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Serena Williams rallies to reach Wimbledon semifinals Wimbledon | Goerges sets up Wimbledon semi-final date with Serena
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 18:51

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.

Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the first set and the Swiss never looked back.

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?

Serena's epic match on Centre Court lasted one hour and 42 minutes.

"It is a great opportunity to play Serena here where she has won so many times and is a great champion".

Yet here Williams is, getting stronger and moving better with every match.

Goerges admitted it had been tough playing her close friend and occasional doubles partner on tour. In a tournament where the top 10 women's players have been eliminated, Giorgi hadn't faced a seeded player since her first-round win over No. 21 Anastasija Sevastova. "It's been a while since I've won a championship", Williams said.

Yet Goerges insists she can cause an massive upset against Williams. Williams has more wins in a major after losing a first set (39) than any other player in the women's Open era (Chris Evert has 28 and Venus Williams has 27).

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.

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"Wow, it's pretty wonderful", Goerges said. "For whatever reason, I was so calm", Williams said of her emotions as she battled back against Giorgi.

"It's weird. Sometimes I feel, "Man, I'm in trouble".

"It was just the way I felt".

The absence of the top 10 seeds leaves the tournament open, but for some that is no surprise. Williams hasn't lost a set against Goerges in three previous matches, including a victory last month at the French Open (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 32.

Ostapenko, the 12th seed, overpowered Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to reach Wimbledon's final four for the first time, and without dropping a set. Williams will face Angelique Kerber, also of Germany, in the final.

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. "I'm fighting to the end and it helps me, gives me more confidence", said the youngest player left in the draw.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents. She faces 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina, just two weeks after beating the Russian in a third-set tiebreaker on the grass courts of Eastbourne, tying their head-to-head record at 3-3.

Williams, for the first time since her comeback, appears to have her body and mind aligned to take that next step.