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LONDON: Kiki Bertens knocked out the last top 10 seed in the women´s singles at Wimbledon as the Dutch world number 20 stunned Karolina Pliskova with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) victory in the fourth round on Monday.
"I feel like he has the right to do whatever he wants to do", said Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion.
And it would be a first as a mum - or should that be second, given the American was in the early stages of pregnancy while claiming the Australian Open in 2017?
Yet Goerges insists she can cause an massive upset against Williams.
In March, she lost in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka, leading to a hasty exit in which she bypassed a postmatch media session. "In this tournament, she seems to be in the right mood".
With Olympia's arrival and her marriage to husband Alexis both taking place since Serena was last at Wimbledon, this year's campaign has a unique feel.
The victor of the Williams and Giorgi match battles Bertens or Goerges in the semifinals.
"For me, really I'm not thinking about others". I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.
"I didn't quite take my chances in the first set but tried to stay calm and keep working for the points", added Goerges. "I play a great level today", she said.
There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 miles per hour service victor to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, "Cooome ooon!"
Shrieking and clenching her fists after every key point that went her way, Serena let out a gutteral "C'mon" once she wrapped up the set.
But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.
Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016.
Williams needs to beat two seeded opponents to win her 24th major title, tying Margaret Court's record for Grand Slam wins.
While some BBC analysts applauded Giorgi's go-for-broke approach Tuesday, nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova, who's covering the tournament for Tennis Channel, isn't convinced that answering power with power is the best approach against Williams.
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