Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Wimbledon: Extraordinary Serena Williams into final

Wimbledon: Extraordinary Serena Williams into final

Two months away from turning 37, and just 10 months after giving birth to her first child, this extraordinary athlete now has the opportunity to relive the 2016 Wimbledon final, when she played and defeated Kerber.

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort against Goerges, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles in singles in her career so far, but this one would be different.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal. "That's what I'm doing", Serena said.

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.

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second. I had a tough delivery, multiple surgeries.

Saturday's final will be a re-match of the 2016 showpiece, which Williams won.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all. For a time afterward, she could barely walk to the mailbox.

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Ostapenko grew increasingly frustrated as she slipped a second break down and, despite hitting back to deny Kerber as she attempted to serve out for the match at 5-1, could not do enough. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff".

"When I start this year, a goal was to be playing good in majors, in the Grand Slams, and to reach finals again".

Williams says the problems she faced after the birth of Olympia have left her in constant fear of new complications arising with a pulmonary embolism.

Serena Williams is playing some of her best tennis, and she'll go for her eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday.

But Serena had already made her mark on the tournament this year before she ever stepped foot on Centre Court. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner. "I didn't know I would have such traumatic thoughts".

But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.

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