Serena Williams comes back from a set down to enter Wimbledon semi-final
Seven-time Wimbledon champion comes back from a set down to defeat Italy's Camila Giorgi and enter her 11th semi-final at SW19
Serena Williams overcame the toughest test yet of her Wimbledon comeback to reach the semi-finals here yesterday. The seven-time champion, who missed the tournament last year, was outplayed by Italian Camila Giorgi in the first set but rallied to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court.
Having lifted the title in the last two years she played here, in 2015 and 2016, this quarter-final success takes Serena's winning streak at the All England Club to 19 matches. It also proved beyond doubt that she is the woman to beat in the women's draw, despite this being just her fourth tournament back since giving birth last September.
Giorgi, the pocket-sized Italian who is ranked 52nd in the world, has been one of the surprise packages of the tournament, getting to her first Grand Slam quarter-final with some line-painting attacking ground strokes and a potent first serve.
Giorgi, 26, whose fashion designer mother makes her outfits, said in the build-up to the game that she did not know anything about Serena's game as she has no interest in tennis when not playing. She quickly worked out a way to hurt the 23-time Grand Slam champion and it was not just her clothes that were eye-catching as some impressive serving and a barrage of cross-court forehands saw her dominate.
"I knew after the first set, 'all right, let's go three sets'. I will just keep fighting," Serena said. "I am ok, I feel good, I feel like I did better today, I had to."
"But this is only my fourth tournament back, I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this, I don't feel I have to lose this. I am just here to be here and prove I am back. "I feel like I am back, I still have a long way to where I was," she added.
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