Williams back in Wimbledon semi-finals

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Serena Williams has survived another day of Wimbledon carnage to edge ever closer to a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown.

Bidding for an eighth championship at the All England Club, Williams will be back on court Tuesday, but she is seeded only 25th, and that actually represents a big bump up from her ranking of No. 181.

Coming into the tournament seeded 25, Williams has returned to form in spectacular fashion.

Not one top-10 seed has made the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said.

There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 miles per hour service victor to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, "Cooome ooon!"

Anderson, Isner and Nishikori all reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month.

Contesting just her fourth tournament after taking more than a year out of tennis for the birth of her first child, the 181st-ranked Williams will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges for a place in Saturday's (Sunday NZT) final.

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On Wednesday, Federer will play No. 8 Kevin Anderson, a South African who was the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Gael Monfils.

Pliskova, at seven, was the highest seed to reach the fourth round after an extraordinary first week of upsets but her hopes of further progress evaporated on a stiflingly hot Court Two.

When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last.

"I didn't expect it, honestly", said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years.

Serena Williams recaps her battling win over Italy's Camila Giorgi to advance to the semifinals of Wimbledon. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

Goerges came back in her match, too, defeating Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in her first grand slam quarterfinal at about the same time Williams' match ended. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

Del Potro trails world number one Nadal 10-5 in career meetings.

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