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Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena

Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena
Noah Ferguson | 14 July, 2018, 05:33

Julia Goerges snapped a long losing streak at Wimbledon this year, reaching the semi-final for the first time, where she will face seven-time champion Serena Williams.

"It was tougher than the scoreline", Williams said. "To be here. To be in the semifinals".

"I'm always striving for perfection". The Italian took the first set six games to three. I just felt calm. "But I feel like I'm back".

Seeded 11th, Kerber seems to be approaching something close to her 2016 peak, when she won her two grand slam titles and reached the final at Wimbledon.

That is going to change now.

She fought back to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a fiercely contested quarter-final on Tuesday.

Williams never was anxious about losing. "I play a great level today", she said. "But also, I've never been ranked where I am", Williams said Monday after her fourth straight-set victory of the fortnight. There's a lot of things that I don't know if you can tell, but I really need to work on. "I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

Angelique Kerber has reached the semifinals at Wimbledon for a third time.

Kerber is a former No. 1 who owns two Grand Slam titles and was the runner-up to Williams at the All England Club two years ago.

Men's quarterfinals: Kevin Anderson beat Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11; John Isner beat Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3; Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

There were many of them - not least her mighty serve.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double-faults, but took a while to end things. In a tournament where the top 10 women's players have been eliminated, Giorgi hadn't faced a seeded player since her first-round win over No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova.

"It is a great opportunity to play Serena here where she has won so many times and is a great champion".

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. Kerber 2-0 in the second set. For the first time at this year's Wimbledon, she had lost a set.

After four routine service games, Bertens, making her seventh appearance at the All England Club, was forced to dig deep to hold and produced when it mattered.

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. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". Goerges BREAKS Serena! Game on.

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. 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.

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