Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Even after more than a year away from the tour, even after a health scare while having a baby a little more than 10 months ago, Williams is still capable of dominance.

On Saturday, just 10-and-a-half months since giving birth to her first child, Williams will take on Germany's Angelique Kerber for the chance to match Court's haul with a title at the All England Club.

She also extended her impressive winning record in Wimbledon semi-finals to 10-1 with an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges.

Williams will equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slam titles if she stages a repeat of the 2016 final, when she defeated Kerber.

The youngest remaining player in the draw, 21-year-old Ostapenko was a junior champion at Wimbledon in 2014 and has gone one step further than when she reached the quarterfinals at the All England club a year ago. "So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment". But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again.

"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".

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal.


After the brisk first set, Goerges competed much more effectively in the second until she saw her serve broken once more to give Williams the advantage.

She said: "I don't know".

Kerber is a former No. 1 and a two-time major champion, both coming in 2016 at the Australian Open and U.S. Open.

The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long.

"I lost count after, like, four surgeries", said Williams, who has been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.

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. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.

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