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Serena Williams outlasts Camilia Giorgi to reach Wimbledon semis

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Serena Williams came back from a set down to beat Italy’s Camilia Giorgi and reach the semifinals at the All England Club on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who’s bidding for an eight Wimbledon crown, started off sluggishly in the first set as she got outplayed by the Italian. She, however, regained composure just in time to secure the next two sets and claim a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Centre Court.

It was Giorgi’s first appearance in the quarter-finals at SW19 and she was bidding to become the first Italian woman to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon.

Williams will next face Germany’s Julia Goerges, who reached her first Grand Slam semi-final with victory over Kiki Bertens.

The 13th seed lost the first set to Dutch 20th seed, Bertens, but roared back to claim a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win.

Eleventh seed, Angelique Kerber of Germany, who’s now the highest ranked player in the women’s draw, advanced to the last four with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

The two-time Grand Slam winner will face 2017 French Open champion, Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the final.

Ostapenko powered past Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 to reach her first ever Wimbledon semifinals.

In the men’s draw, Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon resumed their match on Tuesday, with Del Potro leading by 2 sets to one when the match was suspended on Monday due to poor light.

The Argentine, however, held his nerves upon resumption to register a 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 victory. Del Potro will next play Rafael Nadal in what is expected to be a blockbuster semifinal showdown on Wednesday.

 

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