Serena Williams steers clear of danger after Italian threatens Wimbledon upset

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

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.

Rodina left the court for a few minutes at the end of the first set but when she returned Williams continued her domination with an early break in the second. I didn't think that was ever going to happen. So it's really cool.

"It is a great opportunity to play Serena here where she has won so many times and is a great champion".

Bertens is set to take on world No 13 Julia Goerges of Germany, who beat world No 55 Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2.

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

But, to the relief of Rena's Army, Williams came back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, making the semifinals of just her second Slam back from maternity leave.

Pliskova, the seventh seed from the Czech Republic, was the only player from the top 10 in the women's draw to make it into the second week.

For the first time in Grand Slam history, not a single top-10 seed player in the women's Open era has made it to the quarterfinals.

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon.

This isn't the first time the Toronto-bred rapper has been seen supporting Williams. "I knew that after the first set I was like alright, lets go three sets". She was hitting the ball well.

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble.' Sometimes I feel, 'I can fight.' For whatever reason, today I was so calm", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings as a precaution after a blood-clot scare following her daughter's birth.

It also proved beyond doubt that she is the one to beat in the women's draw, even if she is struggles to believe it.

The 12th seed, Jelena Ostapenko prevailed over world number 33, Dominika Cibulkova 7/5; 6/4.

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.

Having to play opponents at their best has forced her to take her game to even higher levels. You can't plan for them anyway because one point can change the outcome of a set. She took the first set off Serena, 6-3. The 36-year-old rallied to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. It is the first set that Ostapenko has dropped in this tournament. Del Potro led 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7 when play was suspended because of darkness.

Having missed Wimbledon past 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.

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