Serena Williams assesses Wimbledon chances after reaching quarter-finals

Dominic Inglot

The Dutchwoman's 6-3 7-6 (1) win means that for the first time since seedings were introduced at Wimbledon in 1927 none of the top eight in the women's draw made the quarter-finals. "I'm telling myself, 'Why didn't I break the first game of the second?'"

"I don't think this has happened to this extreme".

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is yet to be truly tested at the All England Club, and won 6-2 6-2 in confident fashion against world No. 120 Evgeniya Rodina.

Williams continues her quest for an eighth title later against Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, with the victor to meet Italian Camila Giorgi, who advanced to her maiden grand slam quarter-final with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Ekaterina Makarova. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes. I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care'.

Of ther other quarter-finalists, only Kerber and former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko have won Grand Slams. Williams faces Italy's Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the All England Club.

Pliskova lost to Kiki Bertens of Netherlands, the No. 20 seed, in straight sets.

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Next up for Kerber is Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, who took out Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-2. I'm just like an artist and I'm playing with the heart, yeah. "I'm just going for the shots". "These are the matches we work so hard for, me and my whole team". The only fourth-round match that wasn't completed on Monday - fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro against Frenchman Gilles Simon - will also be played to a finish.

In the men's tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.

If Isner is ever going to get close to that scoreline again it may be in the last eight on Wednesday, when he faces another ace machine in 6ft 5in Milos Raonic, who saw off American Mackenzie McDonald in four sets.

For Nadal, this marks a return.

"It's true, it has been a while", Nadal said. "I could be a good mental coach".

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