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).
Why higher unemployment signals a strengthening economy
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Tropical Storm Beryl forms in the eastern Atlantic
The storm is further forecast to affect the British Virgin Islands late Sunday, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said. Hurricane Beryl is located about 1140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west at 14 mph (22 km/h).