Serena drops first set but zooms into semis


Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 10, 2018 Serena Williams of the action during her quarter final match against Italy's Camila Giorgi. She roared back to win the final two sets 6-3 and 6-4.

"I knew after the first set, "all right, let's go three sets".

Men's quarterfinals: Kevin Anderson beat Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11; John Isner beat Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3; Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Serena's miracle run at Wimbledon, just her fourth tournament back from maternity leave, couldn't really be ending here on Centre Court against Camila Giorgi, the 52nd-ranked player in the world, could it? But Julia Goerges can not afford to bring any sense of deference to their semi-final, given this is her big chance to reach a first grand slam singles final.

Giorgi even won the first set against the seven-time Wimbledon champion, putting Williams one set away from being sent home.

Asked what she likes the most about the way Williams plays, Giorgi responded: "I don't follow tennis".

A double fault and a superb Goerges forehand created break point in Bertens' next service game but she was again up to the task, producing two big serves.

After sweeping aside Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, Williams, 36, had an ominous warning for her rivals. She gave birth to daughter Olympia in September.

That was winning majors, and Williams enters the semifinals as the lowest-seeded player (25th) remaining in this year's Wimbledon tournament.

"I'm looking forward now to playing the semis here", Kerber added.

And it was the German 29-year-old who took control of the second set with a break.

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"I don't know. Just stay tuned, right?" she said. "But I felt good".

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's erratic serving and errors to return to the last four.

Serena will go into her 30th Grand Slam final - her first since winning the 2017 Australian Open - holding a 6-2 lead in her head to head record against Kerber.

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.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

Ostapenko was more efficient, serving her match out at love and converting her first match point with her 14th backhand victor.

After losing the first set in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Serena Williams looked dejected and confused.

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.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.

Li said she did not miss playing on the tour, but did miss the rough and tumble of testing herself against the best.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents.