Serena Williams withstands challenge to book spot in Wimbledon semifinals

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

"I feel like it takes time to get there. You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great", Williams said afterwards. "These are the matches we work so hard for, me and my whole team". "This is only my fourth tournament back", she said. "I still have a long way to go to be where I was".

Williams missed last year's Wimbledon as she was pregnant with her first child.

The destruction further paves the way for Williams to complete her comeback since having a baby, with an eighth title that would draw the 36-year-old level with Margaret Court's all-time record 24 career singles majors.

On Tuesday, the 23-time Grand Slam champion beat out Giorgi, 26, in the quarterfinals. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

'Wow, it's pretty wonderful, ' Goerges said afterwards. But he first wants to learn how to play the backhand before teaching Federer how to play the straight drive.

After their most recent meeting, in the French Open's third round last month, Williams pulled out of that tournament, citing a chest muscle injury that made it too painful to serve.

Watched from the stands by her friend and mega-star rapper Drake, Serena struggled to hit the right notes in the first set.

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Once Williams had figured out how to break the Giorgi serve, though, in the fourth game of the second set, the momentum changed.

"If we look back to the other Grand Slams in the last one or two years, we've always got surprises", said Germany's Julia Görges when asked about it. Görges' first five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, but this year the 29-year-old reached the quarterfinals with a straight set victory against Donna Vekic. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

However, Federer has held all of his 55 service games this year and last dropped serve in the semi-finals in 2017 - 81 service games ago.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out. He was able to tread water until 5-all, when Federer returned a 123 miles per hour serve, quickly gained control of a baseline exchange, then hopped and screamed, "Come on!" as a backhand flew long for the break. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.

She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova's six, but also doubling her opponent's unforced error count.

On Wednesday, del Potro faces Rafael Nadal.

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