Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wimbledon women's final preview: Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber

Wimbledon women's final preview: Serena Williams to face Angelique Kerber

Serena Williams said "it's crazy" that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, just 10 months after a series of life-saving surgeries which followed the birth of her daughter.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence.

Serena Williams admits she's been surprised by her march to the Wimbledon final after only playing four tournaments since returning to the court.

"I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest. I am a solicitor and I know how painful it is to go to work and then have to get up in the middle of the night".

In her way to winning a 24th Grand Slam title, and the opportunity to go level with Margaret Court's record, will be Kerber, who she defeated in 2016 to win her seventh Wimbledon title.

Williams was in control from the outset against 13th seed Gorges, who was making her Grand Slam semi-final debut. I was still pregnant at this time previous year.

'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said.

Given Williams's domination of the sport over the past two decades, it is easy to assume that she can summon greatness at the snap of her fingers.

The 36-year-old will also become the oldest mother to win a grand slam title and only the second mother to win Wimbledon.

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Given her array of interests away from tennis, it would be understandable if Serena was ready to bring down the curtain on her career to focus on the joys of motherhood and her relationship with husband Alexis Ohanian. "There was definitely pressure towards the end", said Williams, who also completed the Serena Slam in 2003. They say you can only beat what is in front of you and she has done it superbly.

In the first semi-final, Kerber, the highest seed remaining at No.11, was much too steady and resourceful for another power player, 21-year-old Jelena Ostapenko. At Wimbledon, on a 20-match unbeaten streak having lifted the title in 2015 and 2016, it is like she has never been away. 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.

Kerber is a very good player but Serena is on the precipice of a first post pregnancy Slam to add to her legacy.

"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me".

Thumping ground strokes and firing off booming serves, Williams rushed to a 5-2 lead, and took the first set in 33 minutes as she broke her opponent for a second time. "There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox", said Williams.

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

But when the steely-eyed Williams imposed her iron will, the challenger was unable to reply, dropping five games straight to surrender the first set and fall behind in the second.

Jul 12, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

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