Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

"I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever".

"I went for it", Williams said of the serve afterward. "I play a great level today", she said.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

The 36-year-old is returning to Wimbledon this year after missing the tennis tournament last summer due to her pregnancy.

Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, Williams is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance.

Garbine Muguruza arrived at the All England Club as the defending champion but was knocked out in the second round, while fellow leading contenders Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova also suffered premature exits.

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.

Williams is back in action at Wimbledon following a hiatus from the tennis circuit after becoming a mother previous year.

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Williams opted not to challenge when she saw a shot called long, although Hawk-Eye proved it was actually in, and Giorgi went on to bring up two break points, with Serena then mis-hitting wide to surrender the game. I think it's super exciting.

Thursday's (Friday NZT) other semifinal will also feature a German, two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, against 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

None of the top 10 women's seeds remain in the tournament.

Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. "I do follow women's tennis", she said pointedly.

Goerges turned out to be an unstoppable force as she won eight of the last nine games to subdue her friend, whose lunging effort on match point rolled into the bottom of the net.

Just four years ago, Ostapenko was winning the junior Wimbledon title and now the youngest player left in the women's singles is only one win away from the final.

She probably should have done her homework on Williams, who crushed the upset-minded Italian after dropping the first set. "I'm fighting until the end and I'm gaining more confidence".

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