By Todd Kortemeier | July 10, 2018, 12:18 p.m. (ET)
Serena Williams celebrates after winning her quarterfinals match at Wimbledon on July 10, 2018 in London.

 

Serena Williams found herself in an unfamiliar position after the first set of her quarterfinal match with Italy’s Camila Giorgi. For the first time at this year’s Wimbledon, she had lost a set.

But the seven-time Wimbledon champ had more than enough experience and guile to work her way back from the deficit, ultimately prevailing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against Germany’s Julia Gorges, who she’ll play on Thursday. It is Williams’ first semifinal since 2016, as she missed the 2017 tournament for maternity leave.

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Giorgi had a bright start to the match, possibly catching Williams a little fatigued as she is still working her way back from the 14-month leave. After Williams rallied back to win the second set and build a lead in the third, Giorgi rallied to close the gap, but Williams was able to hold her off.

Williams, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is seeking her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court for first on the all-time list. This semifinal is the 11th of her decorated career at the All England Club.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.