Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with straight sets win

13 July, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Serena Williams in action at Wimbledon

Serena Williams is into the Wimbledon final.

"She's walking, maybe a little too fast", she said. "I think it's just not fair".

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies.

The sheer energy it took to stay with the 25th seed eventually took its toll, though, and Williams was ruthless in converting.

Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel".

Especially at the All England Club, where a relatively routine 6-2 6-4 victory over 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) put Williams one win away from an eighth championship.

The 23-time slam champion will equal Margaret Court's all-time haul of major titles if she beats Kerber on Saturday. "She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017", Kerber said.

"I don't want to limit myself", Williams said.

Consecutive Ostapenko backhand errors handed 10th seed Kerber the first break and she proceeded to win seven of the next eight games basically by defending well and serving solidly to move into a 5-1 lead in the second set.

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And Kerber, who has just two wins over her in eight meetings, knows she can not underestimate her current level. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals.

The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors. The two faced-off in the 2016 finals, where Williams was victorious. Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant.

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

"It was just routine every day, I had to have a new surgery".

Having fallen from a year-end ranking of World No.1 in 2016 out of the Top 20 in 2017, Angelique Kerber has had a resurgence this year, compiling a 38-10 Tour-level record in 2018 and reaching at least the quarterfinals in 10 of her 12 tournaments (the exceptions being a second-round retirement in Stuttgart to Anett Kontaveit and a first-round loss in Mallorca to Alison Riske).

"This is not inevitable for me". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest".

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.

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