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Superhero Serena is close to her best, says Bartoli

11 July, 2018, 13:57 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates winning the fourth round match against Taiwan's Su Wei Hsieh. Andrew Couldridge Reuters

The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges or Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic on Tuesday.

She is now two wins away from her eighth Wimbledon trophy and from tying Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam titles in history at 24. While it's obviously a monumental achievement and great moment for her career, Giorgi wasn't exactly in the friendliest of moods after the match. Maybe I'll tweet to him if I win on Wednesday. Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2011, winning in straight sets, and will have to beat Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon to make the semifinals.

"I don't follow tennis", the Italian said when the subject of Williams' return came up before today's quarter-final. That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here. 'Each of us, seeded or not, I'm not seeded, we're just here to do our best.

Rodina left the court for a few minutes at the end of the first set but when she returned Williams continued her domination with an early break in the second.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

"Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise". I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals. "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'".

It is the first time in Wimbledon history not one of the top 10 women's seeds have reached the quarter-finals. "But I realized everyone is different". She has yet to lose a set during her comeback run at the All England Club.

"Here is some good news".

During his news conference Monday, Federer was asked about potentially playing the final at the same time as the World Cup final.

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Waiting to take her on will be a certain Serena Williams - a player who knows what it takes to succeed at Wimbledon having already triumphed at the All England Club seven times.

In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time. The German had suffered five successive first-round defeats at Wimbledon before this year and had clocked up 42 grand slam appearances without progressing beyond the fourth round.

Yet Goerges insists she can cause an massive upset against Williams.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. For me, I can't even think that far.

Thursday's (Friday NZT) other semifinal will also feature a German, two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, against 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Probably because at the French Open a couple weeks ago I had so much pressure. "I went for it", Serena said. "I just felt calm".

In other play, Dominika Cibulkova overcame a delay caused by a controversial decision from the umpire to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-wei.

"Because everybody plays the same way now, it's just whoever is better that day", Navratilova said.

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