Serena beats Giorgi in three sets, makes Wimbledon semis

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

"I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble", said Anderson, the first South African man in the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Wayne Ferreira in 1994.

The favorite, though, is No. 25 Serena Williams, who has won all four of her matches at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The sold-out crowd - which included Drake, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel - seemed stunned.

It was therefore a surprise to see Giorgi win the first set on Centre Court. But it was anything but easy and seemed very much in doubt until the final moments.

The rapper, 31, sipped on a glass of Pimms as his rumoured ex-girlfriend, Williams, 36, soared to victory against Camila Giorgi, bagging herself a place in the semi-finals.

Wimbledon (CNN) Serena Williams may have been out of the grand slam game for roughly 16 months as she started a family, but when her back is against the wall - as one opponent put it last month - the real Serena still comes out. "In this tournament, she seems to be in the right mood".

But Kerber is composed heading into the tie because she claims to have not looked at the draw - despite it completely opening up in her favour. 'Each of us, seeded or not, I'm not seeded, we're just here to do our best. For whatever reason, today I was so calm.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor Serena Williams told The Guardian: 'I think a lot of the top players are losing but they're losing to girls that are playing outstanding.

"I'm not looking left or right. It is what it is'". "I just felt calm".

Four of the first five games went against serve before 12th seed Ostapenko's game finally caught fire in the 11th game when she broke Cibulkova to love with a blazing backhand down-the-line victor.

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Still, Williams said she's not getting too excited as she's still adjusting to tennis after returning from maternity leave. Serena Williams, 51? Eh, it doesn't have that same ring to it.

Going a break down elicited a typically angry response from Williams, who surged into a 40-0 lead on Giorgi's serve in the subsequent game.

But that lifted a weight off her shoulders at the All England Club, where she has become the first Latvian to make a Wimbledon semi-final. "But it was tougher than the scoreline to be honest". Her sister, Antonela, died in a auto accident. "But I feel like every time I lose, I get better", she said.

She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major.

While heaping praise on Federer and admitting it will be hard to compete with the 20-time Grand Slam victor, Anderson vowed to "take the match to" his opponent. She appeared emotional and relieved at the match's conclusion as she clinched her fists in victory and took a deep breath while smiling proudly.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, the highest-seeded woman remaining at No. 7, plays Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. She never backed down from a challenge.

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.

"I don't want her to have pressure from what I did, you guys talking about, 'are you going to be able to do as good as your mom?' I don't want her to have that".

Williams will next face No. 13 seed Julia Goerges on Thursday in the semifinals. Ostapenko won last year's French Open. She said that, like, yesterday or the day before. We're starting from zero.

"I'm just here just to be here and to prove that I'm back". And I feel like I'm back.

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