Serena Williams Outlast Alison Riske to Clinch Her 12th Wimbledon Semifinal

Serena Williams during the 2017 Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne. Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (8136743bf)

Serena Williams isn’t showing signs of slowing down in her quest to win her eighth Wimbledon. In a  three sets match on Tuesday, Williams managed to outlast fellow American Alison Riske and get a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win to advance in her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.

Although Riske, currently placed 89 in the world, was playing her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, she still managed to provide Williams with a tough challenge. The two provided the audience an exciting match that was a nail bitter all the way to the end.

With 4-3 in the third and final set, Williams managed to stay calm under pressure and break to claim a 5-3 lead. Riske didn’t manage to recover from this, allowing Williams to finish the match on her own serve.

“You want to come to see some tennis,” – said Williams after the match. “I think, if anything, it speaks for the level of all players, the depth of the women’s field. Everyone is playing incredibly tough.”

Besides chasing her eighth Wimbledon, Williams is also trying to catch up Margaret Court’s record 24 career Grand Slams. Still, Williams, who has 23 Grand Slam wins, doesn’t feel much pressure to make this happen.

“Now it’s like I’ve done everything I need to do,” – she added. “Like, I’ve had a great career, so I don’t feel the pressure as much anymore.”

Williams will now face No.48 Czech Barbora Strycova in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Elina Svitolina is pitted against Simona Halep.