Kerber, runner-up at the All England Club two years ago, as well as the 2016 Australian Open and US Open victor, looks on a mission to atone for a disappointing season in the slams in 2017.
So Bartoli decided not to hit any second serves. The reprieve was only momentary for Hsieh, as Cibulkova regained her composure to break and take the first set 6-4. She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors. Why not take a risk?
In doing so, Bartoli joined an exclusive club as one of just nine women (all but two now retired) to beat Williams on the grass at Wimbledon. She missed Wimbledon a year ago because she was pregnant, and she went about 16 months between Grand Slam tournaments, so her ranking is just outside the top 180. "It's really hard to [compete] with a hero".
The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand.
Giorgi appeared a bit salty - maybe that's her normal demeanor - as she shook hands with Williams at the net after the match and quickly grabbed her bag and walked off the court.
"Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble, ' she said after the match".
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. While it's obviously a monumental achievement and great moment for her career, Giorgi wasn't exactly in the friendliest of moods after the match.
Then she did a mental check of her right arm: better than good. "It sounds pretty cool", said Goerges.
Giorgi didn't back off, but the momentum shifted.
As easy as she is making it look, however, the American is not satisfied with her level.
The 31-year-old rapper cheered on Williams during her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday, where he was clearly completely invested in the game judging by his passionate reactions from the stands.
Williams avoided a major upset on Tuesday as the former world number one battled back to beat unseeded Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a Centre Court thriller.
Williams faces German 13th seed Julia Gorges in Thursday's semi-finals. "We are here in the semis and they are all tough opponents and you have to play at your best", Kerber said.
Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favorite once again, with the top-10 seeds all eliminated. She harbors no compunction about striving for a point-ending victor with every stroke. "I have a long way to go". Virtually all are coached since childhood to blast ball after ball from the baseline, she noted. It's like all the other women that are still in the draw.
Although All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said there has been no approach from the White House over a possible visit, both players were asked about it following their victories. "She has a very powerful game". She won 44 of the past 54 points she served.
"You need the total package".
"I don't think the draw is open".