Serena Williams surprised with Wimbledon semi-final appearance

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"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years.

Sometimes I feel I am in trouble.

A volley victor finally got Pliskova on the board, but a forehand inches long, confirmed by a challenge, set up match point for the 20th seed, her own forehand called good on a second consecutive challenge to wrap up a spot in the final eight.

"It was just the way I felt". But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision. It's weird. I can't describe it.

"But for whatever reason I was so calm".

Surprisingly, the Czech faced another break point in the fifth game, but this time, some deep hitting off of the forehand wing produced an error from Bertens and she dug out a hold to remain just one break down. "I don't know why all the seeds are gone". Honestly, I highly doubt it.

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Williams revealed she does not want her daughter to follow in her footsteps. As Serena waved her hands to four points of the stadium in jubilant celebration, Camila Giorgi departed the arena in a hurry.

Ostapenko took one hour and 18 minutes to move a step closer to winning her second Grand Slam title, having won the 2017 French Open. She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set. "It was a good win but it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest".

"Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise, to be here, to be in the semi-finals", she said. "I'm always striving for perfection".

Jelena Ostapenko earlier on Monday ended Aliaksandra Sasnovich's giant-killing campaign to be the first woman through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run. Pliskova had been the only female player in the top 10 to reach the fourth round, the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era following a slew of upsets in the first week. The same "stay tuned" premise applies to every time Williams heads into a match, given they are rarely anything other than a privilege to watch. I played some great matches, and these games will help me for the rest of the year.

It is the first time in Wimbledon history not one of the top 10 women's seeds have reached the quarter-finals. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

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Serena, seeded 25th, was facing a fellow mother in Rodina, the world number 120 who calls the American her "idol".

The 21-year-old is the only female player yet to drop a set in this year's tournament.

"I don't have many words today to describe the moment I'm going through right now. It's now all gone", Ostapenko said.

"I'm just here just to be here and to prove that I'm back. It's so much fun".

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