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Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kerber to face Ostapenko in Wimbledon semifinal

Kerber to face Ostapenko in Wimbledon semifinal

That is going to change now.

Her next opponent will either be 13th seed Julia Görges, from German, or Croatian Donna Vekic.

Two successive aces, clocked at 103 and 106 miles per hour, gave the 21-year-old the first set and the 2017 French Open champion tightened her grip on the contest when she ended another flurry of breaks to go 4-2 up in the second.

Bertens built a 4-1 lead in the second set with Pliskova appearing to lack energy at times - occasionally making little attempt to chase balls down.

She gained the first two break points in the sixthh game, Serena saved the first with a massive second serve to Giorgi's body but the No.52 found depth and power to force the No.25 seed in defence. I just tried to fight for every point.

It's okay, Serena, just keep your eyes on the prize at Wimbledon!

World number 52 Giorgi dropped serve to love early in the decider but hung in gamely to at least make Williams serve to reach her 35th Grand Slam semi-final and 11th at Wimbledon.

Next up for Williams as she tries to earn her eighth title at the All England Club and 24th Grand Slam trophy overall will be a match Thursday against No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victor against No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double faults, but took a while to end things.

Angelique Kerber is playing her seventh Slam semifinal, and her third at Wimbledon. But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start.

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Giorgi won 84 percent of points on her first serve and nabbed three aces.

In the last men's quarterfinal, which was suspended because of darkness after the third set Monday night, 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated Gilles Simon of France, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5).

In a match that featured eight breaks of serve - four in the first five games - Ostapenko was able to elevate her game in the crucial moments.

"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years.

This is unchartered territory for 29-year-old Goerges.

Serena Williams recaps her battling win over Italy's Camila Giorgi to advance to the semifinals of Wimbledon.

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