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Superhuman Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final

14 July 2018, 07:15 | Pamela Mathis

Ostapenko has spent less time on court en route to the semi-finals Credit AP

Ostapenko has spent less time on court en route to the semi-finals

Williams won their last meeting, in the 2017 Wimbledon final.

In addition to the issues relating to her health, Williams has also had to deal with being away from her daughter at such a precious moment in her child's development.

"In a way, it's by far the toughest year for me, but in a way it's by far the best".

"I think it's unbelievable that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said.

A victory will give her an 8th Wimbledon title and 24th Grand Slam crown, taking her level with Margaret Court's all-time mark. They say you can only beat what is in front of you and she has done it superbly. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because less than a year ago I was going through so much stuff".

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that [Court's record] this tournament", Williams told reporters.

"I think the Centre Court is much slower than the other courts I played on before", the 12th seed said.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals.

Ostapenko saved a match point in the seventh and gained one break back, but it was not enough against the 2016 Australian Open and US Open champion.

Serena Williams won the Australian Open previous year while in the early stages of pregnancy.

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After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams was treated for blood clots.

The first two points played by Ostapenko - who won the French Open in 2017 and crashed out in the first round the following year - were emblematic of the match.

Despite being only four tournaments into her return, she has been many people's favourite for an eighth title.

"This is not inevitable for me to be playing like this". "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it". On Saturday, they will meet in a major final for the third consecutive time, having split their last two meetings, with Kerber besting Serena at the 2016 Australian Open final and Serena exacting revenge at Wimbledon six months later.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition.

For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt.

Williams has not been untouchable here, even with a very clement draw at a place where she has won the singles title seven times.

When Williams married her husband, Alexis Ohanian, many questioned why Markle wasn't in attendance, despite the fact that the guest list was star-studded and impressive with guests like Beyonce, Ciara, and Kim Kardashian. With 23 major singles titles to her credit, Williams could easily have chose to call it a career at age 36. It is timed for release as the anticipation crests with Roger as returning champion, 10 years after their famed 2008 Wimbledon championship - an epic match so close and so reflective of their competitive balance that, in the end, the true victor was the sport itself.

But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.



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