Serena Williams fights back to reach Wimbledon semi-finals

Doug Mendoza
July 14, 2018

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was given her sternest test of the Championships against Camila Giorgi as Williams recorded a comeback 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory to maintain her hopes of an eighth singles title at the All England Club.

Goerges is at the other end of the spectrum, preparing for her maiden major semi-final after also recovering from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1. She roared back to win the final two sets 6-3 and 6-4. After the first set, I just said, let's go three sets.

Men's quarterfinals: Kevin Anderson beat Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11; John Isner beat Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3; Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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

The chances kept coming and this time, it was Pliskova's turn to have a look at a break point, her first of the match, the Dutchwoman double-faulting to level the set.

She said: "I think this match today was an example how much I've grown in this department, how much I've accepted".

Williams' powerful shots and returns were a constant scourge to Giorgi, though just as noticeable was the fact the American only lost 14 points on her serve.

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Giorgi had a bright start to the match, possibly catching Williams a little worn out as she is still working her way back from the 14-month leave.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration. "It's been a while since I've won a championship", Williams said.

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

In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces. She manages to hold on to her serve, but she can ill-afford such mistakes if wants to get back into the match. "It's now all gone", Ostapenko said. Sometimes I feel I can fight.

Will Kerber face Serena Williams or fellow German Julia Goerges in the final? Both two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber and 21-year-old Kasatkina reached the quarterfinals at last month's French Open.

"This is tennis. Nobody is walking on the court saying OK, I'll give you a free match". The match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Netherland's Kiki Bertens went the full hull. It appeared nearly to be a reminder to Giorgi, who said on Monday that she doesn't watch women's tennis.

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