Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals
Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals
Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena
12 July, 2018, 18:52
Sometimes I feel I can fight.
Seventeen months ago, Williams won her last major, the 2017 Australian Open, while pregnant.
The match that precedes Williams on Centre Court promises to be more competitive.
The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand. Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men's or women's side, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The issue: a pectoral injury that, at the time, left some doubts that she could play at Wimbledon.
The 2017 French Open champion lost her first two service games and was down 5-2 in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent. Rodina called Williams her idol and one look at Williams' performance it was clear to see why.
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'Wow, it's pretty awesome, ' Goerges said afterwards. "For whatever reason, I was so calm", Williams said of her emotions as she battled back against Giorgi. "I'm enjoying every moment".
Serena Williams came up with a comeback to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, then walked off Centre Court with her right index finger aloft. Williams hasn't lost a set against Goerges in three previous matches, including a victory last month at the French Open (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 32.
There was still the odd sign of rustiness - she sent a simple forehand smash into the net in the seventh game of the first set and at times was unable to deal with Rodina's soft serves - but she marched through the match in only 62 minutes and has yet to drop a set at this year's Wimbledon.
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"After the first set, I said "okay let's go three sets", I just kept fighting".
"I've been commentating on all Serena's matches and I think she's very close to her best level". She faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina, just two weeks after beating the Russian in a third-set tiebreaker on the grass courts of Eastbourne, tying their head-to-head record at 3-3.
Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 30th Grand Slam final berth.
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