Wimbledon: Extraordinary Serena Williams into final


Kerber upset Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final, one of two Williams losses in her 12 Grand Slam finals since the start of 2012.

The former world number one will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday's showpiece. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery". She won here I don't know how many times.

"It's like, come on guys, this is pretty awesome".

"It's insane, I don't even know how to feel because I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams.

Williams appeared delighted but shocked to have made it through. "If Serena Williams enters the 2018 U.S. Open, the USTA will recognize her accomplishments, recognize her return to the workplace and will seed her, regardless of what her ranking is".

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"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months", said the American, who won the 2017 Australian Open while in the early stages of her pregnancy.

Germany's Angelique Kerber proved too solid for error-strewn Latvian Jelena Ostapenko as she reached her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3 6-3 victory on Thursday. So do I. She's playing so well. Williams broke for a 4-2 lead in the second when Goerges tried a rare drop shot that caught the top of the net tape and fell on her side. "Yeah, I have to be ready for the match of my life". "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits to play your best tennis". "I literally didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back in 16 months".

"[But] Every time I go out there, I want to I guess take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving". Her crosscourt forehand burned the German, who failed to get around it with that big swing. "She's trying to go faster than her body will allow her to go".

Goerges could only find the tram lines with a forehand down the line as Williams forced the first break, and a swirling cross-court forehand proved too hard for her to return as the first set went the way of the imperious American.

In the early stages Goerges was brimming with confidence, her serve and forehand getting some success that suggested an upset was not out of the question.