Serena Williams has reached her 10th final at Wimbledon, 30th at all Grand Slam tournaments - and first since having a baby a little more than 10 months ago. She had 14 winners and 10 unforced errors, while Kerber had three winners and - this was key - zero unforced errors. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. On the way to the last-four, she's dropped one set - against Camila Giorgi - in the quarterfinal.
Serena Williams is back, for real. She played so brilliantly, moving around the court so well and hitting with such power that at some point, we stopped thinking about her as a woman overcoming improbable odds and instead started expecting the results of a player who won six of the previous 10 Grand Slams she contested before announcing to the world she was pregnant. Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in their last meeting in the 2016 Wimbledon final and said she's been watching the German play well the last two weeks.
Ostapenko, seeded 12th at SW19, threw everything at her opponent but was not able to haul herself back into the contest at all.
"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free". And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era.
Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the ideal moment. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".
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"She knew how to win that match by her experience, and". "I have to be ready for the match of my life".
That enjoyment was clear to see as she dashed Goerges's hopes of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber in 70 unforgiving minutes.
As for her focus on winning No. 24? I was limiting myself. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win. Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this.
'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches. "So I'm not even there yet".