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So easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova

Rodina, who like Williams combines a tennis career with motherhood, looked overawed at first as she went 3-0 down.

Whereas Rodina seemed overawed by facing Williams on Centre Court in the fourth round, such nerves were not apparent in Giorgi, who benefited from a poor line call to go a break up.

After a series of upsets in the women's singles tournament at Wimbledon, all of the top-10 seeds from the women's draw have been eliminated.

Though she was able to halt Williams' momentum and a run of four successive games, Giorgi could not prevent her from forcing a third set, the 36-year-old letting out a huge roar as she clinched the second. "I'll just keep fighting", Williams said.

The last time this occurred at a major was Wimbledon 2016, which featured Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. Consider, too, that the other 15 women in fourth-round action Monday own a combined three major trophies: Angelique Kerber has two, Jelena Ostapenko the other. "Every time I play Giorgi, she always plays that level, but she plays like that against everybody".

This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child. "She can really hit the ball well". Williams will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who beat American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4. "Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great".

Bertens next faces 13th-seeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

The victor of the Williams and Giorgi match battles Bertens or Goerges in the semifinals. However, she took a big step back in 2017, going 1-12 against WTA top-20 players and failing to win a singles title. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

She hit one at 122 miles per hour against Giorgi, delivered six of her seven aces in the final set, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served.