Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Serena Williams said "it's crazy" that she has managed to reach a 10th Wimbledon final, 10 months after a series of life-saving surgeries which followed the birth of her daughter and that she still has "traumatic thoughts" over her own mortality.

The 23-time slam champion will equal Margaret Court's all-time haul of major titles if she beats Kerber on Saturday. In her seven victorious finals at The Championships, she has dropped just two sets: to Venus Williams in 2003 and to Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012. "These are the matches I was working for as a kid and to be in the final at Wimbledon is great".

After taking tentative steps in her return to the sport in which she has always been the dominant force, just 13 matches into her comeback and ranked 181st in the world, she appeared to be working at the level that enabled her to win 23 Grand Slams.

Told that Kensington Palace had announced the Duchess would be there, Serena smiled and said: "There you go". Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon. Now she's supporting me in a different role.

This semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points.

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Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all. I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries.

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In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

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.

Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner.

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.

Williams whose daughter Olympia was delivered by an emergency caesarean section on September 1, will play in the final, two months after taking a front row seat at Meghan's wedding in Windsor.

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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