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Goerges downs Bertens to set-up Wimbledon semi with Serena

Bertens storms through to Wimbledon quarter-finals against Pliskova Breaking: All Top 10 Women’s Seeds Eliminated At Wimbledon
Cassandra Gardner | 11 July, 2018, 02:25

Serena, who is targeting an eighth title at SW19, is eyeing a first Grand Slam after taking a break from the sport for the birth of her first child.

That is going to change now.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

The Italian's comments ahead of the match that she does not follow tennis will have raised eyebrows but, competing in her first Grand Sam quarterfinal, she troubled Williams significantly with her movement and power and took the first set.

The key game was when Williams powered to a 2-1 lead in the decisive set, against the serve, without conceding a point.

She now has a 39-35 record when losing the first set at a major. I'm just thinking about my next match, which is tomorrow.

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.

But Pliskova, who reached number one in the rankings after Wimbledon previous year, found some fight and capitalised on a loose game by Bertens that allowed her to break back and level the set at 4-4.

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Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

Del Potro held four match points while serving for the victory at 5-4 in the fourth set, but had to wait until the last tiebreaker to advance in 4 hours, 24 minutes, making it the longest men's singles match of the tournament.

Cibulkova advanced to her third Wimbledon quarterfinal, following runs in 2011 and 2016.

Kerber and Kasatkina are the only two women to reach the second week at all three majors this year. Goerges earned her spot in the semis with a three-set victory over Kiki Bertens 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

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.

She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title.

"I didn't expect it, honestly", said Goerges, who lost in the first round at the All England Club each of the past five years. The 36-year-old American, who has spent more than 300 weeks ranked No. 1, looks superb so far.

"Every match starts from zero", Goerges said of her semifinal matchup against Williams.

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