Serena nears eighth Wimbledon title

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Wimbledon Live Score Angelique Kerber will face Jelena Ostapenko in the first Wimbledon semi-final

U.S. tennis star Serena Williams has outplayed Julia Görges of Germany 6-2 6-4 to propel herself into the Wimbledon final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter. Wimbledon seemingly disagrees with where the WTA think Williams is at right now.

After withdrawing from her fourth-round match at the French Open with a pectoral injury last month, Williams' serve has been a potent weapon this tournament. This was one of a clutch of strangely lacklustre all-Williams finals that played a role in the public's apathy.

Kerber is going to need every bit of her powerful return game and relentless hitting to force Williams to make mistakes. That is the kind of mistake Kerber can not afford to make again Saturday, when she faces Williams for the eighth time in her career, and only the second time on grass.

She's also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because less than a year ago I was going through so much stuff". "I didn't know I would have such traumatic thoughts".

After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams. "That's something I have to keep reminding myself", Williams said. 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.

She's also a little more preoccupied with spending time with her 10-month-old baby girl, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. However, Clijsters completed a remarkable sporting comeback to win the 2009 US Open just 18 months after giving birth - becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles title since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide. "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this. I had a really tough delivery. and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not "normal" for me to be in a Wimbledon final". Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon. Now for sure she had a lot of big confidence, especially after the matches she won here already.

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Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd.

The 11th seed saved a break point in game six before breaking the Latvian's serve in the next game.

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.

Yet, just five months into her return from maternity leave, she has surprised experts and spectators alike by storming to the final, dropping just one set along the way. 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.

There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3. Immediately, though, she broke back at love to end it, placing her left fist on her chest when Goerges' last shot landed long. She underwent several procedures after blood clots settled on her lungs and her wound opened up, leaving her unable to get out of bed.

"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia. That was the hardest part _ accepting that I didn't", Williams said.

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