Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams breezes past Evgeniya Rodina and into quarter-finals

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

On Tuesday, Williams was one step closer to winning her first major as a mother, as she came back from a set down to beat Giorgi (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.

"I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong", she said.

"Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise, to be here, to be in the semi-finals", she said. To be here. To be in the semifinals. "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'".

Against an opponent as formidable as Williams, simply trying to beat her at a power-game is a tall order.

So what if Giorgi wouldn't seem to miss while moving out to that early lead?

After losing the first set in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Serena Williams looked dejected and confused. I just kept fighting.

"No. Just to be clear, that was just today". Maybe I'll tweet to him if I win on Wednesday. I honestly have no idea about either.

Next up for the 36-year-old American is a match against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victor against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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.

(11) A Kerber d. No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

But Goerges kept on believing as she recovered from 4-1 down in the second to level up proceedings when Bertens swiped a backhand into the tramlines on the German's third set point.

Her loss marks the first time in the Open era that any major has featured a quarterfinal round without a top-10 seed on either the men's or women's side, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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Williams is into the 35th Grand Slam semifinal of her career and her first since winning last year's Australian Open.

That is going to change now. Serena Williams, 51? Eh, it doesn't have that same ring to it.

It was her first frame she dropped during her 2018 campaign and ended an astounding 20-set win streak at the All England Club, dating back to 2016.

"My arm is, like, amazing", Williams said. I don't know. I still have a lot of matches to win.

Through her four Wimbledon matches last week, Williams carefully had calibrated the speed of her serves, taking care not to aggravate the injured pectoral muscle that had forced her withdrawal midway through the French Open last month.

"It was great matches", Giorgi said in her postmatch news conference. It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi, who had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings, overpowered the American to take the first set, hitting more winners and aces. I just tried to fight for every point.

It was Manic Monday at the All England Club, and the day definitely lived up to the hype as virtually everyone took the court and madness ensued. She advanced Monday with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Belinda Bencic and will next face Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation.

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