If experience matters, Williams has a big edge at Wimbledon

Published 8:03 a.m. ET July 10, 2019

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — One of the Wimbledon semifinalists has won 23 major titles. The other three women playing Thursday have combined to win one.

If experience and accomplishments count for anything, Serena Williams has the clear advantage.

“I definitely feel a lot more pressure as I got older,” Williams said after beating Alison Riske in three sets in the quarterfinals, then clarifying just how much experience she actually has. “Now that I am past older, I feel a little bit less pressure.”

The 37-year-old Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, will be playing in the semifinals at the All England Club for the 12th time. Overall, she has reached the last four at 37 major tournaments, putting her in a tie with Steffi Graf for third most in the professional era.

Contrast that with her three remaining rivals. Barbora Strycova, Williams’ opponent on Thursday, will be playing in first major semifinal in her 53rd Grand Slam tournament, while Elina Svitolina will also be making her debut at this stage. Only former No. 1 Simona Halep has been a Grand Slam champion, winning last year’s French Open, and will be…

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