Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Serena passes Giorgi test… just

Serena passes Giorgi test… just

Kiki Bertens celebrates victory against Venus Williams.

Yes, no matter what the rankings or seedings say, she still looks as if she's capable of playing like someone who's No. 1.

Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world number 52 Camila Giorgi became the first player in this year's tournament to take a set off the former world number one. "I feel good. I feel like I did better today, I had to". I was just trying to stay focused on my serve.

Williams, asked whether she's felt any pressure during this tournament, said, "This is only my fourth tournament back". Hopefully, it doesn't come full circle and my gloating come back to haunt me in the shape of Anderson playing lights out!

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

I'm also going to a Wimbledon Experience post-tournament as quite a few things have changed since I last wrote about tickets etc.

Goerges will face seven-time champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals on Thursday.

One break in each of the three sets was all that decided the fixture, as Williams mimicked Giorgi's guarded game after going a break up in the first, completing a polished performance in a little less than two hours. She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors. His strengths are massaging the ball around the court with precision so once he found some rhythm he was able to produce some nice points but with no real power there just aren't any free points coming his way.

"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought".

"I was down in the first set but I kept fighting".

Serena fought back from a set down to defeat the daring Giorgi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. As you have already guessed, it's Wimbledon time.

(13) J Goerges d.

The 36-year-old is more renowned for defending tennis titles than forward defences, but this dexterous left-handed shot displayed his innate sporting talent.

Through her four Wimbledon matches last week, Williams carefully had calibrated the speed of her serves, taking care not to aggravate the injured pectoral muscle that had forced her withdrawal midway through the French Open last month.

"I was expecting a close match". In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Ostapenko is within sight of a second grand slam crown in 13 months after surging into the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.

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