Since returning to tennis to reclaim her place at the top of the rankings following giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian in September, Serena Williams has been honest about the struggle it's been to balance work and motherhood. "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back where I was - and hopefully go beyond that". "But I feel like I'm back". "I still have a long way to go to be where I was".
Kerber is seeded 11th and, after a week of shock defeats for her title rivals, that makes her the highest ranked woman left in the draw.
That is going to change now.
The 36-year-old Williams beat her next opponent, Julia Goerges, at the French Open with a fine serving display. It also means she now has 90 Wimbledon wins, the most amongst active female players and she has not dropped a set yet in this tournament.
The key game was when Williams powered to a 2-1 lead in the decisive set, against the serve, without conceding a point.
Giorgi was excellent off both wings in the opener and won her first set in four meetings with Williams as a brilliant backhand gave her two set points and an errant forehand followed from the American.
She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major.
"After the first set, I said "okay let's go three sets", I just kept fighting".
Serena celebrated her 100th career main draw victory on grass as she reached her 11th Wimbledon semifinal in 13 quarter-finals played with lone losses to Capriati (2001) and Henin (2007).
Williams lost the first 6-3 on Centre Court.
Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.
On Wednesday, Federer will play No. 8 Kevin Anderson, a South African who was the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Gael Monfils.
Rapper Drake attends day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, July 10, 2018 in London.
Kasatkina, who earlier this year became the fifth player in WTA history with multiple wins over a WTA No. 1 before her 21st birthday, had 31 unforced errors, including seven double-faults.
Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year. Pliskova was beaten 6-3, 7-6 (1) by No. 20 Kiki Bertens, who eliminated Williams' sister, Venus, last week.
The way she is striking the ball and moving in her second Grand Slam back after childbirth she would arguably be favourite for the title even with the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep still in contention.
"It's not that there is a free (run) until the final", the 26-year-old said.
"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.