Posted: Jul 3, 2012 9:02 AM by Andrew Masuda
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Serena Williams beat defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the eighth time.
In a matchup of the only two previous Wimbledon champions remaining in the women's draw, Williams saved a set point when trailing 5-4 in the second and then broke Kvitova in the next game. She served out the match with the help of three aces and a service winner.
Williams broke once in each set and finished with 13 aces and 27 winners overall.
Williams also defeated Kvitova in the 2010 semifinals en route to her fourth Wimbledon title.
Meantime, American qualifier Brian Baker's remarkable run at Wimbledon ended Tuesday in the fourth round with a 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to 27th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Kohlschreiber reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 126th-ranked Baker was trying to become the third American qualifier to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club. He was playing in Wimbledon's main draw for the first time after being off the tour for more than five years because of a series of operations, including to his right elbow.
He was ranked 458th at the start of 2012 but now will rise inside the top 100.
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