Palmerbet Sports Team’s daily Wimbledon preview breaks down the women’s semi-final between 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams and Julia Gorges, who is enjoying her best-ever run at a major.
22:00 (AEST), Thu 12th Jul @ All England Club, London
History: Played 2: Williams 2 V Gorges 0.
Last Meeting: Canadian Open, 2011 (R32): Williams d Gorges 6-1 7-6.
Final Thoughts: Is Serena Williams headed for a 10th Wimbledon final, or can Julia Gorges keep her watershed run going for one more match?
After storming through the first four rounds without dropping a set, Williams received a scare courtesy of Camila Giorgi, who won the first set of the quarter-final.
Williams rallied to win 3-6 6-3 6-4, continuing an extraordinary effort in just her fourth tournament after 16 months off on maternity leave. Ominously for Gorges, Williams won the 2015-16 Wimbledon crowns before sitting last year out and has not lost a Wimbledon semi since 2000.
She is also an extraordinary 27-5 in all grand slam semi-finals.
But world No.13 Gorges in the midst of her best-ever grand slam charge. She has been taken to three sets on three occasions, including a marathon third-round clash with Barbora Strycova in which she won the deciding set 10-8 and against Kiki Bertens in the quarters, coming from a set down.
This is the first time the 29-year-old German has been past the fourth round of a major. Remarkably, she exited in the first round of her previous five Wimbledon campaigns before piecing this momentous run together.
Equalling Margaret Court’s all-time grand slam record of 24 titles is tantalisingly within reach for Williams, but Gorges will push her all the way in what looms as a fascinating semi-final contest.
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