Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, July 10, 2018. A lot. Plus I don't want her to have pressure from what I did, people talking about 'are you going to be able to do as good as your mom?'. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve. And I feel like I'm back.
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.
That is going to change now.
The upsets continue at Wimbledon with no top-10 stars making the women's quarter-finals at The All England Club for the first time in 50 years of professional tennis.
Shocks decimated the women's draw early on but there is no real surprise that three of the players in Thursday's semi-finals are Grand Slam champions. The Latvian hits the net again and Kerber takes a comfortable 3-0 lead.
"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said.
"I was expecting a close match".
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Kerber came out on top in a spectacular 25-shot rally to force match point number seven and finally got the job done as Kasatkina netted a forehand, the German a relieved 6-3 7-5 victor. "They will watch me play here at Wimbledon", she said. "That doesn't matter", Williams said. The 21-year-old fought off hard-hitting Alison Van Uytvanck on Monday and will take on former Australian Open and US Open champion Angelique Kerber in Tuesday's Centre Court opener. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.
She will now face Julia Goerges for the second time in as many Slams, but it was during that match that she picked up the injury that cut short her Slam come-back, But today we saw a return to the serving speeds of 122mph.
Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double-faults, but took a while to end things.
Leading, 5-4, and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh's serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out.
The 2017 French Open champion lost her first two service games and was down 5-2 in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent. Had she crashed out Drake would probably have been lampooned by fans who would have linke the loss to his unsolicited presence.
Another German, Angelique Kerber, admitted nerves nearly got the better of her after needing seven match points to see off Daria Kasatkina.
Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2011, winning in straight sets, and will have to beat Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon to make the semifinals.