Serena Williams booked her place in the semi-finals of this year’s Wimbledon tournament on Tuesday, with an emphatic victory over Camila Giorgi. The 23-time Grand Slam champion appears to have found her best form over the last few days, but admitted she was surprised to have reached the latter rounds of the competition, having featured in just four tournaments this year.
When Serena Williams decided to take a leave of absence in 2017 to give birth to her daughter Alexis, the world of women’s tennis immediately became a more level playing field. Serena made her official tour return at the Indian Wells Masters in March, where she lost to her sister Venus in the round of 32. She experienced another early exit at the Miami Open, losing to Naomi Osaka in the round of 128, before reaching the round of 16 at the French Open last month, before retiring with a pectoral injury.
Seeing Williams struggle to compete for titles was a rarity for fans, and many wondered if a successful Wimbledon campaign was perhaps a bridge too far. But so far, Williams has enjoyed a fantastic tournament at the All England Club, coasting through to the quarter-finals before digging deep to come back from a set down against Camila Giorgi. Williams eventually won the tie 3-6 6-3 6-4.
“I think everything right now is a little bit of a surprise. To be here, to be in the semi-finals,” Williams said.
“I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals. But when it actually happens, it still is, wow, this is really happening.”
“Sometimes I feel I am in trouble. Sometimes I feel, I can fight. For whatever reason, I was so calm,” Williams added.
“Even when I was down the first set, I thought she’s playing great. I’m doing a lot of the right things.”
Serena Williams is set to take on Julia Gorges later today, in what will be the German’s maiden Grand Slam semi-final. Like Williams, Gorges came from a set down to beat opponent Kiki Bertens in the quarter-finals, winning the match 3-6 7-5 6-1.