Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany'sJulia Goerges today. To hear people say, "Oh, she's a favourite" - the last 16 months, I've played four tournaments, and was carrying another human half that time.
A jubilant Williams celebrated with relish as she closed out victory with a break of serve to love on the Goerges delivery.
The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors. An eighth Wimbledon title would put Williams one behind Martina Navratilova for most championships at the All England Club.
However, Goerges simply did not have the firepower or belief to stop the seven-times champion, who had hoisted the Venus Rosewater Dish on her two previous appearances in 2015 and 2016, from surging to a 20th successive Wimbledon win. I think grass is her best surface and she plays so well here. "This is the only chance to beat her".
Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape. Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon.
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With 2016, all the success, 2017, with a few up and downs, to coming back this year, I think I learned so many things about me.
. "This was not inevitable for me". "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it". It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff".
"She's always going out there to win the matches".
Will Serena match Court's record? Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams.
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. In the set, Williams won an incredible 87 percent of her first-serve points (13 of 15).
On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.
The American won her first set comfortably and was almost taken by surprise in the second, when Goerges managed to cut the deficit from 5-2 to 5-4.
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