Superhero Serena is close to her best, says Bartoli

The 26-year-old from Wateringen won 6-3 7-6 (7-1) to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time and only the second Grand Slam quarter-final of her career.

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 may not have won a major in 18 months, but one wouldn't have guessed it judging by the four consecutive straight-set wins she'd taken en route to the quarter-finals in London this year. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, going about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180.

Williams looked to be in a spot of bother when she surprisingly lost the opening set 6-3 and struggled with consistency from the back of the court.

Giorgi, Kasatkina, Bertens and Goerges will each be making her debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

She is now two wins away from her eighth Wimbledon trophy and from tying Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam titles in history at 24.

"I was expecting a close match".

"I messed up too much on my returns", said Giorgi, questioning her decision to stand inside the baseline to receive serve.

Goerges' win kept alive the possibility of Wimbledon staging an all-German women's final on Saturday as twice major victor Angelique Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi. Had she crashed out Drake would probably have been lampooned by fans who would have linke the loss to his unsolicited presence. For me, I can't even think that far. "Usually, I'm one of those few seeds left that's still fighting and still in the tournament".

"Serena's barely played any tennis and now she's come back and she is already playing at this level".

The German, who is seeded number 11 at the tournament, found the crucial break of serve early to stamp her authority on proceedings.

Juan Martin del Potro had to fight hard to beat France's Gilles Simon.

Once Williams had figured out how to break the Giorgi serve, though, in the fourth game of the second set, the momentum changed. Williams will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who beat American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4. "I was just trying to push myself until the limits actually". "I haven't gone a day without seeing her".

  • Julie Sanders