Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pressure? What pressure? Composure key to Serena's latest Wimbledon win

Pressure? What pressure? Composure key to Serena's latest Wimbledon win

"The seas have parted for her", nine-times champion Martina Navratilova said from the BBC's courtside bunker.

It was Serena's 18th straight win at the All England Club as the 23-time Grand Slam champion reached her 13th quarter-final.

"I feel like it takes time to get there". It was a fearless performance that offered Williams one of her toughest tests since returning.

"Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble, ' she said after the match".

But as she has done at each stage here, in just her fourth tournament back since maternity leave, Williams elevated her play. "But I feel like I'm back". But despite how close she is to another title and the record books, Williams is insistent that she doesn't need to win here in order to feel like her comeback has gotten off to a successful start.

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarter-final.

Williams, 36, now heads to the semi-finals to compete against German tennis player, Julia Gorges.

Her path to the title has been wide open from early in the tournament as Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens have all been eliminated.

"Wow, it's pretty wonderful", Goerges said.

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If he ever decides to stop playing tennis, Roger Federer may have a future in another sport.

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.

It may be that today, for the first time, Serena Williams does not manage to intimidate her opponent before a ball is struck.

Ahead of the big game in London, Williams admitted to "Good Morning America" that her body had changed after the baby.

Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation. "After the first set, I just said, 'Let's go three sets.' I just kept fighting".

The other semifinal is No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany vs.

Kerber, who won the Australian and US Open titles in 2016, plays former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

However, Federer has held all of his 55 service games this year and last dropped serve in the semi-finals in 2017 - 81 service games ago.

Kerber took advantage of Kasatkina's 31 unforced errors, including seven double-faults, but took a while to end things.

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