Kerber, Ostapenko reach Wimbledon semis

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015

"I'm going to go out there and just do what I can, do my best, see what happens". "She took her first steps", she wrote on Twitter.

On Monday, Williams and Isner advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, leaving them as the only American singles players who could still be in the tournament when Trump's visit to the United Kingdom begins Thursday.

After sweeping aside Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, Williams, 36, had an ominous warning for her rivals.

The world number 20 was much more nimble than her opponent and broke straight back to lead 4-3, then sealed the set with a break to love when Pliskova netted a forehand under pressure.

"I think everything right now is a little bit of a surprise". So it's really cool. "I play a great level today", she said.

Bertens will meet German 13th seed Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2.

Williams won Wimbledon on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's event due to her pregnancy. This time around focus was on whether Williams would be seeded (she was) and where she would land up in the draw.

With all top 10 women's seeds now out of the championships, Williams is hot favourite to win an eighth title at the All England Club.

With Angelique Kerber also having made the last four, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1931. "It's an honour to share the court with her", Goerges said after booking her last-four spot.

Marking the occasion, Williams wore an all-white Nike dress with long sleeves and a flounce skirt, which she paired with white court shoes by the same brand and compression legwear. It's the first time making it to the final eight at any major for Giorgi and Goerges.

Cibulkova will face Jelena Ostapenko after the Latvian, last year's French Open victor, beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-7 (7/4) 6-0.

While there has been a sense of inevitability about Williams' march through the rounds, dropping just one set on her way and yet to face a top-50 player, Gorges says it is "unreal" for her to be into her first Grand Slam semi-final. She was hitting the ball well.

The 12th seed will face Dominika Cibulkova next after the Slovakian continued her defiant run with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Su-Wei Hseih.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour.

Cibulkova took the set and the incident seemed to effect Hsieh, who was beaten 6-4 6-1.

He eventually finished off the world No.53 in the third tiebreak to move into his second Wimbledon quarter-final where twice champion Nadal is waiting. Giorgi reduced the tally but the set proceeded with serve to end 6-3 for Serena. It is the first set that Ostapenko has dropped in this tournament.

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