Serena Williams's next opponent: I don't like women's game

All top-10 women's seeds OUT of Wimbledon before the quarter-finals as Pliskova falls

Rare is the player who can produce Williams' sort of pace on serves - Giorgi's average speeds were actually faster on first and second serves, and she delivered the match's first three aces - and mirror her power in groundstroke exchanges at the baseline.

Having shaken off any rust that may have remained from her absence, Williams appears to be closing in on top form at the right time.

Giorgi went into the match having served the most double faults in the tournament and duly committed one in the first game, but recovered her composure to save it with a scintillating cross-court forehand. Williams holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over Goerges, with the most recent victory coming in the third round of the French Open last month.

Having missed Wimbledon a year ago while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother. I was not thinking too much about the match points.

Ostapenko struck 32 winners to just six from her opponent and won 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes to set up a last-four clash against Angelique Kerber.

The 29-year-old dropped the first set to Dutch 20th seed Bertens but fought back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

"I'm ok, I feel good, I feel like I did better today, I had to".

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The midfield, in particular, has an enviable El Clásico combination of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitić. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went into extra time with an apparent right leg injury he picked up in the 89thminute.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic to seal her first Grand Slam quarter-final berth at the 42nd attempt.

The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals.

Ranked at world No. 181, Serena was the lowest-ranked player to contest a last-eight match in these parts in the Open Era, although she is the 25th seed. But also I've never been ranked where I am when this has happened before, so usually I'm one of those few seeds left that's still fighting and still in the tournament. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

He will meet Rafael Nadal at a grand slam for the second time in a matter of weeks after the Spaniard eased past del Potro in the French Open semifinals en route to his 17th major.

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