Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Julia Goerges advances to Wimbledon semi-final to face Serena Williams

Julia Goerges advances to Wimbledon semi-final to face Serena Williams

Kerber needed seven match points to close out No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 7-5 at Centre Court, while Ostapenko defeated 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-4 on a windy No. 1 Court.

"If we look back to the other Grand Slams in the last one or two years, we've always got surprises", said Germany's Julia Görges when asked about it. Görges' first five Wimbledon campaigns ended in the first round, but this year the 29-year-old reached the quarterfinals with a straight set victory against Donna Vekic.

Though she was able to halt Williams' momentum and a run of four successive games, Giorgi could not prevent her from forcing a third set, the 36-year-old letting out a huge roar as she clinched the second. From then on, the result felt inevitable as she served beautifully, levelling the match and then, after a stunning backhand to break for 2-1 in the decider, she eased through the set, serving out to love to take her place in the last four.

The Italian blasted her serve with abandon, taking little off the pace on her second serves, and attacked short balls, seemingly disinterested in any margin for error.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour.

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Giorgi appeared a bit salty - maybe that's her normal demeanor - as she shook hands with Williams at the net after the match and quickly grabbed her bag and walked off the court.

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The Swiss maestro has already defeated the first four opponents and is set to face Kevin Anderson in the quarters.

Del Potro was thrashed by the Spaniard in the French Open semi-finals last month but feels his game matches up better against the No.1 on grass despite losing their only two meetings on the surface. Evgeniya Rodina, another mother beaten by Williams yesterday, 6-2, 6-2, did the decent thing and said the American was her idol. Williams, herself, responded with a smile. "But I feel like every time I lose, I get better", she said.

Williams is 3-0 against Goerges, winning in straight sets each time. "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great", Williams said afterwards.

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.

"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added. ". I would try to go around her more, rather than through her".

But this nerveless comeback was a sight familiar to all who have admired Williams' warrior instincts throughout a Wimbledon career stretching back 20 years. She won a Grand Slam, as well.

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