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Keep calm and carry on: Williams serene at Wimbledon

Keep calm and carry on: Williams serene at Wimbledon

Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, July 10, 2018.

The 36-year-old lost her first set of this year's event against the hard-hitting Giorgi, world No 52, who matched the American for aggression on serve and from the baseline.

Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak at the All England Club, when he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006. It's weird. I can't describe it. Serena Williams makes it 0-40 on Goerges serve but needs just one to close out the match. "I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals", Williams said.

Being able to carry this upsurge in momentum into a last-four match with Williams is another matter altogether.

Julia Gerges made a comeback in the match with Kiki, Bertens and became her rival Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Had she crashed out Drake would probably have been lampooned by fans who would have linke the loss to his unsolicited presence.

Pliskova, at seven, was the highest seed to reach the fourth round after an extraordinary first week of upsets but her hopes of further progress evaporated on a stiflingly hot Court Two. "When I was out there today, not once was I out of breath".

Williams said: "I felt good to get through it because it was a tough match". It's 5-3 for Kerber and she will once again be serving for the match.

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Williams was forced to withdraw from the fourth round of the French Open with a pectoral injury but has impressed in her bid to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 major triumphs.

Williams won Wimbledon on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016 before missing last year's event due to her pregnancy.

But Giorgi plays with nary a trace of subtlety and more than a bit of abandon, taking risky, flat chops at the ball with serves, returns, forehands and backhands.

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.

Kerber's fellow German Julia Goerges reached her first grand slam quarter-final.

The Argentine was in danger of being dragged into a fifth set when he squandered four match points, one with a double-fault, at 5-4 having hit back from 1-3 down. Sometimes I feel, Man, I'm in trouble. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this. For whatever reason, today I was so calm.

Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, lost her first two service games and went 5-2 down in the opening set before rallying to force a tiebreaker against her Belarussian opponent.


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