Angelique Kerber opens up on Wimbledon shock and Serena Williams

Lynette Rowe
July 11, 2018

"After the first set, I just said, 'Let's go three sets.' I just kept fighting".

"This is only my fourth tournament back", Williams said. "For me, there's so much further I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that".

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents.

That is going to change now.

Williams dropped her first set at this tournament as the 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced an impressive display of power and accuracy in the opener.

Williams, however, lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own. 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.

"I think when they play Serena, they try to play their game, but they're just not good enough", Navratilova said.

Serena Williams continues to close in on a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles crown after advancing to her 11th Wimbledon semifinal.

Ostapenko struggled with the pressure of defending her maiden Grand Slam title, losing in the first round of the recent French Open.

Kerber takes on Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal.

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Serena Williams, who lost a set for the first time at this year's Wimbledon, came back to win the final two sets 6-3, 6-4.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

Bertens built a 4-1 lead in the second set with Pliskova appearing to lack energy at times - occasionally making little attempt to chase balls down.

The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left. "It's great to be in the semis", Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.

"It was great matches", Giorgi said in her postmatch news conference. Nadal reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinal since 2011, winning in straight sets, and will have to beat Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon to make the semifinals.

Williams conceded four games in the entire match as she cruised past Rodina, who was simply unable to compete with the American.

The 21-year-old Latvian, the youngest player remaining in the women's draw, next faces Cibulkova. I'm just thinking about my next match, which is tomorrow.

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

Rebounding from her shock first-round elimination in her Roland Garros title defence, Ostapenko has marched through the Wimbledon draw without dropping a set.

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.

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