Serena Williams Isn't Afraid of Being the Best & Here's Why

Jose Verdugo
Julio 14, 2018

Williams dug deep to deny Camila Giorgi a famous victory with a fighting 3-6 6-3 6-4 quarterfinal comeback win over unseeded Italian on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time). It's also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.

In March, she lost in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka, leading to a hasty exit in which she bypassed a postmatch media session. The only fourth-round match that wasn't completed on Monday - fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro against Frenchman Gilles Simon - will also be played to a finish.

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Yet Goerges insists she can cause an massive upset against Williams.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour.

Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it's the first time none of the top 10 women have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

There was a controlled fury about Williams's play, and when she conjured an off-balance backhand victor to break in the third game of the decider, the outcome was inevitable.

Her dance of delight signalled the end of Giorgi's threat as Williams raced to the finish line. "It's now all gone", Ostapenko said. It never happened to me in my career.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be".

"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added.

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"After four years, I'm still not trying to come back".

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point. Julia Goerges likes the sound of a repeat, though.

Kerber came out on top in a spectacular 25-shot rally to force match point number seven and finally got the job done as Kasatkina netted a forehand, the German a relieved 6-3 7-5 victor.

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Giorgi enjoyed a confident start, outhitting Serena by eight winners to six as she won the first set and opened up a 0-30 lead in the second game of the second stanza.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

"Every time I play Giorgi she always plays that level so I knew going in it would not be an easy match", Williams, who will face German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals, said shortly after walking off the court.

She steadied herself, though, and had a break point when Williams served at 4-2, but her chances were few and far between as her opponent continued to charge through a draw blown wide open by an exodus of seeds.

With none of the top 10 women's seeds left in the draw, Williams is becoming an ever stronger favourite to win a 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving birth last September.

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