Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

"I hate losing. That's no secret", the 23-times major victor said after digging deep to deny Camila Giorgi a famous victory with a rousing 3-6 6-3 6-4 quarter-final comeback win over the unseeded Italian.

Kerber has a chance to set up a rematch with Williams after losing the 2016 final to the American - although if she and Goerges win, it would be the first all-German women's final since 1931.

Giorgi, playing in her maiden major quarterfinal, threatened an upset by winning the first set, and led 30-0 on Williams' serve at 1-1 in the second. "I won the first set, and then she played well, but I'm happy with the way I played".

The 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open champion is not tempted to make a comeback of her own, as she watches seven-time Wimbledon victor Williams compete at the All England Club for the first time since the United States great won the 2016 title. Williams hasn't lost a set against Goerges in three previous matches, including a victory last month at the French Open (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 32.

She said: "I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be". She hit one at 122 miles per hour against Giorgi, delivered six of her seven aces in the final set, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served. Bartoli's view is that the American is motivated by wanting to win for her daughter Olympia.

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"I'm looking forward now to playing the semis here", she added.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

"I'm not exhausted at all", she said. "I'll just keep fighting", Williams said.

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Addiechi added that it was not a "proactive campaign" but said "we'll take action against things that are wrong". He estimated up to 10 times more unreported cases where Russian women were targeted.

Ostapenko's winning streak is intimidating, but Kerber can feel confident after refining her own game.

Russian youngster Kasatkina broke back when Kerber first served for the match, and then saved six match points during an epic final game. "For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back where I was - and hopefully go beyond that".

Williams, who hasn't faced a player ranked inside the top 40 en route to the last four, will next face 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany or 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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. Ostapenko double faults at breakpoint as Kerber clinches the first set 6-3. When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last.

Elena Ostapenko their way into the semi-final took the match with the former fourth racket of the world Dominika Cibulkova.

Angelique Kerber, the German 11th seed, faces former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi-final.

Serena Williams shrugged off the toughest test of her Wimbledon comeback after battling through to the semi-finals.

Giorgi, Kasatkina, Bertens and Goerges will each be making her debut in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

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