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Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon

11 Juillet 2018

Williams will face Germany's Julia Goerges, the 13th seed, who reached her first grand slam semi-final with victory over Kiki Bertens.

Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation.

Against the other two players in the semifinals, Williams has never played No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko and has won six of her eight matches against Angelique Kerber, the No. 11 seed.

The 31-year-old rapper cheered on Williams during her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon against Camila Giorgi on Tuesday, where he was clearly completely invested in the game judging by his passionate reactions from the stands.

"I'm a perfectionist, I always find something", the 36-year-old said when asked about her near-flawless display.

Two-time grand slam victor Angelique Kerber faces 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal after the pair downed Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5 and Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4, respectively. Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces. Hopefully, I can get there.

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.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour. "'I'll just keep fighting", Williams said.

Giorgi, in her first grand slam quarter-final, was trying to become the first ever Italian woman to make the semi-finals here.

The worst news for her next opponent, Italy's Camila Giorgi, is that Serena believes there is more to come.

Williams took the set in convincing fashion, 6-3, and yelled her trademark, "Come on!" as she clinched the final point. "I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this", Williams said. "I play a great level today", she said.

From a fan view, I guess it was over all too quickly on the day but even when Roger is part of a one-sided match it's still fun just to see what he produces.

While heaping praise on Federer and admitting it will be hard to compete with the 20-time Grand Slam victor, Anderson vowed to "take the match to" his opponent.

But this nerveless comeback was a sight familiar to all who have admired Williams' warrior instincts throughout a Wimbledon career stretching back 20 years.

Serena Williams battles back to beat Camila Giorgi at Wimbledon