Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams is struggling to reach semis, Simona Halep facilitates

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams is struggling to reach semis, Simona Halep facilitates

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams dropped a set against American Alison Riske before dropping a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory in a Center Court thriller on Tuesday.

Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon 2019 Women's Semifinals on Tuesday.

Serena Williams advanced to the Wimbledon 2019 Women's Semifinals on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Serena Williams was drawn to a decision maker before she won her quarter-finals clash
  • Williams defeated Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the women's single semis
  • Simona Halep also advanced to the semi-final with an easy victory over Zhang Shuai

Serena Williams was pushed to three sets at Center Court before beating American American Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th half in Wimbledon.

Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riskea failed on the fourth break of the game and then earned the winner with an ace.

Williams was down a break twice in the opening set, but came back both times and broke again in the last game. But in the second set, Riske broke into a 5-4 before they kept serving the fight.

Riske converted all five points she created while Williams needed 16 opportunities to break six times.

Williams seeks an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory while Riske played his first quarter finals on a major tournament.

Simona Halep reached the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time and beat Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Halep was broken in his first service game when Zhang ran for a 3-0 lead in the first set, and the Romanians confronted four more break points of 4-1. But she eventually served in a game that contained six deuces, and then broke back to make it 4-3. In the tiebreaker, she converted her first setpoint with a forehand winner.

In the second set, Halep broke twice for a 5-1 lead and converted his second match point with another advance.

The 2018 French open champion is looking for his second career Grand Slam title but had not reached the semifinals at the All England Club since 2014. She will next meet either Elina Svitolina or Karolina Muchova.

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