Serena Williams has justified the faith of the All England Tennis Club and moved into the semifinals after a 3 – 6, 6 – 3, 6 – 4 come-from behind win over unseeded Camila Giorgi of Italy.
After Serena completes her task Saturday, she will head to Russia to help the Three Lions finish the job against France, who edged by Belgium 1 – 0.
Speaking of France v Belgium, while we never, ever drop names we saw a shot of Sir Mick Jagger watching the match. He must have gotten his calendar wrong, or he will have to make another appearance tomorrow.
Who knows? Maybe Keith will make a cameo.
Back to Wimbledon, Serena told reporters, “I hate losing. That’s no secret.”
This was Williams’ fourth tournament back since taking 16 months away for maternity leave. She won the Australian Open in 2017 while in labour.
Her next opponent will be the 13th seed, Julia Goerges of Germany, who will be appearing in her first Wimbledon semifinal
Serena, despite holding 23 major titles, does humble well, saying, “Everything right now is a little bit of a surprise. It’s different now, obviously, because I have the baby.”
There was some degree of controversy over Williams being given a slot in the main draw, since she had slip down in the world rankings as the result of not playing, but she is silencing those detractors.
The other Williams, Venus, went out in the third round, losing to 20th seed Kiki Bertens of Holland.
On the men’s side, the match everyone wants, Nadal v Federer is still alive. Nadal took down the unseeded Jiri Vesely in straight sets to reach the last eight for the first time in seven years.
Federer got past Adrian Mannarino of France and worked less than two hours in so doing.
Federer and Nadal met in the Wimbledon Championship final 10 years ago, so more than a few might say it is high time to give Federer an opportunity to return the favour. If the Three Lions make it to the final of the World Cup football tournament, the stands at Wimbledon will be inhabited by crickets.