Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Wimbledon: Serena Williams makes her charge as top seeds fall

Wimbledon: Serena Williams makes her charge as top seeds fall

The 36-year-old Williams was absent from the All England Club in 2017 due to her pregnancy, and played her first Grand Slam since giving birth at the French Open last month when she reached fourth round.

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

Angelique Kerber reached her third Wimbledon semifinal after converting her seventh match point to beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday, setting up a meeting with former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

The match that precedes Williams on Centre Court promises to be more competitive.

In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova. However, she took a big step back in 2017, going 1-12 against WTA top-20 players and failing to win a singles title. In fact, photographers have captured Drake, 31, courtside at Williams' matches since 2011.

The 21-year-old Latvian dropped a set for the first time in this year's tournament as she committed 19 unforced errors.

In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, Williams jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Kerber is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon was Steffi Graf in 1996.

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The fifth-seeded del Potro failed to convert four match points when serving at 5-4 in the fourth set, but maintained his composure to close out the contest with his first opportunity in the tiebreaker that followed.

"It is a great feeling to be in the final and playing on the Centre Court is always a great experience and I am really excited", she told the BBC. "I think everyone here has a great chance so you have to take it", Goerges said. "For whatever reason, I was so calm", Williams said of her emotions as she battled back against Giorgi. I don't feel pressure; I don't feel like I have to win this.

"It was a very tough match but I was just trying to enjoy it".

"It was just the way I felt".

With no top-10 seeds making the quarterfinals for the first time in Wimbledon history, 11th-seeded Kerber is the highest-ranked player left in the hunt for the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Goerges is at the other end of the spectrum, preparing for her maiden major semi-final after also recovering from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1. Williams, who already holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam titles, can tie Court for most ever.

Williams responded by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi's serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.

Here's the reason Williams has emerged as a favorite: She has seven Wimbledon titles, while the rest of the field has zero.

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