Williams, Federer reach quarterfinals at Wimbledon

Mae Harvey
July 11, 2018

Serena Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes on Monday.

The women's quarter-finals took the spotlight at Wimbledon 2018 on Tuesday, and Serena Williams was the most notable name to move into the last four after she hit back from behind to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4.

World No 52 Giorgi blasted 20 winners and really took it to Williams, taking the first set thanks to one break, in the sixth game.

Bertens was unable to follow her shock wins against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova earlier in the tournament.

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.

Her next opponent will either be 13th seed Julia Görges, from German, or Croatian Donna Vekic. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets.

Having shaken off the rust following her lenghthy lay-off after the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, she is rounding nicely into form for the business end of the tournament.

Against the other two players in the semifinals, Williams has never played No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko and has won six of her eight matches against Angelique Kerber, the No. 11 seed.

Serena Williams has survived another day of Wimbledon carnage to edge ever closer to a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown.

"The seas have parted for her", nine-times champion Martina Navratilova said from the BBC's courtside bunker. "I'm just pleased with my game today".

Once Williams had figured out how to break the Giorgi serve, though, in the fourth game of the second set, the momentum changed. "But I feel like I'm back". "This is only my fourth tournament back", she said.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

Serena Williams is rightfully, shamelessly confident, which she not only exudes but will also vocalize if asked.

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).

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