Serena Williams headed into the quarter-final match against the Italian Camila Giorgi leading head to head meetings 3-0, but the American knew that it would have not been easy. And she admitted it herself after beating Giorgi in three sets, 3-6 6-3 6-4.
'Every time I play Giorgi, she always plays at a high level', the former world No. 1 said in press conference. 'But she plays that level against everyone, so that's even more impressive that she always plays like that no matter who she plays.
I knew going in, that it wouldn't be an easy match.' Serena also spoke about how it feels to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal since 2017 Australian Open: 'I think everything right now is a little bit of a surprise.
To be here, to be in the semifinals. I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals. But when it actually happens, it still is, like, 'Wow, this is really happening.' It's weird. Sometimes I feel, 'Man, I'm in trouble.' Sometimes I feel, 'I can fight.' For whatever reason, today I was so calm.
Even when I was down the first set, I thought, 'Well, she's playing great. I'm doing a lot of the right things. It is what it is.' I feel good, like I did better today because I had to. This is only my fourth tournament back.
I don't feel pressure, or like like I have to win this or lose it. I'm just here to prove that I'm back. I feel like I am but I still have a ways to go to be back where I want to be.' ALSO READ: Alexander Zverev: 'I am trying not to be a Roger Federer fan anymore' .