Serena Williams knows Wimbledon's top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk

Ruben Ruiz
July 10, 2018

So it's really cool.

His mastery was only the beginning of things for those who spent 120 pounds (about $160) to be at Center Court and were afforded the rare treat of watching three of the greatest to ever lift a tennis racket. Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men's or women's side, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Williams will play Camila Giorgi for a last-four berth after the Italian progressed to her maiden grand slam quarter-final with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Ekaterina Makarova.

The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges or Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic on Tuesday. He next faces Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the USA 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.

Serena Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes on Monday. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4.

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Rodina attempted to throw everything at Williams, but could simply not make an impression as she was blown away on every level.

The 12th seed will face Dominika Cibulkova next after the Slovakian continued her defiant run with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Su-Wei Hseih.

"The seas have parted for her", nine-times champion Martina Navratilova said from the BBC's courtside bunker. "But also, I've never been ranked where I am", Williams said Monday after her fourth straight-set victory of the fortnight.

Ominiously for the other seven women left in the draw, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who missed Wimbledon past year but won the title on her previous two visits, insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.

"I'm not feeling the pressure because I'm not looking on the seeded or who is left or not", Kerber said of her improved title chances.

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