Bertens will play 13th seed Julia Goerges for a place in the semi-finals after the German beat Croatia's Donna Vekic. Angelique Kerber of Germany prevailed over Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6/3; 7/5. Things will be expected to be more straightforward for Williams, even though Goerges will enter the match in a winning mood. Similar to the first set, Goerges lost serve in the sixth game with a drop shot that fell into the net.
Williams broke in the second game of the match, then roared loudly when she saved a break point in the seventh before a double fault from Rodina handed her the first set. Serena was behind 0-30 but leveled to take the third game.
"I hate losing. That's no secret", the 23-times major victor said after digging deep to deny Camila Giorgi a famous victory with a rousing 3-6 6-3 6-4 quarter-final comeback win over the unseeded Italian. Camila served brilliantly to reduce the tally but the Serena's unrelenting attack sustained the gap to 5-3.
This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.
The decision has been criticised by some, who believe the reigning champion should play on Centre Court, but Murray understands the move. As Serena waved her hands to four points of the stadium in jubilant celebration, Camila Giorgi departed the arena in a hurry.
And the first Latvian woman to make the Wimbledon semi-finals was paying the price for more rash mistakes as the match slipped away. Germany's Angelique Kerber was dominant in her battle against Daria Kasatkina the 14th seeded lady. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4. The second set, was prolonged but the former Champion came through 7/5 after 1 hour and 29 minutes.
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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).
"I don't care who I am playing against".
At 181st in the world, Williams, who gave birth to her daughter 10 months ago, is the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final.
Giorgi, when asked going into the match against Williams whether she would watch her opponent on tape, responded, "I don't follow tennis, women's tennis".
That prediction has held true so far, as the holder of 23 Grand Slam titles chases her eighth Wimbledon Tray, in her quest of another trophy for the record books.