Serena drops first set but zooms into semis

Serena drops first set but zooms into semis

"The seas have parted for her", nine-times champion Martina Navratilova said from the BBC's courtside bunker. To be here. To be in the semifinals. I'm always striving for perfection. "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, Wow, this is really happening". "I know a lot of people won't like that, but I don't care".

"I was down in the first set but I kept fighting".

"Maybe I'll tweet at him if I win on Wednesday", Isner said. "Honestly, I highly doubt it".

Williams was in danger of a stunning quarter-final exit after world number 52 Giorgi became the first player in this year's tournament to take a set off the former world number one.

The 13th-seeded Goerges had never made it past the third round in her 10 previous appearances at the All England Club and had gone out in the first round for the past five years.

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The carnage at the top leaves 11th seed Angelique Kerber - beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final - as the highest ranked player left. Ostapenko won last year's French Open.

The 90th Wimbledon win of her career - the most among active female players - means Serena, now 181st in the WTA rankings, will return to the top 100 next week.

25 seed, Williams is in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 13th time.

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Southgate's England take on Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the last eight in Samara. "We worked hard.

At only her fourth tournament since returning from maternity leave, Williams is now just two matches away from an eighth Wimbledon title and equalling Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 majors.

That is going to change now. "Good", she thought to herself. Serena Williams, 51? Eh, it doesn't have that same ring to it. She jumped to a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it". Suddenly, Williams looks as great as the eight Wimbledon titles suggest she is.

The American then cruised through the deciding set with a single break of serve enough to ensure her place in the semi-finals.

"I messed up too much on my returns", said Giorgi, questioning her decision to stand inside the baseline to receive serve.

One break in each of the three sets was all that decided the fixture, as Williams mimicked Giorgi's guarded game after going a break up in the first, completing a polished performance in a little less than two hours.

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

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

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. The 20-time Grand Slam champion practiced side by side with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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