Triumphant in her two previous Wimbledon tilts in 2015 and 2016, Williams's victory also extended her winning streak on the London grass to 19 matches. He was able to tread water until 5-all, when Federer returned a 123 miles per hour serve, quickly gained control of a baseline exchange, then hopped and screamed, "Come on!" as a backhand flew long for the break. "But it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest". To be here. To be in the semifinals. "I always play everyone at their greatest, so I have to be greater".
So what if she's still getting her game in gear?
Whereas Rodina seemed overawed by facing Williams on Centre Court in the fourth round, such nerves were not apparent in Giorgi, who benefited from a poor line call to go a break up.
Despite this, and how it looked from the outside, Williams claimed she was never in any doubt that she would emerge victorious.
The other matchup on the top half of the draw is No. 9 John Isner against No. 13 Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the 2016 semifinals before losing in the final. "But yeah, every single match I play, whether I'm coming back from a baby, or surgery, it doesn't matter, because these young ladies bring a game that I've never seen before ..."
"I'm not looking left or right".
"No. Just to be clear, that was just today".
She has won 19 straight matches at the All England Club and will appear in her 11th semifinal.
But the American's formidable record could not dampen Goerges' jubilation on Tuesday because as she admitted: "After five years of first round losses, I have grown a lot".
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Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year.
Goerges had failed to make it past the fourth round of any major before this tournament, and her best Wimbledon finishes were third-round appearances in 2010 and 2011.
For the first time in the tournament, the 36-year-old was seriously challenged as unseeded Giorgi, playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, fought fire with fire to claim the opening set on Centre Court.
That is going to change now. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes. Serena Williams, 51? Eh, it doesn't have that same ring to it. Bertens is seeded 20th.
"I think the match starts from zero". "I'm just here just to be here and to prove that I'm back".
She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title.
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.
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