Kerber survives seeding cull to reach Wimbledon quarter-finals

Florence Fletcher
July 14, 2018

When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena's dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment.

Before the match, Giorgi had raised eyebrows when, asked about her impression of Williams over the years, she said: "I don't follow women's tennis".

"I feel like I am back, I still have a long way to where I was".

Ostapenko's second Grand Slam semi-final appearance will be against former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber on Thursday.

It will be Kerber's first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open.

"To be here, to be in the semi-finals".

Her path to the title has been wide open from early in the tournament as Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens have all been eliminated.

Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarter-finals.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams was given special dispensation by the All England Club on her return from pregnancy.

She quickly worked out a way to hurt the 23-time grand slam champion and it was not just her clothes that were eye-catching as some impressive serving and a barrage of cross-court forehands saw her dominate.

She said: "I don't feel any pressure".

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The firefighters were seen watching the match with intent, hoping to see their team make it to the semis. Another favourite is the current Croatian winger Ante Rebic.

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"That code violation made me even more motivated and angry", Ostapenko said.

Neither Kerber nor Williams, who were seeded 11th and 25th respectively for this year's tournament, were odds-on favorites to reach the final.

"It never happened to me in my career that this would happen".

Hseih protested to umpire Juan Zhang on losing the point, setting off a 10-minute delay as both players plead their case with Zhang. I'm just going out there and enjoying it.

The former world number one was taken to three sets for the first time in the tournament by Camila Giorgi in her quarter-final match, but remains the title favourite.

Jeļena Ostapenko advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals, where she will play against Angelique Kerber, by beating Dominika Cibulková.

Kasatkina finished with seven double-faults, including one on break point in the second game and then two straight to hand Kerber a 5-3 lead in the first set - halting her momentum just after breaking to get back on serve with the help of one of the best rallies of the match. Dominika played well but I fought until the end and was very confident.

In the men's draw, defending champion Roger Federer eased into his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 win over unseeded Adrian Mannarino of France.

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two.

Williams responded by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi's serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.

The blustery conditions that had initially troubled Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov on the same court late last night had returned and both women lost their opening service game.

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