Serena Williams into Wimbledon semifinals for 11th time after Giorgi battle

11 July, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Williams is the only remaining American in the women's singles bracket.

Serena celebrated her 100th career main draw victory on grass as she reached her 11th Wimbledon semifinal in 13 quarter-finals played with lone losses to Capriati (2001) and Henin (2007).

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point.

The absence of the top 10 seeds leaves the tournament open, but for some that is no surprise.

Ostapenko, the 12th seed, overpowered Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's final four for the first time, and without dropping a set.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

Shrieking and clenching her fists after every key point that went her way, Serena let out a gutteral "C'mon" once she wrapped up the set. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

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.

Angelique Kerber is playing her seventh Slam semifinal, and her third at Wimbledon.

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

She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title.

On Wednesday, Federer will play No. 8 Kevin Anderson, a South African who was the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Gael Monfils.

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.

Williams lost the first 6-3 on Centre Court.

There were no signs of stage-fright from Giorgi in her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she took the first set.

Giorgi, who chose to serve first, bounced around like a dancer on the baseline and used her fast hands to whip winners behind her serve. I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

Williams responded by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi's serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.

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