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Serena Williams Alexis Olympia First Steps Wimbledon

Serena Williams has survived another day of Wimbledon carnage to edge ever closer to a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown.

All of those wins came in straight sets, with her last victory coming in the round of 128 at the 2016 Australian Open.

The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges or Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic on Tuesday.

One break in each of the three sets was all that decided the fixture, as Williams mimicked Giorgi's guarded game after going a break up in the first, completing a polished performance in a little less than two hours. I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care.' Serena Williams had a very different reaction in terms of excitement. 'I don't know what comments he has made about women in sport.

The tall Czech answered an early break with one of her own but 20th seed Bertens secured a second break with a superb touch volley to move 5-3 ahead and then held easily. 'Each of us, seeded or not, I'm not seeded, we're just here to do our best. But this is only my fourth tournament back (so) I don't feel pressure, I don't feel like I have to win this.

"I don't follow tennis", the Italian said when the subject of Williams' return came up before today's quarter-final. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

With Olympia's arrival and her marriage to husband Alexis both taking place since Serena was last at Wimbledon, this year's campaign has a unique feel.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

Ostapenko hasn't dropped a set in her first five matches and the 12th seed said: "I'm just enjoying being here".

Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarterfinals. ". I would try to go around her more, rather than through her".

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final.

Incredibly, Goerges had won only five matches in 10 previous visits to The All England Club - and none in the past five years - before arriving last week. A blistering forehand return gave her three break points in the third game, and she snatched the first with an outstanding off-balance backhand down the line.

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