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Radwanska is in the last four of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, while the eighth-ranked Kerber lost in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open for her best result in a major.

Still, either Radwanska or Azarenka will be the new No. 1 after this tournament, overtaking Maria Sharapova after the Russian star lost in the fourth round.

“It’s for sure one of my best things in my career right now to be in the second semis at the Grand Slams,” Kerber said. “Actually, I have nothing to lose right now.”

Radwanska had lost five previous quarterfinals at Grand Slams, but is now the first Polish player to reach the semifinals of a major in the Open era. She has played Kerber four times, with each match going to three sets and the series even at 2-2.

“We played a couple times each other. Always went three sets, always tough,” Radwanska said. “Never on grass. It’s just going to be another challenge. I just hope I can still play my good tennis and we’ll see.”

Williams, meanwhile, is in her eighth Wimbledon semifinal, having won the title here in 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010. She was runner-up in 2004 and 2008.

So just reaching the last four in itself isn’t exactly something that has Williams excited.

“Semifinal, it’s great in a way,” she said. “But at the end of the day, if you’re not first, you’re last.”