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Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

Evgeniya Rodina, another mother beaten by Williams yesterday, 6-2, 6-2, did the decent thing and said the American was her idol. Williams, herself, responded with a smile.

The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left.

Serena, however, held to love in the first two service games without giving the Italian the chance to dictate the game on return.

After a series of upsets made this edition of Wimbledon the first since it began seeding players in the 1920s that none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals, Nos.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

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.

Ostapenko also reached the quarterfinals past year in her best Wimbledon showing, losing to eventual runner-up Venus Williams. Meanwhile, today will be Jelena Ostapenko and Angelique Kerber's first meeting. "I do follow women's tennis", she said pointedly.

Contesting just her fourth tournament after taking more than a year out of tennis for the birth of her first child, the 181st-ranked Williams will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges for a place in Saturday's (Sunday NZT) final. "It's 115, and she puts the ball close to the line".

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In the men's tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France. Stefanie Graf defeated Anke Huber 6-1, 6-1 before winning the final over Arantxa Sánchez Vicario to capture her 12th major title out of an eventual total of 22.

Goerges came back in her match, too, defeating Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in her first grand slam quarterfinal at about the same time Williams' match ended.

"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years.

She hit one at 122 miles per hour against Giorgi, delivered six of her seven aces in the final set, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served.

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.

"It was a very tough match but I was just trying to enjoy it".

Serena Williams recaps her battling win over Italy's Camila Giorgi to advance to the semifinals of Wimbledon.


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