Kerber ahead in 2nd set; Ostapenko leads 1-0


Li Na said she was stunned by Serena Williams' impressive comeback from giving birth and said her old rival has a golden chance to reclaim her Wimbledon crown.

Goerges will face seven-time champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Thursday.

"It's speed and placement", Rodina said about what makes Williams' serve so effective. "To be here. To be in the semifinals".

"I always say I plan on it". Williams has more wins in a major after losing a first set (39) than any other player in the women's Open era (Chris Evert has 28 and Venus Williams has 27).

"Plus I don't want her to have pressure from what I did, people talking about 'are you going to be able to do as good as your mom?'".

Sometimes I feel I am in trouble. For me, there's so much further I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully, go beyond that.

That is going to change now.

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The 52nd-ranked Giorgi, who had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings, overpowered the American to take the first set, hitting more winners and aces.

Williams never was anxious about losing.

She said: "I think this match today was an example how much I've grown in this department, how much I've accepted. They will watch me play here at Wimbledon", she said.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game.

"I don't know what to say right now". She's the only former champion left in the field and has a 9-1 record in semifinals at the All England Club. Camila served brilliantly to reduce the tally but the Serena's unrelenting attack sustained the gap to 5-3.

The 21-year-old 12th seed ended Dominika Cibulkova's inspired run with a 7-5 6-4 win before Kerber outclassed Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5.

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Giorgi had a bright start to the match, possibly catching Williams a little worn out as she is still working her way back from the 14-month leave.

Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it's the first time none of the top 10 women have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

"She is clearly a really good grass-court player". She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time. Kerber 2-0 in the second set.

Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world number 52 Giorgi became the first player in this year's tournament to take a set off the former world number one.

She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova's six, but also doubling her opponent's unforced-error count.

After four routine service games, Bertens, making her seventh appearance at the All England Club, was forced to dig deep to hold and produced when it mattered.

In a tight match with Kiki Bertens, who also seemed to have made a bit of a breakthrough on the surface, being primarily known as a clay courter, she found herself having to come from behind to claim her berth in the semi-finals.

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