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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Williams repels Pierce fightback
Wimbledon quarter-final result:

M PIERCE (Fra) v V WILLIAMS (US)

0-6 6-7


Game-by-game updates:

Second set:

Pierce 0-6 6-6 (12-10) Williams
Williams claims a place in the semi-finals after saving five set points as Pierce is left to rue missed opportunities. The Frenchwoman was up 6-4 early on but unforced errors allowed her opponent to eventually seal the match.

Pierce 0-6 6-6 Williams
The second set goes to a tie-break after Pierce holds serve to a rousing cheer from the crowd on Centre Court.

Pierce 0-6 5-6 Williams
A superb return from Pierce puts Williams under pressure on early on but the former Wimbledon champion breaks the 30-30 deadlock to move one game away from a place in the semi-finals.

Pierce 0-6 5-5 Williams
Pierce serves her first ace of the match to race to 40-0. Williams grabs the next point with a return down the line but Pierce clinches the next to take the game.

Pierce 0-6 4-5 Williams
Williams conceded just one point on her way to closing out another service game.

Pierce 0-6 4-4 Williams
Pierce is still battling hard, racing to a 40-15 lead before holding serve on the next point.

Pierce 0-6 3-4 Williams
Williams grabs her second love service game of the match to keep up the pressure on Pierce.

Pierce 0-6 3-3 Williams
Pierce keeps up the pressure with a more comfortable service game than before.

Pierce 0-6 2-3 Williams
Pierce pushes the Williams serve to deuce for the first time in the match but the American holds on to extend her lead.

Pierce 0-6 2-2 Williams
The pressure is straight back to Pierce after Williams' love service game but the Frenchwoman holds her nerve and service game after breaking the 30-30 deadlock.

Pierce 0-6 1-2 Williams
Williams' service game is infinitely faster than Pierce's as the American powers through to hold serve to love.

Pierce 0-6 1-1 Williams
Centre Court could have a match on its hands as Pierce wins her first game of the match. The strain and disappointment can be seen on her face as Williams earns the first of two break points on deuce. Pierce battles back, finally holding service on her sixth game point.

Pierce 0-6 0-1 Williams
Pierce grabs her first real chance to turn the tide against Williams at 15-30, but hits a long passing shot just wide. She mamages to push the American to deuce but Williams carries through to take her seventh game in succession.


First set:

Pierce 0-6 Williams
Williams shows her potential to claim another Wimbledon crown as she seals the first set with her second break point.

Pierce 0-5 Williams
Williams races to a five-game lead and looks in pole-position for the semi-finals.

Pierce 0-4 Williams
Pierce is really struggling to slow a rampant Williams, who claims the second of two break points to take a solid lead in the first set.

Pierce 0-3 Williams
Williams consolidates the break with a comfortable service game.

Pierce 0-2 Williams
A shakey start for Pierce who is immediately broken by the powerful ground-strokes of Williams.

Pierce 0-1 Williams
Pierece pushes the former Wimbledon champion to 30-30 but Williams holds her nerve to secure her opening service game.




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