Superhuman Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final

13 July, 2018, 03:16 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Her daughter Olympia was born in September, but Williams then underwent emergency surgery to prevent life-threatening blood clots. She's a champion. That's why she is there where she is now'.

U.S. tennis star Serena Williams has outplayed Julia Görges of Germany 6-2 6-4 to propel herself into the Wimbledon final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said.

"I just feel when I don't have much to lose, I can play free".

The Wimbledon 2018 final will be Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber's ninth meeting, and a rematch of the Wimbledon 2016 final.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT).

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The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors.

Serena Williams can't believe she's poised to crown her mother of all tennis comeback with an eighth Wimbledon crown after blasting her way into a 10th final at The All England Club. In addition, this was Williams' 20th consecutive victory at Wimbledon, a run which has taken her to the title in her last two appearances.

"Seeing her back, it's great", said Kerber, who has lost six of eight previous matches against Williams. She is the second woman to accomplish this in the Open Era following Chris Evert, who played in a major final for 14 straight years between 1973 and 1986. Kate and Meghan will take to the royal box to watch the game, and it is sure to be a memorable experience for Meghan in particular, as she'll watch her close friend Serena Williams compete against Angelique Kerber for the chance to win a record-breaking 24th grand slam title. "This was not inevitable for me. I nearly couldn't make it to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final". I'm enjoying every moment. "To hear people say, "Oh, she's a favourite".

But Serena had already made her mark on the tournament this year before she ever stepped foot on Centre Court. They first faced each other over a decade ago, in the first round of the 2007 US Open, when Williams defeated a 19-year-old Kerber 6-3, 7-5. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

In the week leading up to her first-round match against Viktoriya Tomova, Williams posted a daily countdown on Instagram that included flashback Wimbledon photos and uplifting sentiments. When serving for the match, Williams fell behind 0-40, and Goerges broke on her third opportunity with a flashing forehand, slammed deep into the far corner.

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