Serena Williams storms back to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Kristopher Nichols
July 11, 2018

The 26-year-old, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, was the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

The two-time Grand Slam champion from Germany defeated No. 14 Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 on Centre Court to reach the semifinals at the All England Club for a third time.

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

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

Williams missed last year's Wimbledon as she was pregnant with her first child.

Two-time grand slam victor Angelique Kerber faces 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal after the pair downed Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5 and Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4, respectively.

"I said to her, "You don't have to be sorry", Bertens said.

Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

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"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought".

"I'm just looking forward to my next match". It also means she now has 90 Wimbledon wins, the most amongst active female players and she has not dropped a set yet in this tournament.

When Serena broke again for a 2-1 lead in the final set, the American whirled and pumped her arms. "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great", Williams said afterwards.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double faults, but took a while to end things.

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

The 30-year-old German, a former world number one and the highest-ranked woman left at the championships, battled to a 6-3 7-5 victory on Centre Court. It's the first time making it to the final eight at any major for Giorgi and Goerges. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets.

Djokovic plays Kei Nishikori on Wednesday for a spot in the last four, while a one-day turnaround prior to facing Nadal is hardly the ideal preparation for Del Potro.

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