Ostapenko & Kerber in to Wimbledon last four

Ostapenko & Kerber in to Wimbledon last four

Ostapenko & Kerber in to Wimbledon last four

With a tiny tennis racket bag on her arm and rocking a cute pink frock, the 10-month-old was all smiles as she prepared to head out for the match.

Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016.

The sold-out crowd - which included Drake, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - seemed stunned.

Centre Court suddenly felt silent, in disbelief.

But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon past 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.

Del Potro will hope his second trip to the Wimbledon quarter-finals mimics his first run into the last eight. She seemed undaunted by the stage or the opponent. Williams is the only remaining American in the women's singles bracket.

"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.

It's okay, Serena, just keep your eyes on the prize at Wimbledon!


"This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don't feel pressure". I just tried to fight for every point.

"I mean, I'm definitely going to have to look at it the right way". It's weird. I can't describe it. She gave birth to daughter Olympia in September. "I went for it", Serena said.

They traded breaks early in both sets before Ostapenko broke decisively for a 3-2 lead in the second when Cibulkova sent a forehand long.

Looking to become the first Italian woman to make the Wimbledon semifinals, Giorgi did not let up, even when the match started to look like it was slipping away. Despite the two-year gap since their previous meeting, Williams professed to having watched 52nd-ranked Giorgi play "a lot". "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said. She didn't provide much perspective after the match, but insisted she was happy with her performance. "I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater". "In this tournament, she seems to be in the right mood". She won 44 of the past 54 points she served.

Serena Williams recovered from a set behind to seal her place in the Wimbledon semi-finals. She never backed down from a challenge.

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

The 36-year-old is now just two more from also matching Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles.

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