Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with straight sets win

Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with straight sets win

Williams won that one for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, before missing the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant.

The two Duchesses will attend the Ladies' Singles Final on Saturday, their first official royal appearance together without William and Harry.

Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape. "There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox", said Williams.

She has been at the top for a generation, since she beat Martina Hingis aged 17 in the 1999 US Open final.

In the past, Williams has often looked to be exorcising personal demons in the latter stages of major tournaments - the power in her strokes matched by the fire in her eyes. "It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through".

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Julia Goerges of Germany in their women's semifinal match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Thursday. Every day I had to have a new surgery, and it was because all of the blood issues I have, I was really touch and go for a minute ... Kerber is the best player she's faced this fortnight, and both women have dropped only one set so far this tournament.

"Because I have Olympia".

CHAMPION AT HER BEST "This is as well as she has played in her career".

"Serena loves to turn it up a notch at every level and very few players can hold their nerve".


In post-match interviews, she has talked candidly about motherhood. Then she opted to play a more defensive shell against Daria Kasatkina, hitting 16 winners to the Russian's 33. I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts...

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free".

"This is not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

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

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me", the 36-year-old Williams said, "and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career". 'Not even once actually. "It's just a number". Broken while serving for the match, she responded with more pressure, attacking the weak link she saw Georges's forehand - and eventually broke right back to clinch the win. "I have to be ready for the match of my life".

Serena Williams thinks of herself as Wimbledon royalty and the seven-time champion will be cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex in Saturday's final against Angelique Kerber.

Her sentiments were echoed by Anna Panaite, 30, who was cradling her four-month-old daughter Alex. "Wimbledon is a really special place".

Navratilova says she represents the ultimate challenge, especially on her favorite grass surface.

Kerber, a finalist at Wimbledon just two years ago, and a two-time Slam victor, should be a much tougher test. Serena had not faced another seeded player in this tournament until Goerges.

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