Wimbledon 2018 results: Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko advance to semifinals

Wimbledon 2018 results: Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko advance to semifinals

Wimbledon 2018 results: Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko advance to semifinals

Kerber, who spent 34 weeks at world number one in 2016 and 2017, could be set for a rematch with Williams if the seven-time champion can get past Julia Goerges in the second semi-final. "I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

"I still have a long way to go to be where I was".

Cibulkova will now face Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko, a former French Open champion, for a place in the semi-finals.

Williams has contested 35 slam semi-finals compared to just 10 for her three rivals combined.

Her path to the title has been wide open from early in the tournament as Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens have all been eliminated.

Serena Williams was in trouble for the first time in the championships and had the tools to free herself.

Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarter-finals.

Kerber, runner-up at the All England Club during a 2016 season in which she claimed both of her major titles, eventually ended the Russian's resistance after she saved six match points.

"It depends, if I have respect and I saw what that coach did before then I have respect straightaway and I listen to everything he says but if I see that things aren't really working so well then I'm doubting, and maybe I listen but inside I have this feeling that it's not working and like I don't need to listen to it probably", she says with a smile. That being said, Ostapenko knows that she will be getting in the mileage on Thursday.

She is the first Latvian women to have achieved this feat.

The other semifinal sees two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber take on 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko. "But whatever happens it's a great moment for me and incredible motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Serena added. "So I just started to play better". "We've played so many tough matches", Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.

Dominika Cibulkova reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third time but made few friends around Court 18 as she beat Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in controversial circumstances on Monday.

Indeed she was one of only five players in WTA history to have multiple wins over world No1s before her 21st birthday.

A mixture of sizzling winners and forced errors gave her a break to lead 4-2 and then, after saving four break-back points in the next game, she served the first set out. "I'm fighting until the end and I'm gaining more confidence".

Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarter-final 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) on Tuesday.

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.

Del Potro looked flat as he was broken to trail 3-1 but he clawed his way back to lead 5-4 with his serve to come. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

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