Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Asked what she likes the most about the way Williams plays, Giorgi responded: "I don't follow tennis".

Williams' seemingly inevitable march to the final of a women's singles tournament in which none of the top 10 seeds remain continued against Evgeniya Rodina as she eased into the quarterfinals, but the seven-time Wimbledon champion needed to use much more of her reserves against Giorgi.

"It's speed and placement", Rodina said about what makes Williams' serve so effective.

The American superstar advanced as no top-10 women made the quarter-finals in 50 years of professional tennis following the fourth-round elimination of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova.

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Ostapenko, the 12th seed, overpowered Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's final four for the first time, and without dropping a set.

"I don't know what I did", Williams said in a post-game press conference. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years. "Every time I play Giorgi, she always plays that level, but she plays like that against everybody".

Both two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber and 21-year-old Kasatkina reached the quarterfinals at last month's French Open.

Ultimately, Williams found a way to win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, but Giorgi gave her all she could handle. She had never even got to the quarter-finals of a major tournament before, let alone the semi-finals.

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Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener.

Giorgi, who chose to serve first, bounced around like a dancer on the baseline and used her fast hands to whip winners behind her serve.

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

Williams will feature in her 11th Wimbledon semi-final in the hunt for her eighth championship at SW19, and Julia Goerges will be her opponent on Thursday, having defeated Kiki Bertens 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start.

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"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be". "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

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