Wimbledon glance: Serena Williams excited for quarters

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals.

With Kerber also advancing, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semifinals since 1931.

"After five years of first-round losses here, I think I've grown a lot to get to the semi-finals. Now that I'm not, it kind of happened".

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.

Olympia has begun to walk but Williams revealed she does not want her daughter to follow in her footsteps.

Li is 36 and a mother like Williams but Asia's greatest-ever player quit the tour four years ago and now concentrates on bringing up her young family in Beijing. "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back to where I was, and hopefully go beyond that".

That might sound a tad scary to opponents.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run. However, the 13th seed has proved she knows how to win a close match.

Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game. "To be here, to be in the semi-finals", Williams said. After the review confirmed the ball landed on the line, umpire Juan Zhang of China awarded the point to Cibulkova. The Latvian hits the net again and Kerber takes a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Today, Williams defeated Russia's Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 to make it to the quarterfinals, where she will face Italy's Camila Giorgi.

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Ostapenko's winning streak is intimidating, but Kerber can feel confident after refining her own game. She missed previous year because of her pregnancy but is on an 18-match winning run at the All England Club.

Another potential obstacle in her path to the final was cleared when Karolina Pliskova crashed out.

Also, the last of the women's top-10 seeds was knocked out at Wimbledon.

Angelique Kerber reached her third Wimbledon semifinal after converting her seventh match point to beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday, setting up a meeting with former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Ernests Gulbis in four sets to set up a match-up with Novak Djokovic, who has quietly been playing well at the tournament.

In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time.

She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major.

Predictably, Pliskova was asked why there have been so many surprises.

Her answer blew me away.

"Maybe I'll tweet at him if I win on Wednesday", Isner said.

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