Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Drake Shows His Intense Emotions While Cheering on Serena Williams at Wimbledon

Drake Shows His Intense Emotions While Cheering on Serena Williams at Wimbledon

"I went for it", Serena said. She missed a year ago because of her pregnancy but is on an 18-match winning run at the All England Club.

I'm also going to a Wimbledon Experience post-tournament as quite a few things have changed since I last wrote about tickets etc.

That was winning majors, and Williams enters the semifinals as the lowest-seeded player (25th) remaining in this year's Wimbledon tournament.

She hit one at 122 miles per hour against Giorgi, delivered six of her seven aces in the final set, and won 44 of the last 54 points she served.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand.

But the third set was all Williams, and she recorded six of her seven aces - making it clear she's moved well past her pectoral injury that forced her to withdraw ahead of the fourth round in Paris - and seemed to be in control throughout.

"After the first set, I was like, 'All right, let's go three sets.' And that's kind of what I thought".

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's erratic serving and errors to return to the last four.

Her dance of delight signalled the end of Giorgi's threat as Williams raced to the finish line.

Told she is guaranteed of rising to 51st next week - and higher if she reaches the final or wins the championship - Williams joked: "Got to keep trekking on, though".

Rapper friend Drake and fellow singer Justin Timberlake were among those rooting for her on Centre Court. "It's great to be in the semis", Kerber said after she finally sealed the win on her seventh match point.

With Olympia's arrival and her marriage to husband Alexis both taking place since Serena was last at Wimbledon, this year's campaign has a unique feel.

Goerges also recovered from a set down to beat 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.

Ostapenko played her usual aggressive style, compiling a 33-6 edge in winners.

The 29-year-old had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

Asked before the match what she made of Serena's form, Giorgi had replied: "I don't know, I don't follow women's tennis".

Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Ernests Gulbis in four sets to set up a match-up with Novak Djokovic, who has quietly been playing well at the tournament. She jumped to a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.

Serena is the first woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal without facing a top 40 ranked opponent since 2013.

Giorgi, in her first grand slam quarter-final, was trying to become the first ever Italian woman to make the semi-finals here.

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