Serena Williams surprised with Wimbledon semi-final appearance

Tanya Simon
July 14, 2018

Giorgi, playing in her maiden major quarterfinal, threatened an upset by winning the first set, and led 30-0 on Williams' serve at 1-1 in the second.

Contesting just her fourth tournament after taking more than a year out of tennis for the birth of her first child, the 181st-ranked Williams will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges for a place in Saturday's (Sunday NZT) final.

And after Williams came up with a comeback to beat 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday, she headed off Centre Court with her right index finger aloft.

Angelique Kerber in a serious match pulled out a victory over Darya Kasatkina and for the seventh time in his career he reached the semi-finals of the Grand slam tournament.

As the seven-time champion Williams overpowered the Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2, the price of excellence was not lost on her.

Williams had six aces and no double faults in the victory.

Williams took the set in convincing fashion, 6-3, and yelled her trademark "Come on!" as she clinched the final point.

She will face German world number 10 Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams.

Not one top-10 seed has made the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

The United States president Donald Trump is going to visit Great Britain this weekend and he will attend the men's singles semi-final at Wimbledon on Friday if John Isner reaches the semi-finals.

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Williams lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own.

"I would hope she doesn't play tennis".

"I'm going to go out there and just do what I can, do my best, see what happens".

There were many of them - not least her mighty serve. When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last. "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back to where I was, and hopefully go beyond that".

There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 miles per hour service victor to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, "Cooome ooon!"

Considering what she went through during a traumatic labour nine months ago, since when she has played only a handful of matches, Williams's physical condition has been impressive. Be a good friend and let her win'.

Having crashed out in the first round at Wimbledon for five consecutive times, Goerges' emotions spilled over at the end of the match after she embraced Bertens at the net.

Bertens was bidding to become the first Dutch woman to reach a Wimbledon semi-final in over 40 years and took the opener in emphatic style.

Here is a look at some of the key talking points for the women's last-four matches. The match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Netherland's Kiki Bertens went the full hull. Meanwhile, Ostapenko also achieved a win in straight sets against Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-4.

Li said she did not miss playing on the tour, but did miss the rough and tumble of testing herself against the best.

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