Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Serena doesn't want daughter to follow in her footsteps

Serena doesn't want daughter to follow in her footsteps

United States player Serena Williams serves against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2018.

Serena Williams will bid to reach her first grand slam final since winning last year's Australian Open when she lines up in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Thursday.

Williams is playing in her 11th semifinal at the 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.

Kerber has a chance to set up a rematch with Williams after losing the 2016 final to the American - although if she and Goerges win, it would be the first all-German women's final since 1931.

Bertens, so impressive in her first four victories in SW19, folded in the third set and Goerges secured three breaks to storm to victory.

Cibulkova looks like a woman on a mission having been the player who missed out on a seeding after Serena Williams was parachuted in at number 25.

Also, the last of the women's top-10 seeds was knocked out at Wimbledon.

"I feel good, I felt like I did better today, I had to, but this is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel any pressure and have to win this", she said.

A volley victor finally got Pliskova on the board, but a forehand inches long, confirmed by a challenge, set up match point for the 20th seed, her own forehand called good on a second consecutive challenge to wrap up a spot in the final eight.

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Drake made some Serena Williams fans a little nervous on Tuesday by showing up to her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon.

Federer said: "I feel like these streaks just happen".

The other last-eight matches have 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko take on Dominika Cibulkova in a meeting of former Wimbledon quarterfinalists, while 13th-seeded Julia Goerges and 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens have both reached this stage at the All England Club for the first time.

The Dutch star finally tested Goerges' serve in the next game and she struck a superb victor on her way to securing the first break of the match.

"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 way she is striking the ball and moving in her second Grand Slam back after childbirth she would arguably be favourite for the title even with the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep still in contention. "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great".

"We both played on a really high level". So I think it's a great week.

Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court for first on the all-time list.

It did not even matter that her fellow seeds would avoid her in the draw, given their exodus but it was the unseeded Giorgi that presented her biggest challenge to date.

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