Wimbledon: Serena Williams advances as top ten fall

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

I feel god, I feel like I did better today, I had to.

"I went for it", Williams said of the serve afterward.

"I would try to give her shots that she doesn't like: the slice, the little dink", said Navratilova, 61. But this is only my fourth tournament back (so) I don't feel pressure, I don't feel like I have to win this. "I feel like I'm back, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I was".

The All England Club seeded her there as a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered, in 2015 and 2016.

Williams missed last year's Wimbledon as she was pregnant with her first child.

That is going to change now.

Julia Goerges dropped her racket and froze temporarily on No1 Court at the magnitude of reaching her first grand slam semi-final.

On Tuesday, the 23-time Grand Slam champion beat out Giorgi, 26, in the quarterfinals.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack.

On Tuesday, trailing the surprisingly hard-serving Giorgi by a set, Williams fired a 122-mph serve (her fastest all tournament) to start the second set, as if to declare she had no intention of being bounced from Wimbledon just yet.

The way she is striking the ball and moving in her second Grand Slam back after childbirth she would arguably be favourite for the title even with the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep still in contention. Williams hasn't lost a set against Goerges in three previous matches, including a victory last month at the French Open (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 32.

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

The first set was a bit of a joke from Mannarino who looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights but Roger played so cleanly, barely making any unforced errors and just jumping all over anything short from the Frenchman who had no answers.

The highest seed left in the draw is Görges global teammate, Angelique Kerber.

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal.

Angelique Kerber clinched her third appearance in the Wimbledon semi-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.

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.

In the men's draw, Juan Martin del Potro completed a hard-fought fourth-round win over Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5). And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.