Serena Williams surprised with Wimbledon semi-final appearance

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

While there has been a sense of inevitability about Williams' march through the rounds, dropping just one set on her way and yet to face a top-50 player, Gorges says it is "unreal" for her to be into her first Grand Slam semi-final.

The 21-year-old 12th seed ended Dominika Cibulkova's inspired run with a 7-5 6-4 win before Kerber outclassed Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5.

I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care.' Serena Williams had a very different reaction in terms of excitement. 'I don't know what comments he has made about women in sport. Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova's defeat to Kiki Bertens means that none of the top eight are in the quarter-finals for the first time since the All England Club introduced seedings in 1927.

Serena Williams had to come from a set down to unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon two years ago. "I'm OK, I feel good, I feel like I did better today, I had to".

Having cruised through her first four matches here, the question was asked of Serena Williams if she would rather have had a tough test to see exactly where her game is at.

She steadied herself, though, and had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.

Williams hasn't faced a seeded player yet, and she won't on Tuesday, either, instead facing 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Looking to become the first Italian woman to make the Wimbledon semifinals, Giorgi did not let up, even when the match started to look like it was slipping away.

Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance and 30th in all four Grand Slams.

"I don't know. Just stay tuned, right?" she said.

There were many of them - not least her mighty serve.

The Dutch star finally tested Goerges' serve in the next game and she struck a superb victor on her way to securing the first break of the match.

In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.

"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. "It's now all gone", Ostapenko said. She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors.

"It's an honor to share the court with her", Goerges said.

Del Potro was thrashed by the Spaniard in the French Open semi-finals last month but feels his game matches up better against the No.1 on grass despite losing their only two meetings on the surface. She won 44 of the last 54 points she served.

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