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Vote for your Wimbledon women's victor as Serena Williams targets eighth title

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates winning the fourth round match against Taiwan's Su Wei Hsieh. Andrew Couldridge Reuters Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates winning the fourth round match against Taiwan's Su Wei Hsieh. Andrew Couldridge Reuters
Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 13:55

"I don't care who I am playing against". I feel god, I feel like I did better today, I had to. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this. "I have a long way to go".

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

That is going to change now.

After five consecutive first-round defeats at Wimbledon, Julia Goerges is now one win from the final, though standing in her way in the formidable Serena Williams. It also means she now has 90 Wimbledon wins, the most amongst active female players and she has not dropped a set yet in this tournament. As she figured, she would lose the point anyway if she gifted Williams a weak second-serve. "I want to play a attractive match, be consistent and play my tennis", said Giorgi.

"I just want to be more of that role model for my daughter, for lots of people out there that just want to be inspired".

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

She steadied herself, though, and had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon two years ago.

Told she is guaranteed of rising to 51st next week - and higher if she reaches the final or wins the championship - Williams joked: "Got to keep trekking on, though".

She glanced at the monitor that displays service speeds.

Williams, for the first time since her comeback, appears to have her body and mind aligned to take that next step.

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

Williams conceded four games in the entire match as she cruised past Rodina, who was simply unable to compete with the American.

Goerges had failed to make it past the fourth round of any major before this tournament, and her best Wimbledon finishes were third-round appearances in 2010 and 2011.

On Monday, the 36-year-old needed just 62 minutes to dispatch qualifier (and fellow mom) Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-2.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.