Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Williams, Federer reach quarterfinals at Wimbledon

Williams, Federer reach quarterfinals at Wimbledon

All remaining men's and women's singles title challengers are in action, with a Centre Court lineup that includes Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

Serena Williams returns a shot to Evgeniya Rodina.

All 10 of the top women's seeds suffered shock defeats in the opening four rounds for the first time in the Open Era.

The 36-year-old williams will face Julia Goerges in the semifinals on Thursday. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said.

Williams won Wimbledon on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's event due to her pregnancy.

Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180.

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The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. An unusual forehand error at 15-30 made the difference for Williams as Giorgi broke to move 4-2 up. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.

Rodina left the court for a few minutes at the end of the first set but when she returned Williams continued her domination with an early break in the second. "I'm here just to prove that I'm back, and I feel like I'm back".

It took Mannarino so much toil and trouble to win one game, saving four break points to hold to begin the second set.

"I didn't expect it, honestly", said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years.

Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor.

The worst news for her next opponent, Italy's Camila Giorgi, is that Serena believes there is more to come. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start.

Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

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