Julia Goerges v Serena Williams
Top seeds falling through the first week of The Championships (Women’s Singles) sparked much discussion among analysts. Now the tournament is down to four semi-finalists, including Top 15 outlier Serena Williams. Williams was down one set against big-hitting Camila Giorgi last Tuesday in the quarter-finals. But she felt no doubt. Composure was key. The 23-time Grand Slam champion dug deep and hit one at 122 mph. The match closed to a rousing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory for Williams. This latest win extends her winning streak in All England Club to 19 matches.
No. 13-ranked Julia Goerges is having the ultimate Wimbledon run. On Thursday, Goerges will get to fulfill every young pro’s dream: a semis date with Serena Williams on Centre Court. Goerges ran surprise quarter-finalist Kiki Bertens to the ground (3-6, 7-5, 6-1) and made history with fellow German Angelique Kerber. It’s the first time in Open Era that two Germans have advanced to Wimbledon semi-finals.
Serena Williams moves closer to her 8th Wimbledon title (it will be her first since daughter Alexis Olympia was born). Williams has finally regained form and renowned power game after suffering a muscle injury at the French Open. Of the remaining contenders, Williams has hit the fewest unforced errors. The tennis icon is as hungry as ever. To those who had misgivings, Williams is out to prove she’s back and she will aim to get better.
Unlike seasoned champion Williams, this is Goerges’ maiden Wimbledon semi-final. She has never been to a Grand Slam semis, having lost in the group rounds before. But this year, she is quietly playing exceptional tennis. Goerges admits she needs to capitalize on chances more. Her reluctance to fire the gun against Bertens made her lose a set, but she still found a way to bounce back and close the match. She stands between Williams and the finals. If Goerges somehow turns the table, she could come up opposite Kerber for a first-ever all German women’s Grand Slam final.
Goerges is an aggressive player and uses big weapons to dominate game. This 5’ 11” power server plays it modern, serving well and hitting hard off the ground. She can wear down Serena with power and fitness (her physio has her in great shape). She will hit winners off both sides from various parts of the court.
Williams has a deadly crosscourt forehand approach and can rally to beat German opponent. She has consistently won over Goerges in previous matches, winning in straight sets each time. Williams has 75% probability of winning. Expect much valour and artistry in this semi-final match.