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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".

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"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".

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