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Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

11 July 2018

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams rallied from a set down to dismiss Camila Giorgi and reach her first grand slam semi-final since becoming a wife and a mother.

Williams, who hasn't faced a player ranked inside the top 40 en route to the last four, will next face 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany or 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

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? "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great", Williams said afterwards.

But the 23-time major victor is heavily favoured to end her wait this week, fuelled by the thought of suffering the painful sting left by her rare defeats.

Yes, no matter what the rankings or seedings say, she still looks as if she's capable of playing like someone who's No. 1.

"It's important for me to have the losses".

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"For every single day that I'm here I'm trying to do my best". Plus, at Wimbledon in particular, she lost in the first round each of the past five years.

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. "Olympia is not playing tennis, unless of course she wants to". "But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening'".

Whether it was a forward defensive shot or a back-foot cut, the eight-time champion's technique impressed the International Cricket Council.

"It's different now obviously because I have the baby".

Still, Williams said she's not getting too excited as she's still adjusting to tennis after returning from maternity leave.

'I think I'm experienced enough and have played these guys enough to have a lot more comfort going out on the court and being able to play my game'. "We just need a good story".

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The favorite, though, is No. 25 Serena Williams, who has won all four of her matches at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

"It's pretty unreal for me", said Goerges, who reached her first major semifinal at a tournament where she exited in the first round each of the past five years. It's an honour to play Serena. "You really can't have a weakness against Serena".

Kerber and Ostapenko have never clashed before but the showdown ensures a grand slam champion will make the final.

The 21-year-old is the only female player yet to drop a set in this year's tournament. The two met last month in the second round at the French Open, with Williams winning in straight sets. "It's now all gone", Ostapenko said.

"I will try to hold my service games most of the time. It's so much fun". She won a Grand Slam, as well.

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Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi