Home » Sport

Serena to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

14 July, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Ostapenko has spent less time on court en route to the semi-finals

The 36-year-old's pregnancy ended with an extremely hard delivery that left her needing several operations to prevent life-threatening blood clots. Stop and let that breathe for a moment.

When she won that 23rd Slam in Melbourne previous year, breaking the record for major singles titles in the Open era that she held with Steffi Graf, there was a sense of urgency about it, at least to her.

The 70-minute 6-2 6-4 destruction, during which Williams was made to run up and down the baseline and also chased after lobs as Goerges desperately tried to stay alive, left both King and nine-times champion Martina Navratilova open mouthed.

"I lost count after four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said. "There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox", said Williams.

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.

But she declined to compare her recovery to other injuries and setbacks she has experienced, pointing to the joy of motherhood that offsets it all.

It turns out that she needn't have anxious. Outside expectations were couched. That changed last week.

"I'm glad no one told me at the time I was going through that".

As top seed after top seed failed to advance past the early rounds, Serena sailed, dropping only one set in six matches.

Williams is the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final.

But at this unusual stage, the chase for No.24 seems secondary to Williams simply being back in sparkling form so soon after her delivery and medical problems. That's something I have to keep reminding myself. "It's not frustrating, but it's like, 'C'mon, guys, this is pretty awesome'". Williams asked Mouratoglou to not speak publicly about her at the London slam after he publicly criticized her decision to play doubles at the French Open, the New York Times reported. She talked about the power of walking into her matches knowing she has nothing to lose, a point of view she gained by losing nearly everything. But Williams said that she had not been thinking about it here. "Having to deal with pulmonary embolisms is more mentally challenging because if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario".

Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany
There are always other options, the USA secretary said, noting that the parties had held frank discussions on Nord Stream 2. The US is opposed to the project because it will increase Europe's reliance on Russian Federation for gas supplies.

"Oh, wow. I never thought about that".

Ostapenko's previous experience of playing on Centre Court was a year ago against Venus Williams in the quarter-finals.

We also have to see the player who is in only in her fourth tournament since her return from childbirth and a series of emergency surgeries to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

Champion in 2015 and 2016 before missing past year while pregnant, Williams' victory extended her winning streak on the famous London grass to 20 matches.

Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon.

Court's career mark, which once seemed beyond Williams's reach, has been a frequent discussion point.

It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2. The public didn't know she was pregnant - she wouldn't announce it until later that spring - but she was aware that the Aussie final might have been her last chance to surpass Graf's total. "So do I", Williams said. But this is different.

"At this level, if I'm doing so many unforced errors, it's not going to work".

Serena Williams beat Julia Goerges in straight sets Thursday at Wimbledon, clinching a spot in the women's final Saturday in London. "I want to get as many as I can".

"She's carrying a message and on a platform that is so much bigger than a tournament or a sport, " said Jill Smoller, her long-time agent. "So I'm not even there yet".


  • Serena Williams has got the Markle of a champion

    Serena Williams has got the Markle of a champion

    Later that day, Meghan and Harry flew to Dublin for a whirlwind two-day visit on behalf of the British government. It's been a busy week for the royals with multiple public appearances.
    World’s longest fingernails finally cut after 66 years

    World’s longest fingernails finally cut after 66 years

    Adjudicators noted his thumbnail measured an unbelievable 197.8cm and curled into a tight coil at the end. He cannot open his hand out from a closed position or flex his fingers, as you can see in this picture.
    Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

    Serena into semis after fighting back to beat Giorgi

    Li said she did not miss playing on the tour, but did miss the rough and tumble of testing herself against the best. Rodina, who like Williams combines a tennis career with motherhood, looked overawed at first as she went 3-0 down.
  • Obama loses more than 2 million Twitter followers amid crackdown

    The fake and frozen accounts out there were a huge part of many user follower counts, but they aren't going to be any longer. President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.
    Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking six-hour semi-final

    Anderson beats Isner in record-breaking six-hour semi-final

    The final set was five minutes short of three hours, ending when-after many missed chances-Anderson broke Isner's. Anderson earned his second Grand Slam final berth, and he will face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
    Elderly woman mistakenly steals auto , drives it for 2 weeks

