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Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

12 July 2018

LONDON-It was clear right from the opening game of Angelique Kerber's Wimbledon semifinal how things were going to go.

Williams beat the big-serving German at the French Open last month before injury curtailed her first Grand Slam since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last September.

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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!"

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber made just seven unforced errors as she saw off an early barrage of Ostapenko winners to break twice in the first set. "But also, I've never been ranked where I am", Williams said Monday after her fourth straight-set victory of the fortnight.

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But Giorgi plays with nary a trace of subtlety and more than a bit of abandon, taking risky, flat chops at the ball with serves, returns, forehands and backhands.

However, Kerber's consistency and equanimity trumped Kasatkina's aggression and boldness. Kasatkina was starting to find her groove and attempting to be more aggressive, firing a stunning forehand passing victor to grab the immediate break back and ultimately levelled the scores at 2-2 with a simple service hold.

Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual dominant self on the grass courts. Up 5-4, Williams got to serve for the match, and she won the game easily.

Angelique Kerber defeated Daria Kasatkina to clinch a semi final berth in this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old.

Jelena Ostapenko ended Dominika Cibulkova's tournament.

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"I was expecting a close match".

Williams bounced back in the second, breaking in the fourth, from which point she never looked back, further holds of serves from both players seeing the American take it 6-3.

After more than a week of sizzling 30°C temperatures, the players struggled to find their range on a chilly and blustery Court One. I'm going to practise tomorrow, recover and get ready for the semi-finals'.

While it was clear that both didn't have a strong second serve, the ability to limit the unforced errors from it went to the 30-year-old, who only had 19 compared to Bencic having double the amount. Ostapenko hit lines as she unloaded her heavy artillery down on Cibulkova, breaking to love.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

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The pair traded breaks once more, but Ostapenko continued to keep her nose in front and eventually wrapped up the win.

Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals