Kerber reaches Wimbledon final round, ends Ostapenko's best run

Florence Fletcher
July 16, 2018

Williams, who missed Wimbledon past year due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016.

Serena Williams is one victory away from equalling Margaret Court's all-time grand slam record and will have royal support as she bids to make more history.

First, consider her rehab from an agonisingly hard birth that included complications causedby blood clots, an experience that left Williams bedridden for six weeks, surely tempting her to call time on what was already the most accomplished career in modern tennis.

"If I could pick to play any one single player from another generation it would be Serena Williams at Wimbledon, no question", Navratilova said in her London Evening Standard newspaper column on Friday.

Williams also has the opportunity to become the first mother to hoist the Wimbledon trophy since Court's fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. She's a fighter. She's a champion. "I want to get as many as I can".

"I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not "normal" for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

"It's like, "C'mon guys, this is pretty awesome".

"To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favourite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time". I think everybody knows this tournament.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

The second set was quite simply a masterclass in precision groundstrokes from Kerber as she again broke early to seize the advantage.

"[When I see Serena] I see a champion, that's for sure", 11th seed Kerber told wtatennis.com.

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Referencing her dismal form past year, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that". "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, 36, said, according to the Associated Press. Nine of the top 10 seeds suffered early exits but all the while Williams hasn't missed a beat, much to her rivals' misfortune.

"I think it is a completely new match".

What we remember most about that Australian Open final was how Williams was looking in the warmup to practice attacking what was, then, Kerber's biggest weakness: her second serve.

Since day one at the All England Club, Williams has built game upon game, match upon match and has found her sharpness on the grass.

Williams has every reason to be confident against 13th-seeded Goerges of Germany, who is playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

"That's a good thing because I put so much pressure on myself when I was trying to get to 18, then the rest, it was so much".

Kerber lost to Serena Williams in the 2016 final and could face a rematch with the seven-time champion, who is due next on Centre Court against 13th-seeded Julia Goerges.

Former Wimbledon men's doubles champions Mike Bryan and Jack Sock are into another All England Club final at their first Grand Slam playing together. The heroism required to come back from two sets down to Roger Federer is not the kind required to disarm a ticking time bomb in a war zone.

Jay Sandhu, Last Word on Tennis: "Though Serena has played unbelievably well so far, she hasn't faced a player like Kerber yet".

The second set mirrored the first, as the German fell behind in the sixth game with a forehand error.

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