The Latest: Halep, Sviolina start Wimbledon semifinals

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to China's Shuai Zhang during a women's quarterfinal match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to China's Shuai Zhang during a women's quarterfinal match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning a point against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova during a women's quarterfinal match on day eight of the

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning a point against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova during a women's quarterfinal match on day eight of the

United States' Serena Williams returns to United States' Alison Riske in a Women's quarterfinal singles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Cha

United States' Serena Williams returns to United States' Alison Riske in a Women's quarterfinal singles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Cha

Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova celebrates winning a women's quarterfinal match against Britain's Johanna Konta on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis

Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova celebrates winning a women's quarterfinal match against Britain's Johanna Konta on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest at Wimbledon (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Play has started in the first women's semifinal on Centre Court between No. 7 Simona Halep and No. 8 Elina Svitolina.

Halep is a former No. 1 who won the French Open last year.

Svitolina is making her debut in a Grand Slam semifinal.

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8:10 a.m.

Back on Centre Court and back in the semifinals of a major tournament, Serena Williams will take on Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon.

Williams is trying to win an eighth title at the All England Club and a 24th Grand Slam trophy overall — an achievement that would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

The 33-year-old Strycova had been pondering retirement this year but now is the oldest first-time major semifinalist in the professional era. It took her 53 major tournaments to get this deep.

In the first semifinal, also on Centre Court, former No. 1 Simona Halep will face Elina Svitolina.

Like Strycova, Svitolina has never before been to the final four at a major tournament.

Halep won the French Open last year and is trying to reach her fifth major final.

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