Serena Williams Survives Scare To Make 11th Wimbledon Semi-Final

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Or when, about 10 minutes later, she stretched for a lunging backhand victor to break at love and take control of the third set, then raised a fist, figuring a berth in her 11th semifinal at the All England Club was close at hand.

"It's speed and placement", Rodina said about what makes Williams' serve so effective.

After a series of upsets in the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon, all of the top-10 seeds from the women's draw have been eliminated.

Ostapenko, the 12th seed, overpowered Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's final four for the first time, and without dropping a set.

Williams faces German 13th seed Julia Gorges in Thursday's semi-finals. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets. "We are here in the semis and they are all tough opponents and you have to play at your best", Kerber said.

Kiki Bertens ensured a record exodus of seeds at Wimbledon on Monday when she added Czech Karolina Pliskova to the list of big names to perish before the quarter-finals.

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.

"You never know what to expect from her [Ostapenko]", Cibulkova said.

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After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon.

Williams advanced with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.

Williams, however, lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own.

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.

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?

Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets.

"I'm just looking forward to my next match".

On Wednesday, del Potro faces Rafael Nadal.

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