Wimbledon 2018 -- Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Wimbledon 2018 -- Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Seven-times champion Serena Williams prevailed in a Centre Court mothers' meeting on Monday, roaring past Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina into the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion dropped her first set of the championships but came through 3-6 6-3 6-4. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180.

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Goerges turned out to be an unstoppable force as she won eight of the last nine games to subdue her friend, whose lunging effort on match point rolled into the bottom of the net.

"Every time I play Giorgi she always plays that level so I knew going in it would not be an easy match", Williams, who will face German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals, said shortly after walking off the court.

The fifth-seeded del Potro failed to convert four match points when serving at 5-4 in the fourth set, but maintained his composure to close out the contest with his first opportunity in the tiebreaker that followed.

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Williams had made a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Olympia's birth, struggling in her few appearances before pulling out midway through the recent French Open with a pectoral injury.

She is now two wins away from her eighth Wimbledon trophy and from tying Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam titles in history at 24. Even you're returning on the line, under her legs, she can go for a victor, it's insane. "'I'll just keep fighting", Williams said. At 6-1 Bertens thought she had over-cooked a forehand swing volley but after Pliskova challenged the call the Hawkeye screen showed it had clipped the baseline. And I feel like I'm back.

It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

"This is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this".

The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals.

Pliskova crashed to a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) to big-hitting Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, leaving world No.11 Angelique Kerber as the highest-ranked player left in the wide open draw. "But when I come here, I come here thinking that I can do a good result, no?"

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