Kerber ahead in 2nd set; Ostapenko leads 1-0

Serena Williams Alexis Olympia First Steps Wimbledon

Serena Williams Alexis Olympia First Steps Wimbledon

"I'm ok, I feel good, I feel like I did better today, I had to".

"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added. Hopefully, I can get there.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents. Despite the two-year gap since their previous meeting, Williams professed to having watched 52nd-ranked Giorgi play "a lot".

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon.

She probably should have done her homework on Williams, who crushed the upset-minded Italian after dropping the first set.

"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought".

There were no signs of stage-fright from Giorgi in her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she took the first set.

Federer, who plays Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final of the Wimbledon is on course for a ninth title at the iconic All England Club was invited by Tendulkar to exchange notes about cricket after he wins his ninth crown.

After five consecutive first-round defeats at Wimbledon, Julia Goerges is now one win from the final, though standing in her way in the formidable Serena Williams.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's erratic serving and errors to return to the last four.

Serena Williams survived a major scare before sealing her 11th Wimbledon semifinal appearance, while Angelique Kerber remains the seven-time champion's main title rival after the German joined her in the last four on Tuesday.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

Rare is the player who can produce Williams' sort of pace on serves - Giorgi's average speeds were actually faster on first and second serves, and she delivered the match's first three aces - and mirror her power in groundstroke exchanges at the baseline.

Serena steadied from there though, breaking serve for the first time and then going on to level the match.

Runner-up at The All England Club two years ago, as well as winning the 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns, Kerber looks on a mission to atone for a disappointing season in the slams in 2017.

But, hitting her serve with more ferocity, Serena wrestled back control of the match with a crucial break in the fourth game of the second set.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour. She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

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