Ostapenko blasts past identikit opponent to reach semis

Kiki Bertens celebrates victory against Venus Williams

The American had no trouble handing 29-year-old Görges, who was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

Cibulkova faces Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko, a former French Open champion, for a place in the semi-finals.

Twelfth seed Jelena Ostapenko recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday, channelling her anger from a disputed code violation to crush Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (4) 6-0. The title in Sydney, semis in Eastbourne, Dubai and Australia, and the quarters at other big tournaments such as Roland Garros, Miami and Indian Wells, contributed to the best match-winning season among the remaining players, 36-12, though she was closely followed by her Kasatkina.

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi of Italy took the first set 6-3. "It really messed with me for two balls, then I tried to just calm down, to play my game". "Yes, I lost, but at the end I'm happy with my performance".

This was her toughest test yet as Giorgi outplayed her in the first set, but the seven-time champion composed herself and produced an impressive comeback to seal a 19th successive win at Wimbledon, having lifted the title in the last two years she played here, in 2015 and 2016.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

"I think the opponent played quite well in the beginning".

"It's great to be back in the semis".

With no top-10 seeds making the quarter-finals for the first time in Wimbledon history, 11th-seeded Kerber is the highest-ranked player left in the hunt for the Venus Rosewater Dish.

"Obviously she has won so many titles here, not only here, a lot of grand slams beside Wimbledon", said Goerges, the 13th seed.




That's exactly what she did, as she hit three winners to earning three match points.

"I hope he's going to go even further in the tournament".

"Actually I'm just trying to focus on every single match now, not thinking which round it is, if it's the second week or the first round".

The second set was more of the same from Ostapenko, who rarely dropped her level as winners freely flowed from her racquet to race ahead a triple break advantage of her own, serving out her spot in the last eight.

Kerber served for the set, only to be broken once more, but in the 11th game, Kasatkina tried one drop shot too many, Kerber tracked it down for the victor and broke again, 6-5.

The second set shaped the same way.

Juan Martin del Potro set up a Wimbledon quarterfinal clash against Rafael Nadal when he downed Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5).

"I don't think Kasatkina has been disciplined enough".

The 21-year-old will fancy her chances in the semi-finals against former world number one Angelique Kerber, who needed seven match points to dismiss Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5.

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