Serena survives scare to make 11th Wimbledon semi-final

Serena Williams of the United States plays a forehand against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia during their Ladies' Singles fourth round match on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

Serena Williams hits a forehand against Evgeniya Rodina on Monday Credit Getty Images

On Tuesday, Williams was one step closer to winning her first major as a mother, as she came back from a set down to beat Giorgi (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.

The 21-year-old Latvian, the youngest player remaining in the women's draw, next faces Cibulkova. "She (Ostapenko) won a Grand Slam, as well".

Rodina called Williams her idol and one look at Williams' performance it was clear to see why.

"There's a lot to improve on", she said.

"This is only my fourth tournament back so I don't feel pressure, I don't feel I have to win this". I hope I'll be there.

"It's pretty unreal for me at the moment to get to this stage of a Grand Slam". ". I would try to go around her more, rather than through her".

Ultimately, Williams found a way to win, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, but Giorgi gave her all she could handle.

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The Queen is back, with Tuesday's win guaranteeing that she will jump from 181 to at least 51 when the new rankings are announced next week.

"It's definitely family before tennis for me", she said to Harper's Bazaar UK. "I want to play a handsome match, be consistent and play my tennis", said Giorgi.

"She's great player. It's going to be a battle". In front of a Centre Court crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel and Drake, Giorgi stood inside the baseline to return the Williams serve, never yielding ground and pushing the American to withstand her power.

So what if she's still getting her game in gear? "I have to be very confident, aggressive, and consistent". It appeared nearly to be a reminder to Giorgi, who said on Monday that she doesn't watch women's tennis. "I support women's tennis. I'm happy to be in the second week, quarter-finals and now the semi-finals".

"I'd love to have Trump come watch me", he said. When she served for it a second time, she needed to navigate a 16-point game that included five deuces and all of those match points, until forcing a forehand error on the last. Juan Martin del Potro feels your pain.

But the third set was all Williams, and she recorded six of her seven aces - making it clear she's moved well past her pectoral injury that forced her to withdraw ahead of the fourth round in Paris - and seemed to be in control throughout.

If you're thinking to yourself, "How would this help in such a scenario?" or "Is he mad at his racket or his brain?"

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