Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber beats Jelena Ostapenko to reach women's final

Annette Crawford
July 14, 2018

Wimbledon seemingly disagrees with where the WTA think Williams is at right now. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major.

A game built on rugged defense, counter-punching and a tricky leftie serve gives her a chance of throwing Williams off her relentless stride.

It was only 10 1/2 months ago that Williams had far more serious concerns. "I think it's incredible that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said. "I didn't know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts".

Across the net, she will find that same Angelique Kerber whom she defeated in her last title-match appearance on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

The American star will have history in her sights against Kerber as she tries to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams singles titles.

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving".

This is the biggest question mark hanging over Angelique Kerber, who has hit some second serves this tournament at barely 60mph. "I think it's just not fair".

The American former world number one overpowered Germany's Julia Gorges 6-2 6-4, while Kerber beat Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3. Serena Williams of the US plays a shot during her semi final match against Julia Goerges of Germany.

Williams watched Wimbledon from afar past year when her sister Venus lost to Spain's Garbine Muguruza but, in truth, it feels as if she has never been away after she dropped only one set as she progressed to a 10th Wimbledon final. Serena became the first woman over 30 to win Wimbledon since Martina Navratilova in 1990, while her 102 aces were the most in an All England Club campaign.

Williams only returned to the Tour in March, having "almost died" giving birth to her daughter last September.

- In the most one-sided of Serena's Wimbledon finals, she needed just 66 minutes to demolish the out-classed Vera Zvonareva. "This was not inevitable for me".

Williams took a 19-match Wimbledon winning streak into the day. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

An avid tennis fan, Kate has attended nearly every year since becoming a royal, is patron of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and famously had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home.

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

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. As her top-seeded peers [correction: at No. 25, Williams would become the lowest seed ever to win Wimbledon] bent to the pressures of facing fearless underdogs, Williams approached every match knowing her opponents would play their best tennis against her, and elevated her own game in response. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long.

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.

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia". "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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