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Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals.

"Everybody has to deserve that, I think".

"No. I mean, to be honest, I am not feeling the pressure because I am not looking on the seeded or who is left or not", she said. "Sometimes I feel I can fight. Now that I'm not, it kind of happened".

Contesting just her fourth tournament following 16 months of maternity leave either side of the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia last September, Williams will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges in her 11th semi-final at The All England Club on Thursday. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years.

"I faced a thousand and three seeds in my life, so I'm okay with that", Williams responded when asked if she would have preferred stiffer tests.

That might sound a tad scary to opponents.

This is unchartered territory for 29-year-old Goerges.

Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory when Giorgi could only push a forehand into the net.

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Even when Serena was on the brink of losing the set, she managed to hit a 122 miles per hour serve, her fastest of the tournament. Williams is the only remaining American in the women's singles bracket.

She would also draw level with record holder Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slam crowns.

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final.

Kerber is through after a straight-sets win over Russian youngster Daria Kasatkina. She was the lone top-10 women's seed still around at this upset-filled tournament, and now she's also gone.

Next up for the 36-year-old American is a match against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victor against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

Giorgi, who chose to serve first, bounced around like a dancer on the baseline and used her fast hands to whip winners behind her serve.

Cibulkova advanced to her third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following runs in 2011 and 2016.