Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

Florence Fletcher
July 13, 2018

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies.

Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month. That was also the year she lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

However, Goerges simply did not have the firepower or belief to stop the seven-times champion, who had hoisted the Venus Rosewater Dish on her two previous appearances in 2015 and 2016, from surging to a 20th successive Wimbledon win. So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match. She knows how to play on this court. "She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017", Kerber said.

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Williams will next face German world No 10 Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams.

Williams was in control from the outset against 13th seed Gorges, who was making her Grand Slam semi-final debut. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day.

Wimbledon continues Friday with the men's semifinals: Rafael Nadal playing Novak Djokovic for a 52nd time, most between two men in the Open Era (Djokovic leads 26-25), and American John Isner against South African Kevin Anderson in a match of first-time Wimbledon semifinalists.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead. The first of the ladies' semifinals was all about the former finalist Kerber's serving power, which was up at 87 per cent for most of the match, but sunk to (77 per cent 49/64) by the end of the clash. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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