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Wimbledon 2018: Jelena Ostapenko overcomes slow start to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich

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Cassandra Gardner | 14 July, 2018, 00:42

This was only Kasatkina's second grand slam quarter-final, so she's still feeling her way in the game.

Meanwhile, in the men's singles category, Federer's pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Although Cibulkova complained about the decision, the former Australian Open finalist has refocused well enough to make her third Wimbledon quarter-final.

But Julia Goerges can not afford to bring any sense of deference to their semi-final, given this is her big chance to reach a first grand slam singles final.

Next up is last year's French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, who battled back from 5-2 down in the first set to win 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber made just seven unforced errors as she saw off an early barrage of Ostapenko winners to break twice in the first set.

"I think she palyed really well and I was down in the first set but I was fighting until the end".

She added: "I really enjoy time here, just looking forward to my next match". "When I feel like this is something that should not happen, I would maybe have sympathy with her".

Ostapenko, 21, was certainly in step on Court One as she blasted a stunning 32 winners.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

Cibulkova has won both of their previous matchups, but she isn't going to be focused on anything but what she has to do to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal: "I played her couple of times".

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"That code violation made me even more motivated and angry", Ostapenko said.

With all top 10 seeds having been knocked out before the quarterfinals, 2016 runner-up Kerber is the highest-ranked player still in the ladies' competition. "She didn't let me play how I wanted", said Cibulkova, the world number 33.

Giorgi won the sixth game and closed the gap a little, but Serena had upped her intensity level and took the set with a triumphant shout. My coach wants me to go for the shots. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

A mixture of sizzling winners and forced errors gave her a break to lead 4-2 and then, after saving four break-back points in the next game, she served the first set out.

"For me I think everything is positive that I changed the coach".

Jeļena Ostapenko advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals, where she will play against Angelique Kerber, by beating Dominika Cibulková.

Kerber, 30, used a seven game run to seize control of her match against Ostapenko.

Kasatkina nearly threw in the towel as Kerber set up two break points but the Russian showed admirable resolve to take the game with a superb leaping forehand.

Simon failed to convert a break point, then a third match point for Del Potro ended with him netting a forehand.

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