Pliskova latest star to fall at Wimbledon

Pliskova latest star to fall at Wimbledon

If she gets past that challenge, a match-up with either Kiki Bertens or Julia Goerges will await in the last four.

Asked if it was a flawless display, Serena admitted she is never satisfied. 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.

After Pliskova's loss, the highest remaining seed in the women's singles is Angelina Kerber, who is seeded at No. 11. She advanced Monday with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Belinda Bencic and will next face Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation.

Serena Williams is set to resume her quest for an eighth Wimbledon title as the women's quarterfinals take center stage on Tuesday.

Hsieh protested, leading the match referee to come on to discuss the decision with the umpire as calls of "replay the point" came from a bemused crowd on Court 18.

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A comfortable set was wrapped up in fitting fashion as a double fault from Rodina handed Williams a break to love. "I don't think I could do that", she said. "It was really ridiculous for me".

And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal - two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams - who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

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. Icon, leader, supermum, her inexorable return from the maternity ward to the zenith of her sport has been the story of these championships. I know it's more hard now, there are many more demands on your time etc and it was such a big title for her because she'd been in three finals before and for Romania blah blah blah... but really?

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

"It's definitely family before tennis for me", she said to Harper's Bazaar UK. "In this tournament, she seems to be in the right mood".

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