Serena Williams wins again at Wimbledon, closes in on Grand Slam No

Florence Fletcher
July 11, 2018

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.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.

Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals.

"This is only my fourth tournament back, so I don't feel pressure. We are here in the semis and they are all tough opponents and you have to play at your best", Kerber said.

"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all. I still have a long way to go to be where I was". Just a month after the tennis star remarked that she "has never been intimidated by anyone" in response to a sexist question, Williams was lobbed a question about being one of the greatest athletes of all time, to which she did not rebut or apologize.

Bertens will play 13th seed Julia Goerges for a place in the semi-finals after the German beat Croatia's Donna Vekic.

Going a break down elicited a typically angry response from Williams, who surged into a 40-0 lead on Giorgi's serve in the subsequent game.

Williams faces Italy's Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the All England Club. She controlled the set as Giorgi put no more than 43% of her first serves in. "'I'll just keep fighting", Williams said.

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Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out. 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.

It is the third time Kerber has reached the last four at Wimbledon, where she was runner-up in 2016.

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Stefanie Graf defeated Anke Huber 6-1, 6-1 before winning the final over Arantxa Sánchez Vicario to capture her 12th major title out of an eventual total of 22.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year.

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments. "She can really hit the ball well".

Incredibly, Goerges had won only five matches in 10 previous visits to The All England Club - and none in the past five years - before arriving last week. The 36-year-old American, who has spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1, looks superb so far.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis".

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