Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

If her best is anything like we saw Tuesday, it seems like it will be an incredibly hard task for Goerges to pull off the victory. It didn't take long for her to rebound, a attractive volley restoring her break advantage at 4-3. It's not about wrapping up a win.

"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals". So it's really cool.

"I'm like, "You don't have to be sorry".

And Drake looked proud as he turned up to support Serena Williams during her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Still, Williams said she's not getting too excited as she's still adjusting to tennis after returning from maternity leave.

But with none of the top eight seeds left in the draw, she is now a huge favourite to claim a 24th Grand Slam title and move level with Margaret Court on the all-time list.

The upsets continued at 2018 Wimbledon with the last top seed falling as seventh seed Karolina Pliskova was sent packing by 20th seed Kiki Bertens, the Dutchwoman prevailing 6-3, 7-6 (1) to open up play on Court 2.

It's been 87 years since two German women played in a Wimbledon final.

The 11th seed has never faced Ostapenko, who says she is playing with freedom after the disappointment of her French Open title defence ending with a first-round exit in May.

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon. "I won the first set, and then she played well, but I'm happy with the way I played".

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. But the 36-year-old Williams, back at Wimbledon after missing last year when she was pregnant with her first child, dug in, upped her game and reeled Giorgi in.

No. 11 Angelique Kerber faces 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal.

With two players that possess as much firepower, especially on serve as the Czech and the Dutchwoman, there didn't figure to be a lot of break chances, but it was Bertens who had the first opportunity. "It's 115, and she puts the ball close to the line".

Hsieh protested, leading the match referee to come on to discuss the decision with the umpire as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18.

Yet Cibulkova argued the point should have been hers as the umpire should not change her mind.

Cibulkova went on to advance to a third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following 2011 and 2016. Giorgi reduced the tally but the set proceeded with serve to end 6-3 for Serena.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has yet to drop a set in this tournament. Ever a great front runner, Serena stepped up to serve for the set and match, winning the first two points and delivered an ace to reach 40-0.

Kevin Anderson advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal after edging Gael Monfils, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4).

Vanessa Coleman

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