Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning a point during her women's singles match against Russia's Evgeniya Rodina, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018.
Having shaken off any rust that may have remained from her absence, Williams appears to be closing in on top form at the right time.
The result also means all of the top 10 seeds in the women's draw have been eliminated.
"Today was tougher than the scoreline suggested".
"Now that I'm not, it kind of happened!" I feel like it takes time to get there.
Williams celebrated her milestone 100th match at The All England Club with a 90th win, needing just a tick over an hour to see off Russian qualifier and fellow tennis mum Evgeniya Rodina.
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Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game. I know it's more hard now, there are many more demands on your time etc and it was such a big title for her because she'd been in three finals before and for Romania blah blah blah... but really? She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set. Williams faces Italy's Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the All England Club. Serena needs to win three more matches to earn the 24th Grand Slam singles title of her career, a mark which would tie current record holder Margaret Court.
The 12th-seeded Ostapenko is the second-highest-ranked player left in the draw and faces Dominika Cibulkova next after the Slovakian world number 33 continued her defiant run with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Su-Wei Hseih. She is seeded 25th after missing last year's tournament while pregnant.
No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, the last of the top-10 women, lost 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Kiki Bertens. I don't know. Simona should be a happy camper.
The victor of the Williams and Giorgi match battles Bertens or Goerges in the semifinals.
But the 36-year-old shared over the weekend that despite a strict schedule to be as present as possible for her daughter, she still managed to miss out on baby Alexis's first steps while getting in some training for Wimbledon.
Predictably, Pliskova was asked why there have been so many surprises. "She just didn't want to travel".