Serena fights back to join former slam winners in Wimbledon semis

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7/5; 6/4, while Julia Goerges of Germany outlasted Kiki Bertens of Netherlands 3/6; 7/5; 6/1 in one hour and 56 minutes.

The match that precedes Williams on Centre Court promises to be more competitive.

Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the first set and the Swiss never looked back.

She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major.

The 21-year-old Latvian dropped a set for the first time in this year's tournament as she committed 19 unforced errors.

The same could be said of both Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, who, like Serena, continue to find new levels of quality despite their relative age in tennis.

However, the 14 errors meant that Kerber, at the third attempt, broke to lead 4-3.

Williams dug deep to deny Camila Giorgi a famous victory with a fighting 3-6 6-3 6-4 quarterfinal comeback win over unseeded Italian on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor. As Serena waved her hands to four points of the stadium in jubilant celebration, Camila Giorgi departed the arena in a hurry.

Andy Murray has backed Wimbledon's decision to relegate Roger Federer to Court 1 for his quarter-final match against Kevin Anderson.

Here's the reason Williams has emerged as a favorite: She has seven Wimbledon titles, while the rest of the field has zero.

Jelena Ostapenko advanced to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Julia Goerges reacts after beating Kiki Bertens in a Wimbledon quarter-final match.

Next up for the 36-year-old American is a match against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victor against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Hsieh - who knocked out No. 1 Simona Halep in the third round - kept the ball in play by returning it over the net as Cibulkova immediately challenged.

When the Wimbledon Management Committee gave Serena Williams a concessional seeding for the 25th slot, it stirred controversy; especially among the female players, because the American was ranked 181 before Wimbledon.

Only three mothers have won Grand Slam titles in the Open era - Belgium's Kim Clijsters and Australians Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court - but Williams is showing strong evidence that she can become the fourth.

Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance and 30th in all four Grand Slams.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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