Serena Williams into Wimbledon semifinals for 11th time after Giorgi battle


Seven-time champion Williams has won all three of her meetings with first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Camila Giorgi, with the most recent coming in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open.

Kerber needed seven match points to close out No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 7-5 at Centre Court, while Ostapenko defeated 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-4 on a windy No. 1 Court.

And Drake looked proud as he turned up to support Serena Williams during her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. "I won the first set, and then she played well, but I'm happy with the way I played".

The American star faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semis hoping to book a 10th final appearance at the All England Club.

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

Serena Williams had to come from a set down to unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time. "But I notice she plays that way against everybody". But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start.

Julia Goerges of Germany celebrates breaking the serve of Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their women's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018. That year, Cilly Aussem and Hilde Krahwinkel went on to set up the only all-German women's final in Grand Slam history.

Williams lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own. "It's a great opportunity for me to meet her at that stage". "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever".

In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova. "I still have a long way to go to be where I was".

"I am fighting till the end and it helps me gain more confidence".

It was the first frame she dropped during her 2018 campaign and ended an astounding 20-set win streak at the All England Club, dating back to 2016.

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

In a tight match with Kiki Bertens, who also seemed to have made a bit of a breakthrough on the surface, being primarily known as a clay courter, she found herself having to come from behind to claim her berth in the semi-finals. "I went for it", Serena said. Just having two in the last four again is a boost to the country's tennis, Goerges said.

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. "She (Ostapenko) won a Grand Slam, as well".