In an exclusive interview, Jelena Ostapenko discussed putting aside the pressure of being a Grand Slam champion to fight her way into her first Wimbledon quarterfinal, where five-time champion Venus Williams awaits. Check out the full interview right here on!
WTA Staff

LONDON, Great Britain - Roland Garros' biggest surprise calmly continued her Grand Slam winning streak on Monday at the All England Club as Jelena Ostapenko won a 11th straight match to upset No.4 seed Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 7-6(6).

Ostapenko hasn't dropped a set in her last two matches, but was on the brink of defeat to former junior rival Francoise Abanda in the second round, outlasting the Canadian in three.

"In the first couple of rounds, I wasn't playing my best and I was fighting," she said in an exclusive video interview, "but I feel like every match I'm getting better and better."

The Latvian roared into her first Grand Slam semifinal as a teenager back in June, and celebrated her 20th birthday weekend by beating Timea Bacsinszky and pre-tournament favorite Simona Halep, each in three sets, to capture her maiden Grand Slam trophy.

"After the French Open, I had more pressure when I was playing and every match was tough. But I'm really happy I dealt with the pressure and here I am in the quarters."

Up next for the No.13 seed is a Centre Court debut and an opponent not short on experience in Venus Williams; the former World No.1 played her first Wimbledon back in 1997 - the year Ostapenko was born! - and went on to win five titles at the All England Club.

The winner will not only reach the semifinals, but Ostapenko can also clinch her Top 10 debut, becoming the 121st woman in WTA rankings history to reach that threshold.

"She's a great player who has won many Grand Slams, and I'm just going to go on court, enjoy the match, and show my best."