Wimbledon: Serena into semis after fighting back to beat unheralded opponent

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Three out of the four semifinalists are Grand Slam champions: Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko. Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men's or women's side, according to ESPN Stats & Information. You could understand the 13th seed's bewilderment, after she came from a set down against Kiki Bertens to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

Runner-up at The All England Club two years ago, as well as winning the 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns, Kerber looks on a mission to atone for a disappointing season in the slams in 2017.

"It's definitely family before tennis for me", she said to Harper's Bazaar UK.

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.

Even when Serena was on the brink of losing the set, she managed to hit a 122 miles per hour serve, her fastest of the tournament. Williams is 3-0 against Giorgi in the singles format.

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.

Rodina left the court for a few minutes at the end of the first set but when she returned Williams continued her domination with an early break in the second. "I'm just here just to be here and to prove that I'm back".

The 13th-seeded Goerges had never made it past the third round in her 10 previous appearances at the All England Club and had gone out in the first round for the past five years.

An excellent return put her in position to gain two break points, but Giorgi let the opportunity slip by hitting a backhand long, and she paid the price as Williams held and then broke for the first time in the match, finding the angle with a rasping forehand. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

Serena's miracle run at Wimbledon, just her fourth tournament back from maternity leave, couldn't really be ending here on Centre Court against Camila Giorgi, the 52nd-ranked player in the world, could it?

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