Serena beats Giorgi in three sets, makes Wimbledon semis

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If there was any panic among fans of Serena Williams as she dropped the first set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi, that angst definitely didn't carry onto the court and into the mind of the world's greatest tennis player.

No. 25 seed Serena Williams clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2018 by beating Russian Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets Monday in London.

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"It's definitely family before tennis for me", she said to Harper's Bazaar UK.

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

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"This is only my fourth tournament back", Williams said. "I have a long way to go".

And she wasn't the only one to mastermind a comeback from a set down, either, as semi-final opponent Goerges also took the more hard route to ousting Bertens.

Garbine Muguruza arrived at the All England Club as the defending champion but was knocked out in the second round, while fellow leading contenders Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova also suffered premature exits.

Dominika Cibulkova faces Jelena Ostapenko, Daria Kasatkina battles Angelique Kerber, and Kiki Bertens plays Julia Goerges in the other quarterfinal clashes.

Williams had made a tentative return to action following complications during daughter Olympia's birth, struggling in her few appearances before pulling out midway through the recent French Open with a pectoral injury.

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The 36-year-old is now just two more from also matching Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles.

There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 miles per hour service victor to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, "Cooome ooon!"

She bridled at suggestions that she had wasted an opportunity to have a real tilt at the title. "I'm here just to prove that I'm back, and I feel like I'm back". While it's obviously a monumental achievement and great moment for her career, Giorgi wasn't exactly in the friendliest of moods after the match.

It was a verbal and physical assault that Giorgi couldn't withstand. It appeared nearly to be a reminder to Giorgi, who said on Monday that she doesn't watch women's tennis.

Yes, no matter what the rankings or seedings say, she still looks as if she's capable of playing like someone who's No. 1.

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