WIMBLEDON, England (AP/KDKA) — Serena Williams was pushed to three sets on Centre Court before beating fellow American and western Pennsylvania native Alison Riske 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach her 12th Wimbledon semifinal.
Williams broke for a 5-3 lead in the third set when Riske double-faulted on the fourth break point of the game, and then served out the win with an ace.
Williams was down a break twice in the opening set but came back both times and broke again in the final game. But in the second set, Riske broke for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to even the match.
What a run, but it comes to an end in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for @Riske4rewards as 11th-seeded Serena Williams wins 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. This is as far as the @PetersTwp native had been in a Grand Slam — and included a win over world number one along the way. Pittsburgh Proud.
— Rick Dayton (@rickdayton) July 9, 2019
Riske converted all five break points she created, while Williams needed 16 opportunities to break six times.
Williams is seeking an eighth Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam victory, while Riske was playing her first quarterfinal at a major tournament.
Riske is a native of Peters Township.
Williams was due back on Centre Court later Tuesday to play mixed doubles with Andy Murray.
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