"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.
Next up for Williams as she tries to earn her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall will be a match Thursday against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victor against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Kerber came out on top of a spectacular 25-shot rally to force the all-important match point number seven, and finally got the job done as Kasatkina netted a forehand, the German relieved to be a 6-3 7-5 victor.
July 10, 2018 Serena Williams of the U.S.in action during her quarter final match against Italy's Camila Giorgi.
"I think she said, "I'm sorry", Bertens said.
The Latvian struck 32 winners to just six from her opponent, with Cibulkova's second serve taking a pummelling, and won 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes.
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But her level dropped over the course of the next two sets and Goerges, 26, advances to play tournament favourite Serena Williams in the semis. "But I notice she plays that way against everybody".
She served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, but got broken.
Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start. That year, Cilly Aussem and Hilde Krahwinkel went on to set up the only all-German women's final in Grand Slam history. The second set is back on serve now. "I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.
"I was just trying to move good and take my chances". Camila served brilliantly to reduce the tally but the Serena's unrelenting attack sustained the gap to 5-3. "I still have a long way to go to be where I was". Ostapenko double faults at breakpoint as Kerber clinches the first set 6-3. Be a good friend and let her win'.
Here's the reason Williams has emerged as a favorite: She has seven Wimbledon titles, while the rest of the field has zero.
She proceeded to break for a third time as Pliskova for a third time as the seventh seed netted a forehand on set point.
Angelique Kerber, the German 11th seed, faces former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final. Williams leads 5-2 and will look to break Goerges to seal the match. It's an honour to share the court with her. "She (Ostapenko) won a Grand Slam, as well".