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Serena chases 8th Wimbledon title

The seven time winner reaches her 12th semi-final after her match against Allison Risks where she won in three sets 6-4 ,4-6, 6-3 within 2 hours and three minutes on Tuesday in her chase of an eighth Wimbledon title.

Serena Williams last won the prestigious title in 2016 after giving birth to her daughter two years ago. After being defeated by the 20 year old Naomi Osaka in the US open final and overcoming a knee injury this season, Serena seems to be in fierce form once again this season.

Her opponent, Riske who ranks 55th in World Tennis Association, played her first quarter-finals in a major tournament, she made it to the quarter-finals after beating Autralian Ashleigh Barty. Even though Wiiliams won in three sets, Riske showed great tenacity to come back into a match that seemed to be one sided, and piled the pressure onto Williams to make it an interesting finish in the end.

She will play either Britain’s French Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta who ranks 18th or Czech veteran Barbora Strycova who ranks 54th for a place in the final. This will uplift Serena’s mood after Wimbledon put sanctions on the American for unsportsmanlike behaviour after she was fined ten thousand dollars for hitting the court of one of the tracks with her racket and causing damage to the surface.

We look forward to Serena’s progression in a tournament filled with many firsts, surprises and drama. One of those firsts, Cori Gauff, is a young lady who will forever have her name etched in history as the youngest player to grace the Wimbledon courts. Gauff is undoubtedly a name to look out for in the future and certainly an athlete who can follow and even transcend the precedent Serena has set.

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