Serena sets sights on eighth Wimbledon title

Annette Crawford
July 12, 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 Italian took the first set six games to three.

And it would be a first as a mum - or should that be second, given the American was in the early stages of pregnancy while claiming the Australian Open in 2017?

In February, in her first competitive match in more than a year, she moved slowly while playing a Fed Cup doubles match with her sister, Venus. "She (Ostapenko) won a Grand Slam, as well".

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.

Nine-time Wimbledon champion and BBC pundit Martina Navratilova said: "She's been healthy here, hitting the ball hard and the seas have parted for her". In fact, photographers have captured Drake, 31, courtside at Williams' matches since 2011.

Referencing her dismal form previous year, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that".

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.

Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favorite once again, with the top-10 seeds all eliminated.

The fifth-seeded del Potro failed to convert four match points when serving at 5-4 in the fourth set, but maintained his composure to close out the contest with his first opportunity in the tiebreaker that followed.

"We are here in the semis and they are all tough opponents and you have to play at your best", Kerber said.

"I think the serve, it's one of the points I have more - I mean, I can't complain about my serve", Giorgi said. "But I feel like every time I lose, I get better", she said. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

"I'm just enjoying the moment".

"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all".

That was winning majors, and Williams enters the semifinals as the lowest-seeded player (25th) remaining in this year's Wimbledon tournament.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

Will Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams' charge?

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. She gave birth to daughter Olympia in September. She faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina, just two weeks after beating the Russian in a third-set tiebreaker on the grass courts of Eastbourne, tying their head-to-head record at 3-3.

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