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

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

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

After a tournament dominated by shocks the four remaining women will square off on Thursday for a place in the Wimbledon final.

Wimbledon (CNN) Serena Williams may have been out of the grand slam game for roughly 16 months as she started a family, but when her back is against the wall - as one opponent put it last month - the real Serena still comes out. The cream has risen to the top.

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"It sounds insane to maybe have the chance to share a German final in Wimbledon, " Goerges said after she and Angelique Kerber advanced to separate semifinals at the All England Club. The contrast is huge, the rewards even bigger.

Goerges will be facing Williams in a Grand Slam for the second time in little over five weeks, having lost to the American in the third round of the French Open.

From the music world, Canadian rapper Drake was at the All England Club on Tuesday to see Williams beat Camila Giorgi on Centre Court. "This is a whole new match, it's a new surface, it's everything".

"We both played at a really high level, starting from the first point".

"It was just the way I felt".

In terms of experience it is no contest. "I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals", Williams said. Perhaps the only question mark is fatigue. "She needs to be aware of consequences when she hands counter-puncher like Kerber the opportunity to attack" said McEnroe on BBC TV.

Rodina, who like Williams combines a tennis career with motherhood, looked overawed at first as she went 3-0 down.

However, Kerber, beaten by Serena in the 2016 Wimbledon final, doesn't believe Ostapenko will be able to play completely free of anxiety with the title match within touching distance.

"It is never easy playing a friend and especially when you know an opponent so well". The 21-year-old Latvian, who won the French Open last year, hits the ball as hard as anyone, her flat groundstrokes sometimes struck at such acute angles they nearly defy belief.

After their most recent meeting, in the French Open's third round last month, Williams pulled out of that tournament, citing a chest muscle injury that made it too painful to serve.

She said: "I went for it". But also I've never been ranked where I am when this has happened before, so usually I'm one of those few seeds left that's still fighting and still in the tournament. It's now all gone.

"I'm just not afraid to miss".

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

The 29-year-old had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year. She stared longingly at her racket for a moment in sheer disbelief.

Kasatkina, who earlier this year became the fifth player in WTA history with multiple wins over a WTA No. 1 before her 21st birthday, had 31 unforced errors, including seven double faults.

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