Serena Williams in top form as top seeds fall at Wimbledon

Williams waves to the crowd after a Round 2 win.Serena Williams has her eye on a record 24th grand slam singles title at Wimbledon, but it would also be her first win as a mother. Williams has been working her way back into form following the birth of her first child last September, and she is into the quarterfinal round of a Wimbledon women’s singles bracket that has already seen the top 10 seeds eliminated - a first for a grand slam tournament in the Open era. Williams has yet to drop a set through four rounds of the tournament, which she has won seven times previously.

Wimbledon is Williams’ fourth singles event since giving birth, and the quarterfinals is the furthest she has gotten yet. She was eliminated in the fourth round of the French Open due to a pectoral injury that affected her serve, which was perhaps a sign that she hadn’t quite regained the form that would allow her to last deep into a grand slam tournament. Williams hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down at Wimbledon, and her road to the final has already been cleared of major obstacles.

The highest remaining seed Williams could face is 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, who is facing 14-seed Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals. Another notable name remaining is 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, while Williams’ quarterfinal opponent is the unranked Camila Giorgi, who hasn’t done much in her pro tennis career outside of winning the 2015 Topshelf Open. Williams, 36, is 10 years older than Giorgi, and Williams has won each of their previous three meetings.

Williams appears to be experiencing the grind of a major tournament in a slightly different way as a mother. On Saturday, she tweeted about missing her daughter’s first steps because she was training, and it likely won’t be the only milestone she misses while juggling her professional ambitions and her family, but those types of sacrifices are worth making to chase history. Williams is already one of the best tennis players of all time, and winning a grand slam title as a mom would be a fitting addition to her legacy.