| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The second week of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships began on Monday as the quarterfinals of the women’s singles draw were finalized, led by seven-time champion Serena Williams and former finalist Angelique Kerber.

The 11th seeded German reached the final eight for the third straight major of 2018, after having done so at the Australian and French Opens earlier this year. She defeated Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-6(5) in one hour and 48 minutes.

“It was not so easy, especially because I know she’s playing very well on grass…Today I was just trying to be aggressive,” said Kerber. “She played well, especially when she was down. She came back in the second set. She had set points. I’m coming back, so it was a little bit of up and downs in the second set. I’m happy that I’m through in two sets.”

In the quarterfinals, Kerber takes on 14th seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina, who ended the run of Alison Van Uytvanck with a 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 win on Monday.

Serena Williams continued her remarkable push towards an eighth title at the All-England Club by taking out Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in a little over an hour.

The 25th seeded Serena converted on five of six break point chances and hit 30 winners to just 11 unforced errors to book her spot in the quarterfinals.

“There’s a lot to improve on,” Serena said of her progress as she continues her comeback to the tour. “This is only my fourth tournament back. I would hope there’s a lot to continue to improve on. [And] there is. I feel like I’m getting to where I want to be. For me, there’s so much farther I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that.”

She will play Italy’s Camila Giorgi next. Giorgi was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Ekaterina Makarova.

The last Top 10 seed remaining in the draw, seventh-seed Karolina Pliskova, was eliminated on Monday as Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands continued her run in London. The 20th seeded Bertens broke Pliskova four times in a 6-3, 7-6(1) victory on Monday.

Bertens draws 13th seed Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 in her fourth round match.

Dominika Cibulkova continued her spirited run through the Wimbledon draw as she booked her quarterfinal spot with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Su-Wei Hsieh. Cibulkova, who was left without a seed in the tournament after Serena Williams was given a seed, will look to maintain her form against 12th seeded Jelena Ostapenko. The former French Open champion downed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(4), 6-0 on Monday.