Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

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.

When tennis champion Serena Williams competed Tuesday at Wimbledon, eventually defeating Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi, she had an old friend cheering her on - her ex, Drake.

"It was tougher than the scoreline", Williams said. "To be here. To be in the semifinals". But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

"I'm here just to prove that I'm back, and I feel like I'm back".

"But I'm going to prepare well for it, going to be probably long rallies".

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.

But this is uncharted territory for Goerges, who was in her first Grand Slam semi-final after losing in the first round on her five previous visits to Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Ostapenko also achieved a win in straight sets against Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-4.

Williams never was anxious about losing.

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble.' Sometimes I feel, 'I can fight.' For whatever reason, today I was so calm", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings as a precaution after a blood-clot scare following her daughter's birth.

Giorgi will break back into the top 50 thanks to her best-ever run at Wimbledon, where she has only once previously made the second week, back in 2012.

"I said, 'All right, ' " said Williams, who hadn't dropped a set the entire tournament before Tuesday.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

Bertens built a 4-1 lead in the second set with Pliskova appearing to lack energy at times - occasionally making little attempt to chase balls down. It's an honour to play Serena.

She has bounced back in 2018, winning more than 75 percent of her matches and a title while racking up 10 wins vs. top-20 players.

But she failed in her bid to become the first Dutchwoman to make the Wimbledon last four since Betty Stove in 1977.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian and US Open champion, reached her second Wimbledon final after easing past Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.

The 21-year-old Latvian, the youngest player remaining in the women's draw, next faces Cibulkova.

Being able to carry this upsurge in momentum into a last-four match with Williams is another matter altogether. "These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid".

'It would take an unbelievable serving performance and for Roger had a bad serving day to cause an upset'.

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