Insider Takeaway: Wimbledon semis set after quarterfinal dramatics

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

"I think when they play Serena, they try to play their game, but they're just not good enough", Navratilova said.

'I'm definitely going to have to look at it the right way, ' he added.

"No. Just to be clear, that was just today".

"It was great matches", Giorgi said in her postmatch news conference. "Honestly, I highly doubt it".

Giorgi appeared a bit salty - maybe that's her normal demeanor - as she shook hands with Williams at the net after the match and quickly grabbed her bag and walked off the court.

Germany´s Angelique Kerber, seeded 11th, is the top ranked player remaining.

Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets.

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, the last of the top-10 women, lost 6-3, 7-6 (1) to Kiki Bertens. 11, 12 and 13 are still around. Coming into the tournament seeded 25, Williams has returned to form in spectacular fashion.

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Three years younger, three inches shorter and far less powerful, Marion Bartoli knew she had to do something extraordinary to have a chance against Serena Williams in their fourth-round meeting at Wimbledon in 2011.

By that point it was obvious Giorgi was struggling to cope with Williams' jump in intensity and it did not take the tournament favorite long to strike in the third. "The "1" part does, but not the '5'". She's a very tough opponent on the grass.

Shrieking and clenching her fists after every key point that went her way, Serena let out a gutteral "C'mon" once she wrapped up the set.

She served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken. On Tuesday, she received that test, and she passed it with flying colours.

Later, Serena Williams resumed her quest for an eighth Wimbledon title when she played 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy.

But Giorgi plays with nary a trace of subtlety and more than a bit of abandon, taking risky, flat chops at the ball with serves, returns, forehands and backhands.

The ICC shared an image of the Test rankings for batsmen which showed the 20-time Grand Slam victor as the number one batsman in the world.

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