Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Wimbledon 2018: Ostapenko, Kerber clinch semifinal spot

Wimbledon 2018: Ostapenko, Kerber clinch semifinal spot

Rodina called Williams her idol and one look at Williams' performance it was clear to see why.

Williams may not have won a major in 18 months, but one wouldn't have guessed it judging by the four consecutive straight-set wins she'd taken en route to the quarter-finals in London this year.

The absence of the top 10 seeds leaves the tournament open, but for some that is no surprise.

Kerber will next face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who became the first Latvian woman to reach a Wimbledon semifinal with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova.

In the fourth quarterfinal, 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany faced former French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens, with both players having reached the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

"No. I mean, to be honest, I am not feeling the pressure because I am not looking on the seeded or who is left or not", she said.

"I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be", Williams said.

Williams opted not to challenge when she saw a shot called long, although Hawk-Eye proved it was actually in, and Giorgi went on to bring up two break points, with Serena then mis-hitting wide to surrender the game. The American's overall record in this round is 29-5, and her only loss in the final four of The Championships was to Venus Williams in 2000, by 6-2, 7-6 (3). She had never even got to the quarter-finals of a major tournament before, let alone the semi-finals.

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

"I didn't expect it, honestly", said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years.

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.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis". After losing the first set, Williams was able to turn her game around and defeat Giorgi.

She gained the first two break points in the sixthh game, Serena saved the first with a massive second serve to Giorgi's body but the No.52 found depth and power to force the No.25 seed in defence.

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