Of all the players that will be released on Monday, Barty's is undoubtedly the biggest benefit for Williams.
Having been so confident in the first week, and a decent bet to end nearly four decades of being Australian without a singles women's champion, she lacked answers when necessary, as Riske defended herself to win 3-6, 6-2 , 6 -2.
Barty had a consolation, since Pliskova could have taken his number one spot, but the third Czech favorite also came out in a marathon duel, defeated by Muchova 4-6, 7-5, 13-11.
It's hard to swallow, but I lost to a better player, said Barty, who hoped to become the first Australian champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won his second title in 1980.
Muchova, meanwhile, can draw on Hollywood's star power Rebel Wilson, the Bridesmaids actress and the Pitch Perfect movie series.
It's crazy She sent me a text message last year when I beat Muguruza (at the US Open). It was like Wow. I was surprised by that.
Yes, she is a super calm and super nice person.