Talking points ahead of the Wimbledon women's semi-finals

Talking points ahead of the Wimbledon women's semi-finals

Williams reached an 11th semi-final at Wimbledon, despite dropping her first set at this year's championships against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

The 29-year-old dropped the first set to Dutch 20th seed Bertens but fought back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

"Even when I was down the first set, I thought, "Well, she's playing great".

Angelique Kerber in a serious match pulled out a victory over Darya Kasatkina and for the seventh time in his career he reached the semi-finals of the Grand slam tournament. She faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina, just two weeks after beating the Russian in a third-set tiebreaker on the grass courts of Eastbourne, tying their head-to-head record at 3-3.

Williams said her sister Venus - a five-time Wimbledon champion - had already offered to coach Olympia if she wants to play tennis. "I'm fighting to the end and it helps me, gives me more confidence", said the youngest player left in the draw.

Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory, her 91st here, when Giorgi pushed a forehand into the net.

Despite getting a first-set runaround from the pocket-sized Italian, who was enjoying her best run at a grand slam, Williams stayed unusually calm, though insists it was a one-off.

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Williams lifted her intensity in the second set, avoiding any break points as she secured one break of her own.

"I would hope she doesn't", she said.

"Neither of us remember my first steps, but the lessons I learned from the way she lives life are so appreciated", posted @KashifPasta. Camila served brilliantly to reduce the tally but the Serena's unrelenting attack sustained the gap to 5-3.

There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 miles per hour service victor to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, "Cooome ooon!"

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.

"It was great matches", Giorgi said in her postmatch news conference.

Cibulkova did her best to try and hang on but the Slovakian was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand victor on her first match point to reach the last four without dropping a set in this year's tournament. However, the 13th seed has proved she knows how to win a close match.

Facing Williams on top form is a daunting task for any opponent, but Goerges may feel emboldened after the way she rallied to see off Bertens. "A lot", she said. "I feel like I'm back, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I was".

With Kerber still here too, it marks the first time in the Open era - since tennis went professional in 1968 - that there have been two Germans in the women's semi-finals.

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