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Serena battles into 11th Wimbledon semi

Serena battles into 11th Wimbledon semi

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.

Told she is guaranteed of rising to 51st next week - and higher if she reaches the final or wins the championship - Williams joked: "Got to keep trekking on, though".

Bertens next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.

In September, the tennis champion and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. "She will do pretty good", the vanquished Dutchwoman said.

Can Williams win an eighth Wimbledon title?

"I hate losing. I mean, that's no secret".

"It's important for me to have the losses. I'm going to go out there and just do what I can, do my best and see what happens". She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180. Williams will be playing her 35th grand slam semi-final.

"I always say I plan on it". She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

"It's different now obviously because I have the baby. This is only my fourth tournament back", she said.

However, able to look back fondly on the past ten days, Giorgi added: "Of course, I take a lot of positives from the tournament".

"Here is some good news".

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"This work we are putting in every day, you can't expect it happening in three months, and it's just there".

"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals".

The former world No 1 suffered a dip in form in 2017, when she struggled to cope with the expectations, but seems to have recovered her confidence this year, with a semi-final effort at the Australian Open followed by a quarter-final run at the French Open.

Cibulkova insisted after the match that the call should've remained in her favor.

Marion Bartoli believes "superhero" Serena Williams is already close to her best at Wimbledon. "I play a great level today", she said.

The way she is striking the ball and moving in her second Grand Slam back after childbirth she would arguably be favourite for the title even with the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep still in contention. Her younger brother, Amadeaus, is a professional soccer player, while her older brother Leandro is working to be an actor. "I hit myself with my hand when I lost a point. It's now all gone", Ostapenko said. "I really enjoy being here". "It's so much fun".

After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed previous year, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.

"I don't know", Williams said.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents.

Visit the Wimbledon website for a look at the results in full and the upcoming draw.


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