Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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None of the top eight women's seeds have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since seedings were introduced in 1927 - although Williams' 25th seeding is misleading.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy. "To be here. To be in the semifinals".

"It wasn't any surprise I just kept fighting". But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision.

"I'm equally happy if I would have won all the matches in four sets".

"I feel like I'm back but I still have a long way to go to get back to where I was".

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.

Serena Williams will face Julia Goerges in the semi-final of the women's bracket at Wimbledon 2018 on Thursday, the same day Angelique Kerber will meet Jelena Ostapenko in the last four.

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World No 52 Giorgi blasted 20 winners and really took it to Williams, taking the first set thanks to one break, in the sixth game.

Williams never was anxious about losing. "This is only my fourth tournament back", said Serena Williams, who has won all three of her previous meetings with Giorgi. "I knew that after the first set I was like alright, lets go three sets". "I'm doing a lot of the right things". "That is where I put my focus on right now, not about the results I had before". "I'm a perfectionist, I always find something", the 36-year-old responded when asked about her near-flawless display.

The highest seed left in the draw is Görges worldwide teammate, Angelique Kerber. She was the runner-up at the All England Club in 2016 and a semifinalist in 2012.

But with the top 10 seeds having all been knocked out, Williams is hot favourite to be crowned champion yet again on Saturday. The number 11 seed overcame a determined Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-6 and, like Görges, will fancy her chances at upsetting Williams' charge to the title.

On her own serve Rodina was tossed about the court like a rag doll. She roared back to win the final two sets 6-3 and 6-4.

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

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon. Kerber 2-0 in the second set.

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She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova's six, but also doubling her opponent's unforced-error count.

Goerges had gone out in the first round at Wimbledon for the past five years.

In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.

"I was expecting a close match".

With no top-10 seeds making the quarterfinals for the first time in Wimbledon history, 11th-seeded Kerber is the highest-ranked player left in the hunt for the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Williams was forced to withdraw from the fourth round of the French Open last month in her grand slam return with a pectoral injury and admitted last week she still wasn't serving at full power.

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