Highlights of Wimbledon day eight

Wednesday, 2018-07-11 07:14:55
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Serena Williams in action during her match against Camila Giorgi on day eight at All England Lawn and Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom, Jul 10, 2018. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
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Serena Williams came from behind to overcome Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a tight quarter-final clash on Tuesday, as her bid for an eighth Wimbledon title gained momentum.

The American started the match slowly, losing the first set against an inspired opponent playing in her first major quarter-final, but fought back to beat Giorgi in one hour and 43 minutes on Centre Court.

Victory meant that Williams has now won 19 consecutive matches in the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed last year due to her pregnancy.

Up next for the 23-time Grand Slam winner is German 13th seed Julia Goerges, who also overcame an early blip in her quarter-final match to defeat close friend Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1.

Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, yet to lose a set in this year’s tournament, blew away Dominica Cibulkova 7-5 6-4 to become the first player from her country to reach a singles semi-final at the All England Club.

The 21-year-old will fancy her chances in the semi-finals against former world number one Angelique Kerber, who needed seven match points to dismiss Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5.

German 11th seed Kerber, the highest seeded player left in the women’s field, is targeting a maiden appearance in the Wimbledon final.

Argentina’s fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro overcame Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6(1) 7-6(5) 5-7 7-6(5) in four hours and 24 minutes to set up a quarter-final contest with Rafa Nadal on Wednesday. The fourth round match was suspended due to bad light on Monday with Del Potro leading by two sets to one.