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Wimbledon: Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

Wimbledon: Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

In front of a Centre Court crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Drake, Giorgi stood inside the baseline to return the Williams serve, never yielding ground and pushing the American to withstand her power.

Contesting just her fourth tournament following 16 months of maternity leave either side of the birth of daughter Alexis Olympia last September, Williams will play German 13th seed Julia Goerges in her 11th semi-final at The All England Club on Thursday.

Serena Williams celebrates winning a point.

After a series of upsets made this edition of Wimbledon the first since it began seeding players in the 1920s that none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals, Nos.

In the last men's quarterfinal, which was suspended because of darkness after the third set Monday night, 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated Gilles Simon of France, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5). Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great.

"I don't follow tennis", the Italian said when the subject of Williams' return came up before today's quarter-final.

She beat the ninth-seeded Venus Williams in the third round after coming from a break down in the third set. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

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"I faced a thousand and three seeds in my life, so I'm okay with that", Williams responded when asked if she would have preferred stiffer tests.

After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed previous year, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.

After going a couple of weeks without hitting a serve, Williams has regained her ability with that stroke nicely at Wimbledon. She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

The key game was when Williams powered to a 2-1 lead in the decisive set, against the serve, without conceding a point.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be".

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 miles per hour, gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.


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