Wimbledon: Serena Williams advances as top ten fall

Arnold Nichols
July 11, 2018

Bertens followed her shock third round success against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams by claiming the scalp of Czech seventh seed Pliskova.

Seven-time champion Williams has won all three of her meetings with first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Camila Giorgi, with the most recent coming in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open.

She gave birth to daughter Olympia in September.

Giorgi went into the match having served the most double faults in the tournament and duly committed one in the first game, but recovered her composure to save it with a scintillating cross-court forehand.

After a series of upsets in the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon, all of the top-10 seeds from the women's draw have been eliminated.

Goerges, seeded 13th, will tackle American Williams as the tournament's top server, having racked up 44 aces so far at these Championships.

Having missed Wimbledon previous year while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.

"I think it's a big challenge, especially with Ostapenko where I never played against her".

You could understand the 13th seed's bewilderment, after she came from a set down against Kiki Bertens to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-1. I feel god, I feel like I did better today, I had to. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years.

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon. "After the first set, I just said, 'Let's go three sets.' I just kept fighting".

The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left.

"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added.

Julia Goerges dropped her racket and froze temporarily on No1 Court at the magnitude of reaching her first grand slam semi-final.

Del Potro led 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, after play was suspended in his fourth-round clash against Simon on Monday, and the Argentinean took little time in rounding off a hard-fought triumph after resuming on Tuesday.

Del Potro will face two-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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