Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams beats Julia Gorges to enter finals

Wiiliams and Kerber when they faced off in 2016

But she brought up the one match point she required with a forehand bang on the baseline. And her serve, widely regarded as the greatest in women's tennis, once again packs its daunting punch and placement.

LONDON-Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.

The 30-year-old's quarter-final spot at Roland Garros last month was her best performance in Paris in six years. It's not like I want to hit every ball so hard.

After claiming her first "Serena Slam"-holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time - with a win at the Australian Open, Serena claimed back-to-back Wimbledon titles in a rematch against her sister".

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams said according to ESPN. I can't say it's not.

Kerber had beaten Williams in the Australian Open final in January, but the German couldn't produce another shock.

Williams also moved past Billie Jean King to sixth in the all-time list of female Grand Slam singles champions with 13 major titles. "She's coming back. For me, I'm coming back from 2017", Kerber said. Sometimes in the match that happens because I really want to hit a victor, I want to win the point. Williams is now just one win away from getting the record-breaking 24th grand slam title.

"It's very impressive. I haven't even been to the gym, let alone played tennis". I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

The powerful American had been on a 20-match winning roll at Wimbledon, a sequence that started in 2015, and had picked up speed round by round in the past fortnight.




"Of playing Goerges weeks later in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, Williams said in her own press conference that Goerges was a "nice, professional" girl, then said, "[My previous match against Goerges] doesn't matter, it's a new surface, it's everything...and we're starting from zero, so I'm going to go out there and just do what I can and do my best".

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now.

The 29-year-old had served more aces (44) and hit more winners (199) than any other player in the first five rounds.

The underdog won't lose the 2018 Wimbledon final; Williams will have to win it, as the American did with a 7-5 6-3 victory over the German two years ago.

"I played only one match on Centre Court, and I didn't actually expect it was that slow". There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.

Her 10th Wimbledon final ended in disappointment though.

Later, Williams was asked whether this has been her most trying comeback in a career that's had its share, including an earlier bout with blood clots in her lungs.

Williams' pregnancy was not without complications, as she told the BBC this week: "It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

"It's about picking yourself up off the floor", said Jill Smoller, Williams' close friend, confidante and agent of almost 20 years.

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