Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

Wimbledon glance: Williams to face Goerges in semifinals

There were no signs of stage-fright from Giorgi in her first Grand Slam quarter-final as she took the first set.

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.

Meanwhile, in the men's singles category, Federer's pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

In the third Wimbledon quarterfinal of her career, Cibulkova will face 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who also overcame a disagreement with an official on her way to reaching the last eight.

Jelena Ostapenko hardly broke sweat as she beat Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and moved into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time. Just when it looked like she had found her groove to get back into the set, Cibulkova dropped her serve giving Ostapenko another.

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Both players held serve to send the first set to a tiebreak. I think at the end I finished really confident. 'I was just trying to enjoy it I'm really happy with the way I played, I think Dominika played really well. "When I feel like this is something that should not happen, I would maybe have sympathy with her".

Kerber is bidding to win the Wimbledon title for the first time after losing the 2016 final to Serena Williams. Ostapenko, seeded 12th, fired 33 winners to prevail in one hour and 22 minutes. Aside from the American, Kerber has been the most successful of the remaining contenders, making the last four seven times at the majors.

"It's really great to be in the semis".

With all top 10 seeds having been knocked out before the quarterfinals, 2016 runner-up Kerber is the highest-ranked player still in the ladies' competition.

Referencing her dismal form past year, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that".

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Thirty-third ranked Cibulkova, who has responded to being bumped out of the seedings by Serena Williams' elevation to 25th, was still fighting her corner in a news conference. But I'm going to prepare well for it, going to be probably long rallies.

The former world number one was taken to three sets for the first time in the tournament by Camila Giorgi in her quarter-final match, but remains the title favourite.

With world No. 1 Rafael Nadal waiting for the victor, Tuesday's fourth set, played in much cooler conditions than the first three the day before, turned into a mini-epic before Del Potro eventually prevailed 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5). She clearly had Cibulkova beaten on winners, scoring 23 to her four, but had more than twice the number of errors to limit the difference going into the second set.

It seems odd that this will be the first time she has come up against Angelique Kerber on the tour - as the German defeated another youngster in Daria Kasatkina.

The left-hander had to save a break point, too, at 2-3 - conjuring an ace.

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Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon also finish their fourth-round match suspended overnight because of darkness.

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