Serena keeps calm and carries on past Giorgi

Serena keeps calm and carries on past Giorgi

In her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final, Williams was yesterday to face Italian world No. 52 Camila Giorgi.

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.

Jelena Ostapenko showed all her "fighting" qualities to defeat Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 and become the first Latvian to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals.

Li Na said she was stunned by Serena Williams' impressive comeback from giving birth and said her old rival has a golden chance to reclaim her Wimbledon crown. Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great. 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.

Serena Williams had to come from a set down to unseeded Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 11th time.

When Williams hit a forehand long to hand Giorgi the set, it looked possible that her quest for a 24th and possibly most remarkable Grand Slam title might be in peril.

Williams responded by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi's serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.

She said: "I think this match today was an example how much I've grown in this department, how much I've accepted.

We've played so many tough matches", said Kerber, who sealed the win on her seventh match point and is the highest seeded player remaining in the draw.

Giorgi had a bright start to the match, possibly catching Williams a little tired as she is still working her way back from the 14-month leave.

With Kerber also advancing, it is the first time two German women will play in the Wimbledon semifinals since 1931. Giorgi reduced the tally but the set proceeded with serve to end 6-3 for Serena.

Gorges, 29, says it is an "honour" to share the court with Williams and that it is a reward for her decision three years ago to "start from zero" by changing her coach and physio and moving from the north to the south of Germany. Now I'm just relaxed, I take care of the family and my husband helps a lot, so that makes it much easier for me. She appeared emotional and relieved at the match's conclusion as she clinched her fists in victory and took a deep breath while smiling proudly.

Russian youngster Kasatkina broke back when Kerber first served for the match, and then saved six match points during an epic final game.

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. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this. "I went for it", Serena said.

Rapper friend Drake and fellow singer Justin Timberlake were among those rooting for her on Centre Court. Kerber, a two-time Grand Slam champion who was runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, will be playing former French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday. "She (Ostapenko) won a Grand Slam, as well". "Being a mom is totally different", she said.