This is the first time the 21-year-old Latvian has made the semifinals at Wimbledon. "I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams, who competed in the Indian Wells Masters, the Miami Open and the French Open before this year's Wimbledon tournament. "I'm just pleased with my game today".
Goerges advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens. Ostapenko threw four more errors into her next service game to hand the German the first set. "It's great to be in the semis", Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.
The No. 11 Kerber was the highest women's seed to reach the quarterfinals; it's the first time since Wimbledon began seeding players in the 1920s that none of the top 10 made it to this round.
"I think the match starts from zero".
"In terms of his level, he's back where he wants to be".
From 4-5 in the first set, she won 12 of the following 13 points to give a turnaround.
But the American's formidable record could not dampen Goerges' jubilation on Tuesday because as she admitted: "After five years of first round losses, I have grown a lot".
"This is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this. It was too hard so I had to ice it", she added.
"That's why people like to watch him play, because you feel something can happen". The left-handed Kerber has a heavy baseline game backed up by great speed, endurance and strength.
Williams, who missed Wimbledon a year ago due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016.
"We are in the semis now".
"For every single day that I'm here trying to do my best".
She will face former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber on Thursday in the semi final. She produced 33 winners in total to Cibulkova's six and was pure box office for all 88 minutes of her 7-5, 6-4 victory.
Hsieh argued, correctly, that the point should be replayed but the umpire would not budge, saying she could not remember if Hsieh's shot had gone in.
Before the match, Giorgi had raised eyebrows when, asked about her impression of Williams over the years, she said: "I don't follow women's tennis".
The Latvian's reward is a tussle with Kerber for a place in the final.
As Hsieh served at 4-5 0-30 Cibulkova pummelled a return deep into court and immediately challenged the linseman's call of out, prompting Hawkeye to show it had indeed been in. They will be both very tough matches. On one particularly insane 40-all volley, the two volleyed 25 times before Kerber got it to match point - which Kasatkina quickly reset to 40-all.