Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Williams back in Wimbledon semi-finals

Williams back in Wimbledon semi-finals

She was the only quarter-finalist from a year ago to reach the last eight and is now through to her second grand slam semi-final having not dropped a set.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion dropped her first set of the championships but came through 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Having missed Wimbledon past year while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.

One break in each of the three sets was all that decided the fixture, as Williams mimicked Giorgi's guarded game after going a break up in the first, completing a polished performance in a little less than two hours.

If she gets past that challenge, a match-up with either Kiki Bertens or Julia Goerges will await in the last four.

Having shaken off any rust that may have remained from her absence, Williams appears to be closing in on top form at the right time.

The 36-year-old Williams was absent from the All England Club in 2017 due to her pregnancy, and played her first Grand Slam since giving birth at the French Open last month when she reached fourth round. Serena needs to win three more matches to earn the 24th Grand Slam singles title of her career, a mark which would tie current record holder Margaret Court.

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"I'm a perfectionist. I always find something wrong", she said.

"I'm just looking forward to my next match".

They traded breaks early in both sets before Ostapenko broke decisively for a 3-2 lead in the second when Cibulkova sent a forehand long.

Williams has won her first five matches against unseeded opponents.

"For me, there's so much farther I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that". The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets. For whatever reason, today I was so calm. The number 11 seed overcame a determined Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-6 and, like Görges, will fancy her chances at upsetting Williams' charge to the title.

Rapper friend Drake and fellow singer Justin Timberlake were among those rooting for her on Centre Court. Williams is 3-0 against Giorgi in the singles format.

Ostapenko became the first Latvian woman to make the last four at the All England Club with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Dominika Cibulkova on a windy No. 1 Court.

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