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Serena sets sights on eighth Wimbledon title

14 July 2018, 05:16 | Charlene Valdez

So easy for Serena as she rolls into quarter-finals

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

In the first set, the 26-year-old Italian, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinals, had Williams scrambling after her lightning-quick serves and almost knocked her off of her feet with one that notched 118 miles per hour. Kasatkina finished with seven double-faults, including one on break point in the second game and then two straight to hand Kerber a 5-3 lead in the first set - halting her momentum just after breaking to get back on serve with the help of one of the best rallies of the match.

Italy's Camila Giorgi returns the ball to Serena Williams of the United States during their women's singles quarterfinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. "Even when I was down the first set", Williams who ended with 24 winners and only nine unforced errors, said.

Williams, now the world number 181 having slipped down the rankings following her maternity leave, is the lowest-ranked player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the open era. She has seven Grand Slam titles at the grass court tournament.

Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals.

Serena Williams set a new record but played down title talk as she eased into the last-eight.

Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory, her 91st here, when Giorgi pushed a forehand into the net.

But Williams rallied to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court and then insisted she was never anxious. She must be aggressive, with the right degree of control, and has to test the stamina of Williams who has so far won a stack of short points and rarely been pushed around court.

Goerges and Kerber have already accomplished something not seen at Wimbledon since 1931 by putting two Germans in the women's semifinals.


"To be here, to be in the semi-finals".

With two players that possess as much firepower, especially on serve as the Czech and the Dutchwoman, there didn't figure to be a lot of break chances, but it was Bertens who had the first opportunity.

"I'm not exhausted at all", she said.

"It was just the way I felt today".

Julia Gerges made a comeback in the match with Kiki, Bertens and became her rival Serena Williams in the semi-finals. However, the 13th seed has proved she knows how to win a close match. The Italian took the first set six games to three. The match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Netherland's Kiki Bertens went the full hull. "Well, it's still one more match to go for both of us".

Thursday's (Friday NZT) other semifinal will also feature a German, two-time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber, against 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

Li said she did not miss playing on the tour, but did miss the rough and tumble of testing herself against the best. She won 44 of the last 54 points she served.



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