Serena Williams is way down the rankings after missing much of the last year
14 July, 2018, 09:49
A ferocious ball-striker, the 21-year-old Ostapenko stunned the tennis world last year when she beat title favorite Simona Halep from a set and a break down to become the first unseeded player in the Open era to win the Roland Garros title. Moreover, given the times she has tumbled from the top of the world rankings following tragedy or injury, only to rise again - as she did following the 2003 death of her sister Yetunde, foot surgery in 2010 and a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2011 - it's easy to assume Williams's return to world-beating form was a certainty after maternity leave.
"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 according to ESPN.
She said: "Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me. I nearly didn't make it a few years ago", she said. "I'm just enjoying every moment", Williams added.
This weekend is a chance for Williams to equal Margaret Court's long-standing record of 24 grand slam singles titles.
The final tally told the story: Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, but also far more unforced errors, 36-7.
"It's such a great feeling to be back in the final and to play on the centre court is always a great feeling, a great experience and I'm really excited", Kerber said.
That enjoyment was clear to see as she dashed Goerges's hopes of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber in 70 unforgiving minutes.
Five games in, Ostapenko led 3-2, and the numbers were still tilted toward her.
The 25th-seeded player expressed her sadness over missing Olympia's first steps. She's one match from making that happen, 10 months after childbirth. "That was the hardest part, accepting that I didn't". That's why she is there where she is now.' About Kerber, Serena said: 'It's her second final in three years, is that right?
Serena had lost only one of her 10 previous Wimbledon semi-finals and the 11th followed a familiar script. 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.
"This is not inevitable for me". I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final.
Kerber upset Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final, one of two Williams losses in her 12 Grand Slam finals since the start of 2012.
She had won all the grand slam singles and women's doubles trophies at least twice, but she decided she wanted another challenge and stuck by that choice even though the complications after her caesarean section made a return to the circuit all the more hard. "Maybe one or two rounds but I got news for ya, the rest of the field is more anxious about her being about not seeded than she is".
Williams vs. Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon.
Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd.
Her only setback came when she was unable to serve the match out at 5-1 in the second set as Ostapenko made one last stand.
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