Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Williams back in Wimbledon semi-finals

Williams back in Wimbledon semi-finals

The women's quarter-finals took the spotlight at Wimbledon 2018 on Tuesday, and Serena Williams was the most notable name to move into the last four after she hit back from behind to defeat Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4.

"I knew going in it was not going to be an easy match", said Williams, who now plays 13th seed Julia Goerges of Germany, who beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 over on Court No 1.

Bertens, who was contemplating retirement a year ago after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, is the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

She has won 19 straight matches at the All England Club and will appear in her 11th semifinal.

This is Williams' 18th consecutive win at the Championships - she missed last year's tournament as she prepared to have her first child.

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The 36-year-old faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.

The tall Czech answered an early break with one of her own but 20th seed Bertens secured a second break with a superb touch volley to move 5-3 ahead and then held easily.

Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener.

It is the third time Kerber has reached the last four at Wimbledon, where she was runner-up in 2016.

"I just want to be more of that role model for my daughter, for lots of people out there that just want to be inspired".

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Williams took the set in convincing fashion, 6-3, and yelled her trademark, "Come on!" as she clinched the final point. "You really can't have a weakness against Serena".

Ranked at world No. 181, Serena was the lowest-ranked player to contest a last-eight match in these parts in the Open Era, although she is the 25th seed.

Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

"It's not that there is a free (run) until the final", the 26-year-old said.

Ostapenko is the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal as the former French Open champion beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4.

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Both players have struggled with pressure and expectations in recent years after surprise successes, but there is still improvements for both to make. While it's obviously a monumental achievement and great moment for her career, Giorgi wasn't exactly in the friendliest of moods after the match.

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