Julia Goerges advances to Wimbledon semi-final to face Serena Williams

12 July, 2018, 18:52 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

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.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy.

Serena fought back from a set down to defeat the daring Giorgi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. "I'm fighting to the end and it helps me, gives me more confidence", said the youngest player left in the draw.

"You're only as good as your last win". And Williams committed just four unforced errors, a key area for her.

"I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

As any great does, Williams took her game to another level, adjusted to Goerges' serve, and began to dominate with strong, well-placed returns.

Williams is playing only her fourth tournament since becoming a mother for the first time.

Having reached the first Grand Slam quarter-final of her career, Goerges went a step further with a comeback victory over her Dutch opponent.

"Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise, to be here, to be in the semi-finals", she said. I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals. But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'.

"It's different now obviously because I have the baby".


Serena, who is targeting an eighth title at SW19, is eyeing a first Grand Slam after taking a break from the sport for the birth of her first child.

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

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.

Kerber and Ostapenko have never clashed before but the showdown ensures a grand slam champion will make the final. "I think everyone here has a great chance so you have to take it", Goerges said.

In the semi-final match-ups, Serena Williams will face Julia Goerges while Jelena Ostapenko will battle another German lady, Angelique Kerber.

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has yet to drop a set in this tournament.

"At the French Open a couple weeks ago I had so much pressure. It's so much fun".

Some may argue she has yet to face a stiff test here - she has beaten players ranked 105th, 135th, 62nd and now 120th in the world - but they can not argue with the fact she only returned to competitive singles tennis in March and has now reached another Grand Slam quarter-final.

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