Serena Williams wins again at Wimbledon, closes in on Grand Slam No

Heather Diaz
July 11, 2018

Evgeniya Rodina, another mother beaten by Williams yesterday, 6-2, 6-2, did the decent thing and said the American was her idol. Williams, herself, responded with a smile.

Whereas Rodina seemed overawed by facing Williams on Centre Court in the fourth round, such nerves were not apparent in Giorgi, who benefited from a poor line call to go a break up.

The 36-year-old williams will face Julia Goerges in the semifinals on Thursday.

"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". "But it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest".

Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favorite once again, with the top-10 seeds all eliminated.

Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday's quarterfinals. "Every time I play Giorgi, she always plays that level, but she plays like that against everybody".

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After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed a year ago, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level. She used her forehand to move Serena, to force her hitting on the run and finally held to 5-2. Williams' latest match required only 62 minutes and was not much of a contest, a 6-2, 6-2 win in which she compiled a 30-5 edge in winners against Evgeniya Rodina, a qualifier from Russian Federation ranked 120th who was dealing with a bothersome left thigh.

She is first on Centre Court against Daria Kasatkina for her quarter-final clash this afternoon.

Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarterfinals.

Incredibly, Goerges had won only five matches in 10 previous visits to The All England Club - and none in the past five years - before arriving last week. But this is only my fourth tournament back (so) I don't feel pressure, I don't feel like I have to win this.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis". The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets.

Williams hit six of her seven aces in the final set, including one clocked at 122 miles per hour, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served.

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