Serena passes Giorgi test… just

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Her opponent on Friday, Julia Goerges, is seeded 13th.

Williams advanced with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy.

But as 29-year-old Rodina moved slowly from one side of the court to the other between points, offering little in terms of attack - aside from a break in the fifth game of the second set - it was clear that while they shared the bond of motherhood, their games were worlds apart.

"After the first set, I said "okay let's go three sets", I just kept fighting". Commenting on the matter before the championships commenced, Martina Navratilova said: "Forget the rankings; Serena is a contender for the title".

"I hate losing. I mean, that's no secret".

"It's important for me to have the losses". 'I don't know what to say right now. "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, Wow, this is really happening".

Serena Williams may be on the verge of making history at Wimbledon, but the stress-free former champion insists she doesn't feel under any pressure. "But I realized everyone is different".

"It will be a different match that we played in Paris a few weeks ago", Del Potro said.

"But I'm just very glad the way I handled everything today because it wasn't an easy match at all".

The 26-year-old has twice reached double figures in second-serve misses - in the first and third rounds last week - but ahead of her clash with Williams, insisted she would not be taking anything off the shot.

"These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

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Goerges had gone out in the first round at Wimbledon for the past five years.

Kerber and Ostapenko have never clashed before but the showdown ensures a grand slam champion will make the final.

Ahead of the big game in London, Williams admitted to "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby. "I think it's a great week".

Serena Williams stayed on track for an eighth Wimbledon title as she fought back to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a fiercely contested quarter-final on Tuesday.

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

Nadal, a two-time champion at the All England Club, has yet to drop a set in this tournament. "It's so much fun".

However, Kerber, beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final, doesn't believe Ostapenko will be able to play completely free of anxiety with the title match within touching distance.

Ostapenko, 21, had admitted she cracked under the strain of defending the French Open title when she lost in the first round last month.

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