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Wimbledon 2018 -- Angelique Kerber advances to final

12 July, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • German Tennis Player Julia Goerges

When the seeds kept tumbling at Wimbledon last week the growing feeling was that the trophy was bound to end up in Serena Williams' arms again for an eighth time at the All England Club. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself.

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.

'This was not inevitable for me, I had a really hard pregnancy and I had to have multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it.

On Saturday, Williams can match Australian Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and move one shy of Martina Navratilova's record nine Wimbledons.

In an intense rally at 30-40, Williams stepped up a gear and forced an error from her opponent to take a 4-2 lead, and she followed that up with a comfortable hold. "I'm just enjoying every moment".

After having Princess Charlotte in May 2015, the Duchess's maternity leave lasted six months and it was expected to be the same length of time for her third child.

Jelena Ostapenko has started her first Wimbledon semifinal. Williams is playing in her fourth tournament and her second Grand Slam since missing more than a year with her pregnancy, but you'd never know it looking at her.

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'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.

'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.

At 181st in the world, 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.

Williams took the wheel early when she broke Gorges' serve in the fifth game of the first set.

That title pushed her past Steffi Graf's record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era. 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. There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".

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