Wimbledon 2019: Serena Survives Riske Scare to Reach Semi-Finals
Serena Williams battled past American compatriot Alison Riske despite a sluggish performance to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
Serena had dropped just one set en route to the quarterfinals as she’s navigated the ‘group of death’, a section of the draw littered with former champions and dangerous grass players. The American outplayed seeded players Julia Goerges and Carla Suarez Navarro, with only Slovak youngster Kaja Juvan taking her to three sets.
Riske posed a stern test on paper, having won more games on grass than anyone else in 2019 and already claiming several high-profile scalps at SW19, and that proved to be the case, though Williams showed her mettle to win 6-4 4-6 6-3 out on Centre Court.
Williams is chasing her eighth Wimbledon title and her first Grand Slam title since January 2017.
“It was really satisfying,” the 37-year-old told the BBC.
“I wouldn’t have won that match a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m glad I was able to come through. She was honestly playing amazing, she beat so many great players.
“I was really pumped, it was for a place in the semis at Wimbledon and that doesn’t happen every day. It’s a long, arduous road.”
Standing between Serena and a return to the Wimbledon final will be the winner between the tricky Barbora Strycova and home home Johanna Konta, the No.19 seed.