Wimbledon 2018 Women's Semi-Finals

Lynette Rowe
July 14, 2018

Goerges, who had never played in a quarter-final of a Major before these Championships, defeated Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 on Court 1.

But, to the relief of Rena's Army, Williams came back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, making the semifinals of just her second Slam back from maternity leave.

"I don't know what I did", Williams told the BBC after the match.

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

She'll face Germany's Julia Gorges in the semifinals on Thursday at the All England Club. Bertens won the first set 6-3 and was close to victory in the second before losing it 5 games to 7.

Angelique Kerber in a serious match pulled out a victory over Darya Kasatkina and for the seventh time in his career he reached the semi-finals of the Grand slam tournament.

Williams said her sister Venus - a five-time Wimbledon champion - had already offered to coach Olympia if she wants to play tennis.

Hungry as ever, Serena Williams expressed huge relief after surviving her first scare of the tournament to remain firmly on track for an eighth Wimbledon women's singles crown - and first as a mother.

Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game.

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Despite getting a first-set runaround from the pocket-sized Italian, who was enjoying her best run at a grand slam, Williams stayed unusually calm, though insists it was a one-off. 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.

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

There was a controlled fury about Williams's play, and when she conjured an off-balance backhand victor to break in the third game of the decider, the outcome was inevitable.

"I'm here just to prove that I'm back, and I feel like I'm back".

Ostapenko's winning streak is intimidating, but Kerber can feel confident after refining her own game. Winning the first break to go 4-2 up, she then held off three break points in her next service game, before serving out for the set in her next one.

In contrast, Goerges is in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left. Ostapenko backhand goes wide and Kerber raises her arms in jubiliation.

Goerges, like Williams, recovered from falling a set behind against good friend and occasional doubles partner Kiki Bertens to record a landmark win. The last time two German women reached any Grand Slam semifinals was at the 1993 French Open, featuring Steffi Graf and Anke Huber. Goerges is battling on but Serena isn't conceding an inch on her serve. Meanwhile, Ostapenko also achieved a win in straight sets against Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-4.

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