Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Ladies' final

Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon Ladies' final

Germany's Julia Goerges apologised after beating close friend Kiki Bertens to progress to the first semi-final of her career at Wimbledon.

"Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise", Williams said. "To be here. To be in the semifinals". 'I don't know what to say right now. But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'. "But I feel like every time I lose, I get better", she said.

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, "Man, I'm in trouble".

"I'm just enjoying the moment".

An ace took her to 4-0 and there was no coming back for Pliskova.

"But I'm going to prepare well for it, going to be probably long rallies".

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

For the first time in the tournament the 36-year-old was seriously challenged as unseeded Giorgi fought fire with fire to claim the first set on Centre Court.

Williams never was anxious about losing.

Serena hasn't won a Grand Slam since the birth of daughter Olympia in September and her last trophy came at the 2017 Australian Open. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

Giorgi will break back into the top 50 thanks to her best-ever run at Wimbledon, where she has only once previously made the second week, back in 2012.

She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major. "'I'll just keep fighting", Williams said.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's erratic serving and errors to return to the last four.

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Rebounding from her shock first-round elimination in her Roland Garros title defence, Ostapenko has marched through the Wimbledon draw without dropping a set.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

She served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken.

Nine-time Wimbledon champion and BBC pundit Martina Navratilova said: "She's been healthy here, hitting the ball hard and the seas have parted for her".

She has bounced back in 2018, winning more than 75 percent of her matches and a title while racking up 10 wins vs. top-20 players.

But that lifted a weight off her shoulders at the All England Club, where she has become the first Latvian to make a Wimbledon semi-final.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year.

Having dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, former junior Wimbledon victor Ostapenko was broken again in the second game of the second set as Kerber stepped up the pressure.

The American star faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges on Thursday hoping to book a 10th final appearance at the All England Club.

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds. "These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid".

Williams, relieved, stood on the baseline, smiling and fist-pumping, before meeting Goerges for handshakes at the net.

Following Pliskova's exit, No. 11 Angelique Kerber is the highest remaining seed in the women's draw. The last time two German women reached any Grand Slam semifinals was at the 1993 French Open, featuring Steffi Graf and Anke Huber.

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