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Wimbledon | Goerges surprises herself

Wimbledon | Goerges surprises herself

Julia Goerges reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time where she joins Angelique Kerber who came through earlier in the day in the top half of the draw. It is the first time two Germans have made the last four of a grand slam since Steffi Graf and Anke Huber did so at the French Open in 1993.

Wow, it's pretty amazing. I don't know what to say right now Julia Goerges

Goerges beat the Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 after one-hour and 57-miinutes and will face Serena Williams for a place in the final.

For the 29-year-old German playing her 42nd grand slam, this is the best result she has achieved at a major having suffered five successive opening round defeats at Wimbledon before this year.

“Wow, it’s pretty amazing,” Goerges said afterwards. “I don’t know what to say right now. I just tried to fight for every point. It’s never easy playing a friend. I don’t know what to say right now.

“After five years of first-round losses here, I think I’ve grown a lot to get to the semi-finals. It’s an honour to play Serena. But every match starts from zero.”

Meanwhile her friend Bertens will be disappointed that she failed to in her bid to become the first Dutch woman to make the last four at Wimbledon since Betty Stove in 1977.

 






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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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