Serena drops first set but zooms into semis

Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Incredibly, Goerges had won only five matches in 10 previous visits to The All England Club - and none in the past five years - before arriving last week.

As Serena Williams prepares for her 35th Grand Slam semi-final, the American star says a fear of failure is driving her bid for an eighth Wimbledon title.

But beneath the surface, the 36-year-old insisted she is feeling unusually calm as she enters the business end of the tournament. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the first set and the Swiss never looked back.

Williams, asked whether she's felt any pressure during this tournament, said, "This is only my fourth tournament back".

"I just felt calm. I'm doing a lot of the right things'". "Honestly, I highly doubt it!" I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth.

Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 30th Grand Slam final berth.

However, Williams lifted her intensity to level, before closing out the match to move a step closer to reclaiming the title she won in 2016.

"You're only as good as your last win". Commenting on the matter before the championships commenced, Martina Navratilova said: "Forget the rankings; Serena is a contender for the title".

Kerber and Ostapenko is the more intriguing of the two semi-final clashes, with little to choose between the two in terms of style and confidence. But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'.


The Canadian rapper, 31, couldn't help but smile as he showed up to another of the icon's grand slam tennis matches, with the star vying for her 24th single Grand Slam title, and her first since welcoming baby daughter Alexis in September.

"These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

The 29-year-old had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

Williams, relieved, stood on the baseline, smiling and fist-pumping, before meeting Goerges for handshakes at the net.

"She's great player. It's going to be a battle".

"I think the serve, it's one of the points I have more - I mean, I can't complain about my serve", Giorgi said.

Serena Williams will face Julia Goerges in the semi-final of the women's bracket at Wimbledon 2018 on Thursday, the same day Angelique Kerber will meet Jelena Ostapenko in the last four.

But she failed in her bid to become the first Dutchwoman to make the Wimbledon last four since Betty Stove in 1977. I'm just here just to be here and to prove that I'm back. "It's so much fun".

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