Wimbledon 2018 -- Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Dominika Cibulkova

However, when Williams stepped up a notch in the second set Giorgi found it hard to keep pace with her.

After four routine service games, Bertens, making her seventh appearance at the All England Club, was forced to dig deep to hold and produced when it mattered.

"After the first set, I said "okay let's go three sets", I just kept fighting".

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said. Sure, there weren't a lot of long points, so maybe that's why I wasn't out of breath.

Williams is the first woman since 2013 to reach a Grand Slam semi-final without facing a top-40 ranked opponent.

But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon previous year, found some fight and capitalised on a loose game by Bertens that allowed her to break back and level the set at 4-4. She was the lone top-10 women's seed still around at this upset-filled tournament, and now she's also gone.

The top ten seeds have been eliminated from the women's singles, leaving the double grand-slam victor from Germany as highest-ranked survivor.

Goerges advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens.

Kerber and Ostapenko have never clashed before but the showdown ensures a grand slam champion will make the final.

This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child.

And US pop star Justin Timberlake could not resist the chance to see Serena take to her Centre Court stage for the Giorgi match either, given he has been in London for a pair of shows at The O2.

In the semi-finals on Thursday, Williams will face first-timer Julia Goerges while Angelique Kerber meets last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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The All England Club seeded her there as a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered, in 2015 and 2016.

"It's still one more match to go for both of us". This is all where I put my focus on right now, not the results I had before'.

Williams took the set in convincing fashion, 6-3, and yelled her trademark, "Come on!" as she clinched the final point.

Ostapenko is the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal as the former French Open champion beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4.

Kerber beat Kasatkina on grass at Eastbourne two weeks ago and again she was in control, finishing off the first set easily before landing an early break in the second.

"To really share this feeling with her, with a nation, I think that's something which is pretty special". From a set down, the American reined in Camila Giorgi and won in three.

Juan Martin del Potro had to fight hard to beat France's Gilles Simon.

On Wednesday, del Potro faces Rafael Nadal.

However, another double fault, met with groans around Centre Court, handed another break to Kerber who served out for the opening set and then broke early in the second.

She served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken.

"You feel you get a little bit tight, especially if you have your third or fourth match point again".

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