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Kerber 2-3 Ostapenko in first set

Kerber 2-3 Ostapenko in first set

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era.

However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it a year ago while pregnant.

The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.

Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London, July 10, 2018.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

In Saturday's final, Williams, 36, will compete against another German player, No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, herself a two-time Grand Slam champion. That was also the year she lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams.

Williams was ranked 25th in this year's tournament after giving birth to a baby daughter in September. Williams has won all four of their encounters.

At the beginning of the match, it seemed as if it may just work with the crowd-pleasing Ostapenko mixing her big boisterous hitting with some drop shots, as if to signal that she has soft hands as well.




"This is not inevitable for me". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest".

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.

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Goerges, the 13th seed, was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

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.

After having Princess Charlotte in May 2015, the Duchess's maternity leave lasted six months and it was expected to be the same length of time for her third child. 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. "We saw that she improved every single match she's playing here". There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.

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.