Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

"You never know what to expect from her [Ostapenko]", Cibulkova said.

With her easy power game in sync, Williams looked serene as she cruised to victory to set up a clash with Italy's Camila Giorgi, the fifth unseeded player she will have faced in a dream draw on her Wimbledon return. "I feel good. I feel like I did better today, I had to".

"It was tougher than the scoreline", Williams said. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". "I feel like I'm back, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I was".

Against the other two players in the semifinals, Williams has never played No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko and has won six of her eight matches against Angelique Kerber, the No. 11 seed.

That is going to change now.

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

That put Giorgi 5-2 ahead, owing to her earlier break of serve, and gave her the impetus to win the set - the first that Williams had lost in this tournament.

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She probably should have done her homework on Williams, who crushed the upset-minded Italian after dropping the first set. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

None of the top 10 women's seeds remain in the tournament.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double faults, but took a while to end things. 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.

But, hitting her serve with more ferocity, Serena wrestled back control of the match with a crucial break in the fourth game of the second set.

Kerber was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, when she surged to No. 1 in the world rankings after winning the Australian Open and US Open.

"But this is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel any pressure and have to win this", she added. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start. At 6-1 Bertens thought she had over-cooked a forehand swing volley but after Pliskova challenged the call the Hawkeye screen showed it had clipped the baseline.

The tall Czech answered an early break with one of her own but 20th seed Bertens secured a second break with a superb touch volley to move 5-3 ahead and then held easily. He hadn't been this far at the All England Club since 2011, losing to men ranked 100th or worse on four of his past five appearances.

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