Serena Williams ‘can’t help but smile’ after advancing to Wimbledon final
Serena Williams ‘can’t help but smile’ after advancing to Wimbledon final
Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko
13 July, 2018, 03:21
Williams will take on fellow former world No.1 Angelique Kerber in Saturday's showpiece final after overpowering German 13th seed Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in just her 13th match back since returning to the court after more than a year's maternity leave. Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in their last meeting in the 2016 Wimbledon final and said she's been watching the German play well the last two weeks. She will also be returning to Wimbledon the following day with her husband Prince William to watch the Gentlemen's Singles Final on Centre Court.
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. "That's why she is there where she is now", Kerber said of Williams.
Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final having belted more winners (199), more aces (44) and more unreturned serves (113) than anyone else in the women's draw but those statistics counted for little when she came up against an opponent who is in hot pursuit of a record-equalling 24th major. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest.
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She completely controlled the game and crucially broke to 4-2 in the opening set.
Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start.
With 2016, all the success, 2017, with a few up and downs, to coming back this year, I think I learned so many things about me.
I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.
Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.
Kerber was under pressure straight away on her own serve and the match might have taken a different course if Ostapenko had not blazed a forehand long at 30-30 with the court gaping.
When you remember the fact that she continues to suffer from pulmonary embolisms and that she will turn 37 in September - there are younger players taking part in this year's invitational doubles - her achievements are truly astonishing, however rich her past pedigree. "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final".
"I think it is a completely new match".
Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner.
"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".
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.
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