Serena Williams into Wimbledon semifinals for 11th time after Giorgi battle

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

"She is not a human; she is just a hero", Bartoli of Williams, who's seeking her eighth championship at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam title just 10 months after giving birth to her first child.

It was the first time she'd needed to erase a real deficit this fortnight: Williams hadn't dropped a set until facing Giorgi, who was in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Having won the title in the previous two years she played Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, Williams, who missed last year's tournament due to her pregnancy, has extended her winning streak at the All England Club to 19 matches.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

Kerber will next face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova.


"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals".

Williams opted not to challenge when she saw a shot called long, although Hawk-Eye proved it was actually in, and Giorgi went on to bring up two break points, with Serena then mis-hitting wide to surrender the game.

World No 52 Giorgi blasted 20 winners and really took it to Williams, taking the first set thanks to one break, in the sixth game. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years. Evgeniya Rodina, another mother beaten by Williams yesterday, 6-2, 6-2, did the decent thing and said the American was her idol. Williams, herself, responded with a smile. "I'll just keep fighting", Williams said. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". She jumped to a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Ostapenko is within sight of a second grand slam crown in 13 months after surging into the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time. She harbors no compunction about striving for a point-ending victor with every stroke. It would have been interesting to see how Mannarino faired had he faced Nadal, I'd still go with straight sets Nadal but at least Mannarino can play some tactical ball.

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

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