Serena Williams surprised by semi-final spot at Wimbledon

Just one of over 400 points

Just one of over 400 points

On Tuesday, Williams was one step closer to winning her first major as a mother, as she came back from a set down to beat Giorgi (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.

Winless in three previous meetings with Williams, including last month in Paris, Goerges could face compatriot Angelique Kerber in the first-ever all-German women's grand slam final if she somehow fashions a way to turn the tables.

She fought back to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a fiercely contested quarter-final on Tuesday.

Kerber came out on top of a spectacular 25-shot rally to force the all-important match point number seven, and finally got the job done as Kasatkina netted a forehand, the German relieved to be a 6-3 7-5 victor. "I think everyone here has a great chance so you have to take it", Goerges said.

The All England Club seeded her there as a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered, in 2015 and 2016.

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Giorgi hung in gamely to at least make Williams serve to reach her 35th Grand Slam semi-final and 11th at Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old is now just two more from also matching Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles. Partly due to Giorgi's aggressive style of play - which has in no small part got her to the last eight, she didn't regret taking that style of play to Williams, saying: "No, it's my game, that is why I'm playing well today, so no, I don't regret anything".

Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon victor, was outwardly full of fire as she shrieked her way to victory against the unseeded Italian.

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

"To be here, to be in the semi-finals, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals".

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.

"It was just the way I felt". It's 5-3 for Kerber and she will once again be serving for the match.

Surprisingly, the Czech faced another break point in the fifth game, but this time, some deep hitting off of the forehand wing produced an error from Bertens and she dug out a hold to remain just one break down.

With all the top 10 women's seeds now out, Williams is hot favourite to win an eighth title. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said.

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. The match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Netherland's Kiki Bertens went the full hull.

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. Goerges is battling on but Serena isn't conceding an inch on her serve.

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