Goerges downs Bertens to set up Wimbledon semi with Serena

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

Germany's Julia Goerges celebrates after beating Netherlands' Kiki Bertens 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon.   -  AFP

Germany's Julia Goerges advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win against Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens on Tuesday.

Goerges, seeded 13th, faces seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final.

Goerges had suffered five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club before this year.

It also took her until her 42nd Grand Slam appearance to finally get through to the last four at a major.

But the 29-year-old has erased those painful memories with a superb run, capped by a come from behind success against Bertens in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

With Angelique Kerber also in the last four, it is the first time two German women have made the semifinals of a Grand Slam since Steffi Graf and Anke Huber at the 1993 French Open.

Bertens was unable to follow her shock wins against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova earlier in the tournament.

The 26-year-old, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, was the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

But she failed in her bid to become the first Dutchwoman to make the Wimbledon last four since Betty Stove in 1977.

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