Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Wimbledon 2018 Women's Semi-Finals

Wimbledon 2018 Women's Semi-Finals

"I was down in the first set but I kept fighting".

And it would be a first as a mum - or should that be second, given the American was in the early stages of pregnancy while claiming the Australian Open in 2017?

Kerber, who spent 34 weeks at world number one in 2016 and 2017, could be set for a rematch with Williams if the seven-time champion can get past Julia Goerges in the second semi-final.

Serena's epic match on Centre Court lasted one hour and 42 minutes. Pliskova had been the only female player in the top 10 to reach the fourth round, the fewest in a Grand Slam event in the Open era following a slew of upsets in the first week.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour.

Williams is playing only her fourth tournament since becoming a mother for the first time.

Giorgi, when asked going into the match against Williams whether she would watch her opponent on tape, responded, "I don't follow tennis, women's tennis".

Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title and has established herself as the big favorite once again, with the top-10 seeds all eliminated.

Kerber is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon was Steffi Graf in 1996.

Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory when Giorgi could only push a forehand into the net.

"It's such a great feeling to be back in the finals", Kerber said after the match.

'Wow, it's pretty wonderful, ' Goerges said afterwards. "But I feel like every time I lose, I get better", she said. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this.

"I'm just here just to be here, and to prove that I'm back", Williams added.

Goerges had to do it the hard way after coming from a set down against the Dutch No.20 seed to win 3-6 7-5 6-1 and set up a showdown with the formidable Serena Williams.

Giorgi enjoyed a confident start, outhitting Serena by eight winners to six as she won the first set and opened up a 0-30 lead in the second game of the second stanza.

Here's the reason Williams has emerged as a favorite: She has seven Wimbledon titles, while the rest of the field has zero.

The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble.' Sometimes I feel, 'I can fight.' For whatever reason, today I was so calm", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings as a precaution after a blood-clot scare following her daughter's birth.

Triumphant in her two previous Wimbledon tilts in 2015 and 2016, Williams's victory also extended her winning streak on the London grass to 19 matches.

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