The seven-time champion dropped her first set of the tournament to Italy's Camila Giorgi but came through 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals for the 11th time. I just kept fighting. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said. I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all.
"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added. But this is only my fourth tournament back (so) I don't feel pressure, I don't feel like I have to win this.
She would also draw level with record holder Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slam crowns.
That is going to change now.
She'll face Germany's Julia Gorges in the semifinals on Thursday at the All England Club. Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years.
With every passing round Williams has grown in strength and confidence.
"I was expecting a close match". Williams beat Goerges at the recent French Open but said of their upcoming SW19 meeting: "This is a whole new match, it's a new surface, it's everything". She beat the ninth-seeded Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set.
Williams hasn't lost a set against Goerges in three previous matches, including a victory last month at the French Open (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 32.
In fact, this is her first career Grand Slam semifinal - even though many expected her to reach this stage much sooner.
"I would hope she doesn't play tennis", she said. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning. Consider, too, that the other 15 women in fourth-round action Monday own a combined three major trophies: Angelique Kerber has two, Jelena Ostapenko the other. She missed past year because of her pregnancy but is on an 18-match winning run at the All England Club.
Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.
Leading, 5-4, and two points away from taking the first set at 0-30 on Hsieh's serve, Cibulkova struck a backhand onto the baseline that was called out.
Federer was in blinding form during the first set, which blazed by in 16 minutes, but after the Swiss missed four break points in the opening game of the second set, Mannarino made more of a match of it.
With two players that possess as much firepower, especially on serve as the Czech and the Dutchwoman, there didn't figure to be a lot of break chances, but it was Bertens who had the first opportunity.
Also, Juan Martin del Potro became the last man into the quarterfinals by beating Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5).