Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases through

first_imgSerena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.Williams was down a break twice in the opening set but came back both times and broke again in the final game. But in the second set, Riske broke for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to even the match.Riske converted all five break points she created, while Williams needed 16 opportunities to break six times.Williams is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory, while Riske was playing her first quarterfinal at a major tournament.Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time, beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.Halep was broken in her first service game as Zhang raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set, and the Romanian faced four more break points at 4-1. But she eventually held serve in a game that featured six deuces, and then broke back to make it 4-3. In the tiebreaker, she converted her first set point with a forehand winner.In the second set, Halep broke twice for a 5-1 lead and converted her second match point with another forehand.The 2018 French Open champion is looking for her second career Grand Slam title but had not reached the semifinals at the All England Club since 2014. She will next face either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova.advertisementAlso Read | I am a little bit more than Ashleigh Barty: Rafael Nadal on Centre Court status at Wimbledon 2019Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty’s run ends, Alison Riske reaches quarterfinalsAlso Seelast_img

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