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Serena Williams plays down Wimbledon title talk despite record run

14 July, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Williams never was anxious about losing.

Williams has often blasted her rivals off Centre Court with ferocious power-hitting, but German 13th seed Goerges was sent packing with a more subtle 70-minute display featuring just 16 winners and five aces.

"To really share this feeling with her (Kerber), with a nation, I think that's something which is pretty special, " she said. "That is where I put my focus on right now, not about the results I had before". I don't know. I still have a lot of matches to win.

"Just to be clear, that was just today".

"I'm not exhausted at all", she said. I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest.

Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarterfinals.

The other semifinal Thursday will be No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany vs. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. She has seven Grand Slam titles at the grass court tournament.

The one time Williams lost a service game, cutting her second-set lead to 3-2, she broke right back at love to start a three-game streak that ended things.

The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left. And so is No. 25, Williams.

But that lifted a weight off her shoulders at the All England Club, where she has become the first Latvian to make a Wimbledon semi-final.

"To be here, to be in the semi-finals".

That is going to change now.

Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia watch the action during the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 10, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena's dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment. "The "1" part does, but not the '5'".

There were no signs of stage-fright from Giorgi in her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she took the first set.

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

"I was expecting a close match".

She went a couple of weeks without practicing serves, and the rest did wonders.

Williams hit serves up to 118 miles per hour, delivering 10 aces, including four in one game.

"Every time I play Giorgi, she always plays that level", Williams told the BBC.

The next time Giorgi served, it did. She harbors no compunction about striving for a point-ending victor with every stroke.

At only her fourth tournament since returning from maternity leave, Williams is now just two matches away from an eighth Wimbledon title and equalling Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

Julia Goerges of Germany celebrates breaking the serve of Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their women's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018.

Angelique Kerber admitted nerves nearly got the better of her after needing seven match points to see off Russian youngster Daria Kasatkina.

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

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.

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