Serena Williams extends Wimbledon winning run to make quarters

Serena Williams extends Wimbledon winning run to make quarters

It was the first time she'd needed to erase a real deficit this fortnight: Williams hadn't dropped a set until facing Giorgi, who was in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

She next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.

Ominiously for the other seven women left in the draw, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who missed Wimbledon past year but won the title on her previous two visits, insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.

That put Giorgi 5-2 ahead, owing to her earlier break of serve, and gave her the impetus to win the set - the first that Williams had lost in this tournament.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, the highest-seeded woman remaining at No. 7, plays Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

The 36-year-old faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.

Williams won Wimbledon on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's event due to her pregnancy.

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The Canadian rapper, 31, couldn't help but smile as he showed up to another of the icon's grand slam tennis matches, with the star vying for her 24th single Grand Slam title, and her first since welcoming baby daughter Alexis in September.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis".

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

Williams, however, lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own. However, she took a big step back in 2017, going 1-12 against WTA top-20 players and failing to win a singles title. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

"For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that". I feel god, I feel like I did better today, I had to.

"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. Ostapenko started slowly in her 7-5, 6-4 win over Cibulkova, while Kerber suffered four breaks against Kasatkina-three of which came in succession at the close of the second set.

Also, Juan Martin del Potro became the last man into the quarterfinals by beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

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