Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber reaches second final in three years

Dominika Cibulkova

"I'm happy to be in the second week, quarter-finals and now the semi-finals".

Serena Williams came from behind to overcome Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a tight quarter-final clash on Tuesday, as her bid for an eighth Wimbledon title gained momentum.

Cibulkova did her best to hang on but was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand victor on her first match point to become the only woman to reach the semis without dropping a set in this year's tournament.

After all the kerfuffle of the seeding, the scrappiness and fight from Dominika Cibulkova finally petered out at the hands of Ostapenko who is hitting free having unencumbered herself from the burden of defending a Slam title in the first round of the French Open this time around.

Jelena Ostapenko fired a truckload of winners against the Slovakian in the women's quarterfinal, taking her down in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 on Court No. 1 at the All England Tennis Club in London.

"No, I understand. You know, she's a fighter. I'm fighting to the end and it helps me, gives me more confidence", said the youngest player left in the draw.

"I think there are no favourites any more", said Kerber of her next challenge.

"To be here, to be in the semi-finals".

Ostapenko, 21, was certainly in step on Court One as she blasted a stunning 32 winners.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber remained solid amid an onslaught of winners and unforced errors from the more aggressive Ostapenko.

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"I don't care who I am playing against".

Goerges' win kept alive the possibility of Wimbledon staging an all-German women's final on Saturday as twice major victor Angelique Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi.

"I did ballroom dancing from the age of five to 12", she said.

After the match, Serena revealed she was confident of overturning the deficit.

"I still have a long way to go to be where I was". I'm just enjoying being here.

Also through to the last four are German 11th seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5, and Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko, who overcame Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4.

Ostapenko's serving was the superior of the two in the second set, and after another exchange of breaks, she held to love to seal the set, match, and a semi-final place.

Twice Grand Slam victor Kerber, 30, will next face Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the last four on Thursday after taking an hour and 29 minutes on a distinctly chilly Centre Court.

Williams, who had rapper Drake as part of her entourage, had to survive a 0-30 service game early in the second set and that was a defining moment in the match as she soon took command by breaking Giorgi, which proved enough to decide the second set.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2013 by beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5). So I think it's a great week.

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