Wimbledon: Serena Williams one match from finals after win

Wimbledon: Serena Williams one match from finals after win

The 26-year-old, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, was the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

Serena Williams' baby has just taken her first steps at Wimbledon, but the seven-time champion doesn't want daughter Olympia to follow in her path on the tennis court.

"I'm always striving for perfection". I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

"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. "Sometimes I feel I can fight".

"I have a long way to go".

She'll face Germany's Julia Gorges in the semifinals on Thursday at the All England Club.

That is going to change now.

Goerges, who had never played in a quarter-final of a Major before these Championships, defeated Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 on Court 1.

Williams never was anxious about losing. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said. "I think everyone here has a great chance so you have to take it", Goerges said. I'm doing a lot of the right things.

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.

She served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken.

"I knew I had to be aggressive otherwise she would have opportunity for winners so I just went for my shots", Ostapenko said.

Angelique Kerber has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for a third time. She's the only former champion left in the field and has a 9-1 record in semifinals at the All England Club.

Serena's miracle run at Wimbledon, just her fourth tournament back from maternity leave, couldn't really be ending here on Centre Court against Camila Giorgi, the 52nd-ranked player in the world, could it?

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's erratic serving and errors to return to the last four.

Jelena Ostapenko showed all her "fighting" qualities to defeat Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 and become the first Latvian to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals.

After sweeping aside Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, Williams, 36, had an ominous warning for her rivals.

It's also the only Grand Slam tournament in the half-century professional era with zero top-10 seeds in the women's final eight.

She has bounced back in 2018, winning more than 75 percent of her matches and a title while racking up 10 wins vs. top-20 players. However, the 13th seed has proved she knows how to win a close match. The second set, was prolonged but the former Champion came through 7/5 after 1 hour and 29 minutes.

Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand victor on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year's tournament. The match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Netherland's Kiki Bertens went the full hull.

Yet Goerges insists she can cause an massive upset against Williams.

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