Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

All top-10 women's seeds OUT of Wimbledon before the quarter-finals as Pliskova falls Pliskova
Frederick Owens | 11 July, 2018, 13:58

"I feel good. I feel like I did better today, I had to". She harbors no compunction about striving for a point-ending victor with every stroke. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

If Serena lifts the Venus Rosewater Dish this weekend, she will join an select group of women who have won Grand Slam titles after becoming mothers.

The Italian's comments ahead of the match that she does not follow tennis will have raised eyebrows but, competing in her first Grand Sam quarterfinal, she troubled Williams significantly with her movement and power and took the first set.

That is going to change now. After losing the first set, Williams was able to turn her game around and defeat Giorgi. She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors.

The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals.

"I was maybe the better player in the first set but didn't actually take the chances I would have loved to take, but still found a way to somehow come back and close out that match". I just kept fighting.

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal.

But the 36-year-old Williams, back at Wimbledon after missing last year when she was pregnant with her first child, dug in, upped her game and reeled Giorgi in.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

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Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon two years ago.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

None of the top 10 women's seeds remain in the tournament.

Because of that, she didn't suffer from much intimidation against Williams in her match.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year. Goerges earned her spot in the semis with a three-set victory over Kiki Bertens 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

She was the aggressor throughout, hitting 33 winners to Cibulkova's six, but also doubling her opponent's unforced error count.

"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years.

The 21-year-old is the only female player yet to drop a set in this year's tournament. I don't know. I still have a lot of matches to win.

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