Serena Williams storms back to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Serena Williams storms back to reach Wimbledon semifinals

"Just before the tournament began on Saturday, little Olympia took to her Instagram to share that she was "#Wimbledon ready", to root for her tennis champ mom.

Waiting to take her on will be a certain Serena Williams - a player who knows what it takes to succeed at Wimbledon having already triumphed at the All England Club seven times.

Hungry as ever, Serena Williams expressed huge relief after surviving her first scare of the tournament to remain firmly on track for an eighth Wimbledon women's singles crown - and first as a mother.

Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena? A buzz came over Centre Court with people seemingly trying to make sense of it all.

She figured out Giorgi's strong serve, avoided any break points and had just four unforced errors.

Or when, about 10 minutes later, she stretched for a lunging backhand victor to break at love and take control of the third set, then raised a fist, figuring a berth in her 11th semifinal at the All England Club was close at hand. "I do follow women's tennis", she said pointedly. Williams will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who beat American Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-4.

"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. No. 20 Kiki Bertens. She advanced Monday with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Belinda Bencic and will next face Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation.

"I'm always striving for perfection". I think it will be really a good match. I was not thinking too much about the match points.

The other matchup on the top half of the draw is No. 9 John Isner against No. 13 Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the 2016 semifinals before losing in the final.

Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko plays former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

In a match suspended from Monday night due to darkness with the Argentine star two sets to one ahead, Del Potro sealed victory on a fifth match point after nearly four and a half hours of action on Court Two. "I just tried to fight for every point", the 29-year-old said after finally reaching the last four of a major on her 42nd attempt.

For Nadal, this marks a return.

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

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