Serena sets sights on eighth Wimbledon title

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates winning the fourth round match against Taiwan's Su Wei Hsieh. Andrew Couldridge Reuters

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

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time".

But as she has done at each stage here, in just her fourth tournament back since maternity leave, Williams elevated her play. Hopefully, I can get there.

However, Williams lifted her intensity to level, before closing out the match to move a step closer to reclaiming the title she won in 2016.

This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child.

That is going to change now.

Williams faces German 13th seed Julia Gorges in Thursday's semi-finals.

This is all brand new for Goerges, who had never even been to a Grand Slam quarter-final before this week. And if anyone but Williams wins, it would be their first Wimbledon title.

Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time.

'It really comes down to me, as I said, doing my best to treat it like another tennis match, and really trusting each and every process I've got; my routines in between points, getting ready for the match.

Kevin Anderson insists he is a "very risky player" who can "trouble" defending champion Roger Federer in their Wimbledon quarter-final showdown.


Even when Serena was on the brink of losing the set, she managed to hit a 122 miles per hour serve, her fastest of the tournament. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets.

(11) A Kerber d.

(12) J Ostapenko d.

Ostapenko struggled with the pressure of defending her maiden Grand Slam title, losing in the first round of the recent French Open. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

Goerges had to do it the hard way after coming from a set down against the Dutch No.20 seed to win 3-6 7-5 6-1 and set up a showdown with the formidable Serena Williams.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

The Argentine was in danger of being dragged into a fifth set when he squandered four match points, one with a double-fault, at 5-4 having hit back from 1-3 down.

Ostapenko played her usual aggressive style, compiling a 33-6 edge in winners.

Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarterfinal clash against Rafael Nadal when he downed Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5).

Williams advanced with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday.

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