Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

Jelena Ostapenko beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in straight sets

Jelena Ostapenko beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in straight sets

And thankfully, a number of women, famous and everyday, stepped up to show the star some support and encouragement for feeling she missed out on a major milestone in her daughter's life.

"It's speed and placement", Rodina said about what makes Williams' serve so effective. Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men's or women's side, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, the last of the top-10 women, lost 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Kiki Bertens.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final. "After the first set, I just said, 'Let's go three sets.' I just kept fighting. We've played so many tough matches", Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.

It is the third time Kerber has reached the last four at Wimbledon, where she was runner-up in 2016. Also still in the running is No. 12 seed, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals.

After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed a year ago, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.

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She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title. The American's overall record in this round is 29-5, and her only loss in the final four of The Championships was to Venus Williams in 2000, by 6-2, 7-6 (3). She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

They traded breaks early in both sets before Ostapenko broke decisively for a 3-2 lead in the second when Cibulkova sent a forehand long.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.

She gained the first two break points in the sixthh game, Serena saved the first with a massive second serve to Giorgi's body but the No.52 found depth and power to force the No.25 seed in defence.

"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all". "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". Argentinean del Potro was up two sets to one when bad light stopped play on Monday evening.

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