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Serena Williams surprised by semi-final spot at Wimbledon

Serena Williams surprised by semi-final spot at Wimbledon

Giorgi, Kasatkina, Bertens and Goerges will each be making her debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

She faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina, just two weeks after beating the Russian in a third-set tiebreaker on the grass courts of Eastbourne, tying their head-to-head record at 3-3.

In the third set, Camila held to register first on the scoreboard but Serena charged back immediately to hold her serve and then take Camila's serve at love to lead 3-1. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

"I don't think this has happened to this extreme", she added. So it's really cool.

"This is tennis. Nobody is walking on the court saying OK, I'll give you a free match".

She steadied herself, though, and had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.

With Kerber still here too, it marks the first time in the Open era - since tennis went professional in 1968 - that there have been two Germans in the women's semi-finals.

Ostapenko struggled with the pressure of defending her maiden Grand Slam title, losing in the first round of the recent French Open.

Ahead of the big game in London, Williams admitted to "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.

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The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand.

But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon previous year, found some fight and capitalised on a loose game by Bertens that allowed her to break back and level the set at 4-4.

Rebounding from her shock first-round elimination in her Roland Garros title defence, Ostapenko has marched through the Wimbledon draw without dropping a set.

Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-Wei. Kerber served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken. Had she crashed out Drake would probably have been lampooned by fans who would have linke the loss to his unsolicited presence.

Cibulkova, who went on to win 6-4 6-1, said afterwards: "It was ridiculous".

Del Potro will face two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Ostapenko double faults at breakpoint as Kerber clinches the first set 6-3.

The 21-year-old is the only female player yet to drop a set in this year's tournament.

The eighth-seeded Anderson hit 20 aces on his way to setting up a last-eight meeting with Federer.

But Julia Goerges can not afford to bring any sense of deference to their semi-final, given this is her big chance to reach a first grand slam singles final.


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