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United States 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.

Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday in a rematch of the 2016 final at Wimbledon. Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, then sat out the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal. "So do I", Williams said.

Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record - she wants to smash it.

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies.


The Duchess of Sussex will cheer on Serena Williams who has reached her 10th Wimbledon women's singles final - just ten months after almost dying during childbirth. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago. 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". There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox. I didn't think I would be doing this just 15 months after. Every day I had to have a new surgery, and it was because all of the blood issues I have, I was really touch and go for a minute ...

Williams' match against Goerges featured two of the best servers around, and began quite evenly, until 2-all, 30-all. Second serve points won: Ostapenko (41 per cent), Kerber (73 per cent).

Will Serena match Court's record? But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again.

The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long. "I think it's just not fair". "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final. I didn't know I would have such traumatic thoughts". "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".


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