Serena Williams into Wimbledon semifinals for 11th time after Giorgi battle

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon's main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission.

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, the highest-seeded woman remaining at No. 7, plays Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Predictably, Pliskova was asked why there have been so many surprises. "I'm telling myself, 'Why didn't I break the first game of the second?'" "You still have to beat the players". In the first set, the 26-year-old Italian, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinals, had Williams scrambling after her lightning-quick serves and almost knocked her off of her feet with one that notched 118 miles per hour.

Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena?

Centre Court suddenly felt silent, in disbelief. The only different thing is that it's Federer in front of me, and he's a really good opponent. At least it appeared to be the right size.

When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4. Federer also broke, then held to end the match.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said.

Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016.

Kerber beat Kasatkina on grass at Eastbourne two weeks ago and again she was in control, finishing off the first set easily before landing an early break in the second. Williams' latest match required only 62 minutes and was not much of a contest, a 6-2, 6-2 win in which she compiled a 30-5 edge in winners against Evgeniya Rodina, a qualifier from Russian Federation ranked 120th who was dealing with a bothersome left thigh.

"I mean, I'm definitely going to have to look at it the right way".

"I was expecting a close match".

In the men's draw, Juan Martin del Potro completed a hard-fought fourth-round win over Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5).

On Wednesday, del Potro faces Rafael Nadal.

Ostapenko also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams. "That was four or five weeks ago", she said.



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