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So easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

11 July, 2018, 02:25 | Author: John Swanson
  • Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands hits a shot during her fourth round match against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Peter Nicholls Reuters

The women's quarterfinals are Tuesday, with Williams vs. Camila Giorgi, two-time major champion Angelique Kerber vs.

Serena celebrated her 100th career main draw victory on grass as she reached her 11th Wimbledon semifinal in 13 quarter-finals played with lone losses to Capriati (2001) and Henin (2007).

Federer is taking on 22nd-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino before Williams faces Evgeniya Rodina in a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the tournament.

Goerges is at the other end of the spectrum, preparing for her maiden major semi-final after also recovering from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1.

"After the first set, I said "okay let's go three sets", I just kept fighting".

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Since returning to tennis to reclaim her place at the top of the rankings following giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September, Serena Williams has been honest about the struggle it's been to balance work and motherhood.

Angelique Kerber is playing her seventh Slam semifinal, and her third at Wimbledon. I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals.

This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. The number 11 seed overcame a determined Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-6 and, like Görges, will fancy her chances at upsetting Williams' charge to the title. Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2011, winning in straight sets, and will have to beat Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon to make the semifinals.

When Serena broke again for a 2-1 lead in the final set, the American whirled and pumped her arms.

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"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all". 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.

The Italian's comments ahead of the match that she does not follow tennis will have raised eyebrows but, competing in her first Grand Sam quarterfinal, she troubled Williams significantly with her movement and power and took the first set.

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

Ranked at world No. 181, Serena was the lowest-ranked player to contest a last-eight match in these parts in the Open Era, although she is the 25th seed.

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