Serena Williams loses first set, but reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams loses first set, but reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams loses first set, but reaches Wimbledon semifinals

The American superstar advanced as no top-10 women's seeds made the quarter-finals in 50 years of professional tennis following the fourth-round elimination of world number seven Karolina Pliskova. And so is No. 25, Williams.

With every passing round Williams has grown in strength and confidence. So it's really cool.

"You never know what to expect from her [Ostapenko]", Cibulkova said. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180. Suddenly, Williams looks as great as the eight Wimbledon titles suggest she is.

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

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Serena Williams, who lost a set for the first time at this year's Wimbledon, came back to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-4.

The highest seed left in the draw is Görges global teammate, Angelique Kerber.

Germany's Goerges came from a set down on Court No 1 to defeat her friend and occasional doubles partner Kiki Bertens, the Dutch No 20 seed. In 2013, he beat another Spaniard, David Ferrer, to set up a semi-final meeting with Novak Djokovic, and it just so happens the Serb could be his next challenge at SW19 five years on. Federer secured his spot in the quarterfinals having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon.

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FW, Dries Mertens, 6 - Immediately laid on a good chance after coming on, but couldn't do enough in the latter stages. Benjamin Pavard was slipped through by a fine Mbappe ball, but Courtois stuck out a leg and deflected his shot wide.

While some BBC analysts applauded Giorgi's go-for-broke approach Tuesday, nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, who's covering the tournament for Tennis Channel, isn't convinced that answering power with power is the best approach against Williams.

Del Potro led 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, after play was suspended in his fourth-round clash against Simon on Monday, and the Argentinean took little time in rounding off a hard-fought triumph after resuming on Tuesday. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

The other matchups see defending champion Roger Federer against Kevin Anderson; Novak Djokovic takes on Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic meets John Isner in a matchup of big servers.

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