Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Dominika Cibulkova

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

"This is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this".

"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals". Serena Williams will be there, though, after she moved a step closer to an eighth title at the All England Club. It's also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.

That is going to change now. As she figured, she would lose the point anyway if she gifted Williams a weak second-serve. For her, it's a bit easier because she likes really these balls.

"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought".

Leading 5-4 and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh's serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out.

Or when, about 10 minutes later, she stretched for a lunging backhand victor to break at love and take control of the third set, then raised a fist, figuring a berth in her 11th semifinal at the All England Club was close at hand.

She will next take on Julia Goerges after the 13th seed beat Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in their quarter-final.

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Williams has won the title at SW19 seven times and made the final in back-to-back years prior to her pregnancy-related absence in 2017.

Williams, who has a kind run through to the semi-finals, will next take on Camila Giorgi of Italy.

"If you serve under a certain speed, she's just going to expose that constantly and [gain] so much confidence, that it's pointless to do so", the now retired Bartoli recalled Tuesday, when asked how she had managed to upset Williams, then the tournament's four-time and defending champion, in straight sets.

"You're only as good as your last win". As you have already guessed, it's Wimbledon time.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year.

All of those wins came in straight sets, with her last victory coming in the round of 128 at the 2016 Australian Open.

Ostapenko played her usual aggressive style, compiling a 33-6 edge in winners.

This is unchartered territory for 29-year-old Goerges.

The odds are stacked against Anderson who will be playing in his first last-eight match at the All England Club while Federer is in his 16th.

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