Wimbledon | Williams recovers to reach the semis
For some 35-minutes the great Serena Williams looked to be on the way out of The Championships as she lost her first set of the tournament to Camila Giorgi but she quickly refocused to come roaring back and gain her expected place in the semi-finals 3-6 6-3 6-4.
She’s capable of doing really good and I feel like she always gives 100 percent every single match, every tournament Serena Williams
The surprise was the way the Italian, bidding to be the first woman from her country to make the last four at Wimbledon, took the game to the seven-time former SW19 champion who broke her in the first set and then saved four break points as Williams, who had never dropped a set to the world No.52 in three previous meetings, attempted a recovery.
But that loss sparked her into action and she quickly took control in the second to lead 3-1 with Giorgi struggling to keep up.
But the 26-year-old didn’t succumb easily and fought all the way keeping the American on court for one-hour and 41-minutes.
“She’s capable of doing really good and I feel like she always gives 100 percent every single match, every tournament,” Williams later said of her opponent.
“I knew after the first set ‘alright, let’s go three sets’. It wasn’t any surprise, I’ll just keep fighting.”
The win certainly enhanced her chances of regaining the title though she insists she is not the favourite.
“I’m okay. I feel good. I feel like I did better today. I had to,” Williams added.
“I don’t feel pressure. I don’t feel I have to win this. I feel like I’m back. I still have a long way to go to be where I was.”