Serena Williams fined $10,000 for damaging tennis court at Wimbledon

First up for Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Tuesday was her singles quarterfinals match against fellow American Alison Riske.

Williams will play either Britain's French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta or Czech veteran Barbora Strycova in Thursday's semi-finals which will be her 12th at the tournament.

Former world No.1 Simona Halep fought back from 4-1 down in the first set against against China's Zhang Shuai before triumphing 7-6 6-1.

Williams will be joined in the semi-finals by Elina Svitolina who got past Karolina Muchova in a close affair on Court One which was edged by the Ukrainian (7-5, 6-4).

When asked about the prospect of facing Williams for a place in the last four, Riske said: "It's super exciting".

When Serena Williams' serve wasn't getting her all the points she needed at Wimbledon, she turned to her return game.

It will be the 24-year-old Ukrainian's first Grand Slam semi-final.

The Scot, who had serious hip surgical plot in January, started with a solid provider game which became done by Williams hammering a stinging volley straight at Martin's calf - she rapidly held both fingers up in apology.

"I know some people might like it to have taken five months or six months, but it's going to take more time than that, unfortunately", he added.

After the two traded more breaks in the first set, Williams landed the telling blow to win the opener 6-4.

Having endured a tough 2018 in which she only reached one final - she lost in Nottingham to Ashleigh Barty - Konta's ranking dropped to as low as 50th in the world.

Williams had several break points in a roller-coaster eighth game and eventually clinched the break when Riske double faulted. Early in the third set, however, Williams upped her level.

She reacted defensively when it was put to her that it was not only his opinion but one also supported by the statistics.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat the 55th seed Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in 120 minutes to reach last four in women's singles at Wimbledon in London.

"The players that I've played and beaten, also lost to today, I think overall there's a lot I can be proud of and take from it. I'm a professional competitor who did her best today, and that's all there is to that".

"It's a great week to play her, and it's a match I really look forward to play", Strycova said. Riske had five double faults in the third set. She was given a good challenge in her quarterfinal match against an impressive Alison Riske though.

"It sounds insane, it's happening but I can't really believe it", said Strycova.

"I just had to just button up and play hard".

  • Julie Sanders