Live updates from the women’s singles semi-finalsAnd feel free to email Daniel with any thoughts or questions
More or less, elite sportsfolk are made up of three elements: ability, mentality and personality. The absolute best have large helpings of all three – when you see them compete, you see all of them, and they suffuse whatever it is they play with their life-force. But it’s possible to be brilliant without quite having the lot, as it is to gradually build on apparently deficient raw materials.
Looking at today’s matches, it’s not especially hard to tick and cross the relevant boxes for each of our four competitors. But the thrill of it is that come Saturday evening, things might have changed.