Talking points ahead of the Wimbledon women's semi-finals

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015

Serena Williams celebrates after winning her quarterfinals match at Wimbledon on July 10, 2018 in London.

Bertens, the first Dutchwoman to reach the last 16 since Michaella Krajicek, sister of former men's champion Richard, did so in 2007, followed up her win over Venus Williams in the third round with a display of power and poise.

Williams continues her quest for an eighth title later against Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, with the victor to meet Italian Camila Giorgi, who advanced to her maiden grand slam quarter-final with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Ekaterina Makarova. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

"I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong", she said.

"I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets".

"I feel good and did better today, I had to". "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back to where I was, and hopefully go beyond that".

At only her fourth tournament since returning from maternity leave, Williams is now just two matches away from an eighth Wimbledon title and equalling Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

Ostapenko is within sight of a second grand slam crown in 13 months after surging into the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

That is going to change now.

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There were no signs of stage-fright from Giorgi in her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she took the first set.

In March, she lost in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka, leading to a hasty exit in which she bypassed a postmatch media session. She jumped to a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Yet here Williams is, getting stronger and moving better with every match. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". Williams beat Goerges at the recent French Open but said of their upcoming SW19 meeting: "This is a whole new match, it's a new surface, it's everything".

The Argentine was in danger of being dragged into a fifth set when he squandered four match points, one with a double-fault, at 5-4 having hit back from 1-3 down.

Bertens was bidding to become the first Dutch woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final in over 40 years and took the opener in emphatic style. Even when I was down the first set, I thought, Well, she's playing great.

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

The American takes on Germany's Julia Gorges, with 2016 Australian and US Open champion Angelique Kerber facing 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the other battle for a place in Saturday's final.

Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion who was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, will be playing former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko today.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

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