Serena Williams Reaches Semifinals (VIDEO)

Source: AP / ESPN

WIMBLEDON, England — The sounds were new to Serena Williams, and the feeling on Centre Court was different. The result, though, was quite familiar.

Playing under the retractable roof for the first time on the court where she’s had some of her biggest triumphs, Williams defeated defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-5 to reach her eighth Wimbledon semifinal on Tuesday.

“I loved it. I loved the sound,” Williams said. “The sound of the balls. It’s kind of like a whoosh and a pop. It’s really cool. It’s almost like a video game, but you’re playing. It kind of flies through and you hear it when it lands. … I really like playing indoor.”

While rain disrupted play elsewhere at the All England Club, Williams used another commanding serving performance to overpower the fourth-seeded Czech. Williams hit 13 aces — including three in the last game — to end Kvitova’s 11-match winning streak at Wimbledon. Her last loss here also came against Williams, in the 2010 semifinals.

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