Serena Through to Wimbledon Semis, Two Matches From Slam No

Fabio Fognini

In doing so she managed to avoid the fate that befell world number one Ashleigh Barty at the hands of Riske on Monday.

With a tour-best 14 grasscourt wins over the past month, Riske posed a serious threat and threatened to continue her giant-killing run after taking the second set from the seven-times champion.

Serena Williams battled through to her 12th Wimbledon semi-final after being pushed all the way by Alison Riske.

In addition to eight Wimbledon singles championships, Williams has won in doubles six times - all with sister Venus Williams in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2016 - and mixed doubles once (1998).

JOHANNA KONTA denied she had spurned a golden opportunity to win her first grand slam after losing to the unseeded Barbora Strycova in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. The incident occurred on June 30 when Williams threw her racquet during a training session on a grass court.

After 16 years on tour, 33-year-old Barbora Strycova has reached her first career Grand Slam semifinal.

Serena will have to be on her toes and ready for anything at any time; so far, when she's played Strycova, she has been.

Williams landed 81% of her returns (25 of 31) in that first set and won more than 50% of the points on both Riske's first serves and her second serves.

The other, at the U.S. Open, was accompanied by a dramatic final set in which Williams was given three code violations.

"It sounds insane, it's happening but I can't really believe it", said the bubbly and diminutive Strycova.

ANDY MURRAY says his time off after hip surgery has meant he is no longer hell-bent on winning tournaments again. She's also probably not the type of player Serena would have anticipated facing, either. There's just a lot of stuff to get done physically so I'm stronger.

"I haven't really thought about it, to be honest", she told reporters Tuesday.

But the doubles World No 3, with her serve and volley style, soft hands and swift touches has finally cracked the last four at Wimbledon. To do what he's done in an era where there's so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it.

The pair was broken twice to fall behind 4-0 in the third set on No. 2 Court and lost when Murray netted a forehand return on match point. In the past, I couldn't really control it. It was a bit of a slow start for the top seeds, however, as they needed three sets to get past Denys Molchanov and Galina Voskoboeva after receiving a bye in the first round.

"It's a great week to play her, and it's a match I really look forward to play", Strycova said.