Serena drops first set but zooms into semis

11 Juillet, 2018, 08:55 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates winning the fourth round match against Taiwan's Su Wei Hsieh. Andrew Couldridge Reuters

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.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon two years ago.

The favorite, though, is No. 25 Serena Williams, who has won all four of her matches at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It worked in her favor in the early-going: The 52nd-ranked Giorgi, 26, became the first to win a set against Williams in the tournament.

The 36-year-old's quarter-final escape act set up a last four showdown with German 13th seed Julia Goerges on Thursday.

Pliskova crashed to a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) to big-hitting Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, leaving 11th seed Angelique Kerber as the highest-ranked player left in the wide open draw. "But I feel like I'm back".

Watched from the stands by her friend and mega-star rapper Drake, Serena struggled to hit the right notes in the first set.

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.

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Goerges, seeded 13th, will tackle American Williams as the tournament's top server, having racked up 44 aces so far at these Championships.

World No 52 Giorgi blasted 20 winners and really took it to Williams, taking the first set thanks to one break, in the sixth game.

After losing the first set in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Serena Williams looked dejected and confused. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents.

Williams took the set in convincing fashion, 6-3, and yelled her trademark, "Come on!" as she clinched the final point. Ostapenko started slowly in her 7-5, 6-4 win over Cibulkova, while Kerber suffered four breaks against Kasatkina-three of which came in succession at the close of the second set. Pliskova had been the only female player in the top 10 to reach the fourth round, the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era following a slew of upsets in the first week.

Kevin Anderson insists he is a "very risky player" who can "trouble" defending champion Roger Federer in their Wimbledon quarter-final showdown. ". I would try to go around her more, rather than through her". "These are the matches we work so hard for, me and my whole team". Serena? I don´t follow tennis, although I saw her in action.

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