Williams knows Wimbledon’s top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk

Williams knows Wimbledon’s top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk

Serena Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday.

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. She roared back to win the final two sets 6-3 and 6-4.

Having taken the title in the last two years she played here, in 2015 and 2016, this quarter-final success takes Williams' winning streak at the All England Club to 19 matches. Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great.

With an unprecedented cull of big names at this year's championship, Williams is yet to face a seed, but that will change in the semis where Julia Georges, the 13th seed, awaits.

Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to make the last four at the All England Club with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova on a windy No. 1 Court.

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis". "I'm fighting to the end and it helps me, gives me more confidence", said the youngest player left in the draw.

The 26-year-old, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, was the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

But Williams rallied to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court and then insisted she was never anxious.

Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia watch the action during the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 10, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Kerber and Ostapenko is the more intriguing of the two semi-final clashes, with little to choose between the two in terms of style and confidence.

"I knew I had to be aggressive otherwise she would have opportunity for winners so I just went for my shots", Ostapenko said.

"It was just the way I felt".

In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.

Russian youngster Kasatkina broke back when Kerber first served for the match, and then saved six match points during an epic final game.

"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years.

"You're only as good as your last win. I still have a long way to go to be where I was".

The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this tournament, saving all four.

It took a period of accepting the nuances of the surface, to see the results that have taken her further than in any other Grand Slam. It appeared nearly to be a reminder to Giorgi, who said on Monday that she doesn't watch women's tennis.

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