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Wimbledon: Kerber defeats Kasatkina, sails to semi-finals

12 July 2018
Wimbledon: Kerber defeats Kasatkina, sails to semi-finals

That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match.

Ominiously for the other seven women left in the draw, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who missed Wimbledon a year ago but won the title on her previous two visits, insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.

After their most recent meeting, in the French Open's third round last month, Williams pulled out of that tournament, citing a chest muscle injury that made it too painful to serve. "To be here. To be in the semifinals". But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'. "And I feel like Olympia has made it lesser for me". "I just want to be more of a role model for my daughter, for lots of people out there that just want to be inspired".

She'll face Germany's Julia Gorges in the semifinals on Thursday at the All England Club.

That is going to change now.

Pliskova crashed to a 6-3 7-6 (7-1) to big-hitting Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, leaving 11th seed Angelique Kerber as the highest-ranked player left in the wide open draw.

But Williams rallied to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court and then insisted she was never anxious.

Williams never was anxious about losing.

"I would hope there's a lot to continue to improve on".

Kerber had to fend off another break point in her next service game, but eventually got the job done to book her fourth career grand slam final.

Serena Williams records 10 aces en route to defeating Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets.

"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought". There were plenty of initial breaks of serve, as each went for their shots, but Ostapenko got the key break just before a tie-break looked inevitable. Williams came back strongly to win the next game at love, but Giorgi responded strongly by serving out to win the first set 6-3.

Kasatkina continued to attack at every opportunity, though, and levelled at 3-3 with a classy forehand, but unforced errors were proving costly and there were six breaks in a row as Kerber felt the pressure.

Kerber cruised to a 6-3 first-set win but Kasatkina upped her game in the second and blossomed as the match grew older.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

"On the court sometimes, when I'm really down, I think about her".

Of the last four women remaining, the 29-year-old Goerges is the only one who hasn't won a major yet.

It stung Williams and she went 0-40 in the next game, but Giorgi showed real steel to hold for a 5-2 lead. But the Russian then handed the initiative back to Kerber with a double fault and the German closed out the opener.

Highlights from day eight of the Wimbledon championships on Tuesday.

Incredibly, Goerges had won only five matches in 10 previous visits to The All England Club - and none in the past five years - before arriving last week.

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

"It was nearly three years ago when I chose to make a change in my team", Goerges said when explaining her resurgence. "Everybody has the same chances to win that match, and I'm looking forward to it".

It looked dicey for a bit, but Serena Williams' comeback train is still rolling on.