Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Rosalie Gross
July 13, 2018

Although Serena Williams seemingly restored a sense of normality by reaching the final at the All England Club for the 10th time in her illustrious career with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Julia Goerges on Thursday, this time her appearance in the showpiece is far from ordinary.

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her semi-final match against Germany's Julia Goerges at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London July 12, 2018.

Kerber earlier beat Latvian 12th seed and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 in Thursday's first semi-final.

She's also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

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 really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.

Three hundred and fourteen days after becoming a mother, tennis champion Serena Williams earned her spot in the finals at Wimbledon. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago. The German spent 10 hours on court en route to her first Grand Slam semifinal, the most by over two hours of any player left in the draw, and hit a tournament-leading 44 aces surpassing the 300-ace threshold for the second consecutive season. I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back after 16 months away.

'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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She double-faulted on set point and Kerber, who served well and defended superbly when required to fend off Ostapenko's sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead. Williams will face Angelique Kerber, also of Germany, in the final. I didn't think I was going to make it at one point.

In her press conference, Williams talked about how unbelievable it is to be where she is now.

After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams. "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final".

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".

"She won here I don't know how many times".

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final. Her crosscourt forehand burned the German, who failed to get around it with that big swing.

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