Kerber, Ostapenko reach Wimbledon semis

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She fought back to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a fiercely contested quarter-final on Tuesday.

July 10, 2018 Serena Williams of the action during her quarter final match against Italy's Camila Giorgi. "Even when I was down the first set", Williams who ended with 24 winners and only nine unforced errors, said.

But that lifted a weight off her shoulders at the All England Club, where she has become the first Latvian to make a Wimbledon semi-final. Bertens won the first set 6-3 and was close to victory in the second before losing it 5 games to 7.

The 36-year-old Williams was absent from the All England Club in 2017 due to her pregnancy, and played her first Grand Slam since giving birth at the French Open last month when she reached fourth round. That prediction has held true so far, as the holder of 23 Grand Slam titles chases her eighth Wimbledon Tray, in her quest of another trophy for the record books.

Serena Williams has warned her Wimbledon rivals that she is nowhere near her best despite powering into the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

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

After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed past year, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.

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.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

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"I took the risk of changing everything, " she said. "Just the fewer the better for me!"

Ostapenko's winning streak is intimidating, but Kerber can feel confident after refining her own game. "I feel like I'm back, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I was". "It's now all gone", Ostapenko said. "But whatever happens it's a great moment for me and incredible motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Serena added.

The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16-minute first set but faced break points for the first time in this tournament, saving all four.

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.

Angelique Kerber, the German 11th seed, faces former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final.

"This is tennis. Nobody is walking on the court saying OK, I'll give you a free match".

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

Shocks decimated the women's draw early on but there is no real surprise that three of the players in Thursday's semi-finals are Grand Slam champions.

Giorgi, Kasatkina, Bertens and Goerges will each be making her debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. She hasn't had to try very hard to win her points against an error-prone Ostapenko.