Williams marches on to her 10th Wimbledon semifinal

Kristopher Nichols
July 14, 2018

The pair traded breaks once more, but Ostapenko continued to keep her nose in front and eventually wrapped up the win.

The 21-year-old Latvian former French Open champion looked in trouble with her Belarusian opponent racing into a 5-2 lead after delivering a superb lob.

A delightful drop shot saw the Latvian bring the set back on serve, however, before a backhand victor down the line delivered a break that left her to successfully serve for a 1-0 lead. It was the Latvian who gained the upper hand early with another powerful forehand to take a 2-1 lead.

For the first time in the tournament the 36-year-old was seriously challenged as unseeded Giorgi fought fire with fire to claim the first set on Centre Court.

Serena Williams has won the second set to level her Wimbledon quarterfinal with Camila Giorgi.

The Slovakian's patience was tested again when a backhand she struck onto the baseline was called out.

Federer was in blinding form during the first set, which blazed by in 16 minutes, but after the Swiss missed four break points in the opening game of the second set, Mannarino made more of a match of it.

She will now meet Julia Goerges in Thursday's semi-final to play for a place in a 10th Wimbledon final.

"Even when I was down the first set, I thought, "well, she's playing great, I'm doing a lot of the right things".

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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. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets.

"2017 is over and I don't have to worry about it", Kerber said. I was not thinking too much about the match points.

Yet to drop a set, she credits her grass court preparation at Eastbourne the week before the Championships began for getting her ready: "I just practiced really well before Eastbourne, then played Eastbourne and came here".

"It was really strong and then I needed to ice it!"

Beaten in the 2016 final by Serena Williams, Kerber said: "I was expecting a very tough and close match against Daria".

She may have to do so again when she faces Ostapenko, who has been playing here with the same freedom that won the French Open a year ago. Finally, it's gone. Now it's another tournament, another great opportunity for me.

"Today I showed everything that I can do, all my shots, emotions and stuff". I think I'm serving very well this tournament. "I'm hoping I can channel that all the time, but one day at a time". Whether it is off her unorthodox forehand or her fierce two-handed backhand, virtually every stroke she plays is an attempted victor. My coach wants me to go for the shots. "This is all I'm focussing on".

She repeatedly went for winners on her service returns, a strategy that helped her break Cibulkova five times. This appeared to boost Kerber, 30, and she soon found her range to move 4-1 ahead in the opener.

Goerges turned out to be an unstoppable force as she won eight of the last nine games to subdue her friend, whose lunging effort on match point rolled into the bottom of the net.

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