    Elderly woman mistakenly steals auto , drives it for 2 weeks

    The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his vehicle missing from the parking lot, according to police. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman.
  • U.S.  woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on

    U.S. woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed as police looks on

    She said she had spoken with Rosselló, telling him the behavior in the video "does not represent our values in Cook County". When the policeman didn't respond, Irizarry says, "Officer, I feel highly uncomfortable".
    Schumer Tells Trump to Cancel Meeting With Putin - Cortney O'Brien

    Schumer Tells Trump to Cancel Meeting With Putin - Cortney O'Brien

    The president will also be attending a pair of meetings of the North Atlantic Council before he departs for the United Kingdom. He said he briefed the president earlier this week about the indictments , but declined to describe Trump's reaction.
    Croatia's monumental journey to the FIFA World Cup 2018 finals

    Croatia's monumental journey to the FIFA World Cup 2018 finals

    Stephen Fry was among those to take to Twitter after the match, and his message reflected the thoughts of many. I can see what we have achieved, albeit when you are so close you look back at what we might have done.
  • Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

    Hurricane Chris is rapidly strengthening, storm east of Cape Hatteras

    Tropical Storm Chris is now tracking the East Coast of the United States and is set to cross the Atlantic to the UK. Hurricane Chris continued to race out into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.
    Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 Plus with five cameras

    Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 Plus with five cameras

    You can also see that the Galaxy Tab S4 will ship with AKG audio, which is not surprising, as AKG is now owned by Samsung. The report further adds that there are three phones now under-development by Samsung in the Galaxy S10 series.
    Stylish images Kate Middleton during the baptism of her children

    Stylish images Kate Middleton during the baptism of her children

    She attended her brother-in-law's wedding in May, Trooping the Colour in June, and now the RAF centenary commemorations. The outlet reported that Kate felt the celebration was important to be at if she was feeling up to it.


Minnesota PGA Tour stop scheduled for July 4 week in 2019
Teater, the victor of the 2009 Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour, played on the PGA TOUR during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The WGC-Mexico Championship moves up a week following Genesis and precedes the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Blast near MMA candidate Akram Durrani's convoy kills three
Expressing concerns over such attacks during election campaigns, he called for serious investigations in these attacks. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a bomb-and-gun attack after an election rally ahead of 2008 polls.

There's Just One Blockbuster Video Left in the Entire Country
She said she has been working at Blockbuster for 14 years and seen her share of heartache as stores closed. Daymude said the loss of such a loyal customer base will be a hard element in addition to the closing.

Germany will make sovereign decision on military spending, Maas says
And I know that's valued very highly over here and people can disagree strongly and still go out to dinner". Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.

J&J Jury Awards $4.14 Billion Punitive Damages Over Talc Cancer
Toni Roberts, 61, believes the company's talcum powder products caused her ovarian cancer, and a jury in Missouri agreed. Jurors in California previously ordered the company to pay $ 417 million , but J&J successfully appealed that decision.

France's captain hits back at Belgian jibes
They could stick around for the next European Championship in two years, but the 2022 World Cup in Qatar may be a bridge too far. Near the end of the game French midfielder Blaise Matuidi had to go off due to injury.

Does Katy Perry Still Have the Most Followers — Twitter's Biggest Losers
Amitabh Bachchan has in fact faced the biggest hit by losing out on the maximum number of followers. Twitter on Thursday kicked off its latest effort to rid the platform of fake or frozen accounts.

Obamacare 'navigator' program cut further by Trump administration
Arnam said many people spend considerable time learning about health insurance options from a navigator, but enroll later at home. Navigators say they don't get credit for all the consumers they help guide through the process but don't actually sign up.

An expert breaks down Donald Trump and Theresa May's hand-hold
Speaking ahead of Mr Trump's visit , Mr Khan said: "Around the world, the far-right and nationalist populists are on the rise". Rallies in London kicked off with a 20-foot blimp shaped like a baby Trump flying over Parliament .

Papa John's will drop founder John Schnatter from logo and adverts
For the first three months of this year, the chain said a key sales figure fell 5.3 per cent in North America. Schnatter subsequently issued a statement acknowledging the use of "inappropriate and hurtful" language.