Having beaten compatriot Alison Riske in three sets in the singles quarter-finals earlier in the day, Williams looked like she wanted to be anywhere but out on court again. Riske, who plays Serena in the last eight on Tuesday, has only played doubles alongside the 23-time major victor, but never really stood across the net from her. She has been ranked as high as No. 36 (2017).
On No. 1 Court, former No. 1 Simona Halep beat Zhang Shuai 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the second time.
She put menacing pressure on the Riske serve, bringing up break point, before a double fault gave Williams a 5-3 lead, an advantage she was never going to relinquish.
The unseeded Czech player then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second and broke again for a 5-1 lead.
However, while conducting her post-match media duties, Konta was involved in a heated exchange with a journalist from the Daily Express. "Yeah, I hope she takes the title now".
She was spraying errors off her forehand - always the most likely wing to break down - but at least took the set to a tie-break. She also pledged to continue to fight for women.
Serena Williams of the United States awaits the presentations after her controversial loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan in the Women's Singles Final on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8th, 2018, in Flushing, Queens, New York City. "Was I wrong to stand up?" she asked in the article.
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Berrettini saved three match points to see off Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. Serena Williams in action during her third round match against Julia Goerges at Wimbledon on Saturday.
"As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love - one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn't stop winning", she continued. "Yeah, I don't have much else to say to your question".
"She was really so close to taking the win today", Williams said of Riske.
Williams said when she received the response from Osaka, "tears rolled down my face..." The first came as a result of what Ramos deemed coaching from her box.
She was fined $17,000 for code violations for the coaching warning, breaking her racket and alleged "verbal abuse" against the umpire. That match ended in controversy, as Williams was docked a point and a game for arguing with a ref. "Ultimately, my daughter is the reason I use my voice, the reason I picked up a racket again", she wrote.
These sorts of stakes, and this sort of setting, are unfamiliar for Riske, who mistakenly headed to her changeover chair thinking the match's fifth game was over when the score was just 40-15.
Williams had several break points in a roller-coaster eighth game and eventually clinched the break when Riske double faulted.
Williams was largely lambasted over the incident and it overshadowed 20-year-old Naomi Osaka's first Grand Slam victory. Not ready to go back to the tennis court, Williams penned a letter to Osaka.