Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point.

With a tiny tennis racket bag on her arm and rocking a cute pink frock, the 10-month-old was all smiles as she prepared to head out for the match.

The sold-out crowd - which included Drake, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - seemed stunned.

It was therefore a surprise to see Giorgi win the first set on Centre Court.

Giorgi was excellent off both wings in the opener and won her first set in four meetings with Williams as a brilliant backhand gave her two set points and an errant forehand followed from the American.

Ahead of the big game in London, Williams admitted to "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said. "Sometimes I feel I can fight".

"I don't have many words today to describe the moment I'm going through right now".

Shrieking and clenching her fists after every key point that went her way, Serena let out a gutteral "C'mon" once she wrapped up the set. I'm doing a lot of the right things. It's weird. I can't describe it.

She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova's six, but also doubling her opponent's unforced error count. "I went for it", Serena said.

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By that point it was obvious Giorgi was struggling to cope with Williams' jump in intensity and it did not take the tournament favorite long to strike in the third.

"I hate losing. That's no secret", the 23-times major victor said after digging deep to deny Camila Giorgi a famous victory with a rousing 3-6 6-3 6-4 quarter-final comeback win over the unseeded Italian.

In the first set, Giorgi hit twice more groundstrokes with her feet inside the baseline than Williams.

And, just as predictably, she was in no mood to provide an answer.

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

An ace took her to 4-0 and there was no coming back for Pliskova. She won 44 of the past 54 points she served.

The last time this occurred at a major was Wimbledon 2016, which featured Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. She never backed down from a challenge.

The victor of the Williams and Giorgi match battles Bertens or Goerges in the semifinals.

But with none of the top eight seeds left in the draw, she is now a huge favourite to claim a 24th Grand Slam title and move level with Margaret Court on the all-time list.

Dominika Cibulkova faces Jelena Ostapenko, Daria Kasatkina battles Angelique Kerber, and Kiki Bertens plays Julia Goerges in the other quarterfinal clashes. He hadn't been this far at the All England Club since 2011, losing to men ranked 100th or worse on four of his past five appearances.

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