Serena Williams reaches 10th Wimbledon final with straight sets win

Arnold Nichols
July 15, 2018

The erratic Ostapenko, who put up a fight in the final stages of the match, produced 30 winners but was eventually undone by 36 unforced errors.

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. Broken while serving for the match, she responded with more pressure, attacking the weak link she saw Georges's forehand - and eventually broke right back to clinch the win.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams who returned to tournament play in March after a 13-month absence.

Two months away from turning 37, and just 10 months after giving birth to her first child, this extraordinary athlete now has the opportunity to relive the 2016 Wimbledon final, when she played and defeated Kerber.

Williams became the oldest woman to win Wimbledon two years ago, beating Kerber in what was their last meeting.

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".

It worked. The 11th-seeded Kerber reached her second final at the All England Club by avoiding too many mistakes and using a seven-game run to seize control for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the 12th-seeded Ostapenko on Thursday. After a dismal 2017 during which she won just under 55% of her matches, a credible argument can be made suggesting she's been the best player in the women's game so far this year (she is 32-12 for a much healthier 73% clip).

With experience of three Grand Slam finals, two against Williams, she will not be cowed on Saturday.

Kerber's road to her first major final since winning the US Open has proven just that. Kerber, who lost to Williams in Wimbledon's 2016 final, will have a shot at redemption in what's already been a solid season.

The public didn't learn about Williams' medical complications after childbirth until months after Olympia's birth in September. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing. Serena also won in straight sets over Julia Goerges, where she racked up five aces and converted 87% of her first serve points.

"This was not inevitable for me", Williams said after the match, which took 70 minutes to complete. I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final.

As top seed after top seed failed to advance past the early rounds, Serena sailed, dropping only one set in six matches.

Men's quarterfinals: Kevin Anderson beat Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11; John Isner beat Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3; Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Rafael Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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Goerges, who hit 20 winners and managed a break against Williams in the second set, said she was honored Williams brought her A-game to Centre Court.

"She brings her "A game" in a lot of important moments", Goerges said.

But there is a serious side to these outfits: the compression tights and sleeves are worn to prevent blood clots by improving blood flow, and she says it means she can "play without problems".

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