Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Heather Diaz
July 11, 2018

Serena Williams had to come from a set down to unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time.

With Angelique Kerber also having made the last four, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1931.

Having cruised through her first four matches here, the question was asked of Serena Williams if she would rather have had a tough test to see exactly where her game is at.

Germany's Angelique Kerber, the highest women's seed remaining (11th), ousted Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation in straight sets to advance to Thursday's other semifinal, in which she'll face Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, who topped Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets.

Ostapenko is the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal as the former French Open champion beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.

The way she is striking the ball and moving in her second Grand Slam back after childbirth she would arguably be favourite for the title even with the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep still in contention. "Good", she thought to herself.

Bertens will meet Julia Goerges after Germany's 13th seed ousted Croatian Donna Vekic 6-3 6-2 in their fourth-round contest.

After clinching the win, Goerges did not celebrate at first, preferring instead to show sympathy with her beaten friend, embracing her with a long hug at the net. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets.

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Williams, who has a kind run through to the semi-finals, will next take on Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time.

"I said, 'All right, ' " said Williams, who hadn't dropped a set the entire tournament before Tuesday.

She went a couple of weeks without practicing serves, and the rest did wonders.

Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016. She harbors no compunction about striving for a point-ending victor with every stroke. I just kept fighting.

But this nerveless comeback was a sight familiar to all who have admired Williams' warrior instincts throughout a Wimbledon career stretching back 20 years.

"They know they have to play their absolute best if they want to stand a chance against her - and hope that she has a really bad day", Keothavong, 34, said with a smile.

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