Superhero Serena is close to her best, says Bartoli

Ross Houston
July 14, 2018

In her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final, Williams was yesterday to face Italian world No. 52 Camila Giorgi.

Pliskova's exit means that for the first time in the Open era, no top ten seeds on the Ladies' side reached the quarterfinals at the All-England Club as Bertens sets up a last eight tie with 13th seed Julia Goerges with the victor advancing to their first Wimbledon semifinal.

Williams took control of the third and final set in the the third game, claiming the third break of the match, and with the remaining games all going to serve, served out for a 3-6, 6-3 6-4 win.

"I was maybe the better player in the first set but didn't actually take the chances I would have loved to take, but still found a way to somehow come back and close out that match".

Williams is playing in her 11th semifinal at the tournament.

Seeded 11th, Kerber seems to be approaching something close to her 2016 peak, when she won her two grand slam titles and reached the final at Wimbledon.

Asked what she likes the most about the way Williams plays, Giorgi responded: "I don't follow tennis". In Giorgi, Williams was facing an opponent who was young (26), strong and playing, perhaps, the best tennis of her career. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, going about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180.

There was a controlled fury about Williams's play, and when she conjured an off-balance backhand victor to break in the third game of the decider, the outcome was inevitable.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said.

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Pliskova was soon again presented with opportunities to even the set, but this time Bertens fended off the Czech's attack, saving all four for a 5-3 lead. "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back to where I was, and hopefully go beyond that".

With no top-10 seeds making the quarterfinals for the first time in Wimbledon history, 11th-seeded Kerber is the highest-ranked player left in the hunt for the Venus Rosewater Dish. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

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.

Julia Gerges made a comeback in the match with Kiki, Bertens and became her rival Serena Williams in the semi-finals. "I went for it", Serena said. Be a good friend and let her win'.

Williams beat the big-serving German at the French Open last month before injury curtailed her first Grand Slam since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last September. "It's an honour to share the court with her", Goerges said after booking her last-four spot. Meanwhile, Ostapenko also achieved a win in straight sets against Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-4.

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