Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams breezes past Evgeniya Rodina and into quarter-finals

Doug Mendoza
July 11, 2018

"You never know what to expect from her [Ostapenko]", Cibulkova said.

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Williams, however, lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own. However, Giorgi came through a huge test of character as she saved three break points and then a fourth with the help of a fierce forehand as she earned an important hold.

Through her four Wimbledon matches last week, Williams carefully had calibrated the speed of her serves, taking care not to aggravate the injured pectoral muscle that had forced her withdrawal midway through the French Open last month.

Giorgi was excellent off both wings in the opener and won her first set in four meetings with Williams as a brilliant backhand gave her two set points and an errant forehand followed from the American.

But Serena bludgeoned her way out of trouble, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to stay on course for an eighth All England Club triumph. "I'm like, 'I'm going as hard as I can on this one.' I saw it was 122".

"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all".

Looking to become the first Italian woman to make the Wimbledon semifinals, Giorgi did not let up, even when the match started to look like it was slipping away.

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Rodina called Williams her idol and one look at Williams' performance it was clear to see why.

"I messed up too much on my returns", said Giorgi, questioning her decision to stand inside the baseline to receive serve.

Williams will next face No. 13 seed Julia Goerges on Thursday in the semifinals. Most of all, you have to be able to return her serve and move well. "Being a mom is totally different", she said. We're starting from zero.

"For every single day that I'm here I'm trying to do my best".

Triumphant in her two previous Wimbledon tilts in 2015 and 2016, Williams's victory also extended her winning streak on the London grass to 19 matches.

"It's pretty unreal for me at the moment to get to this stage of a Grand Slam".

In his press conference after his fourth-round win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was asked about it and admitted he didn't know anything about Trump's visit. ". I would try to go around her more, rather than through her".

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