Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

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. Kerber, who lost to Williams in Wimbledon's 2016 final, will have a shot at redemption in what's already been a solid season.

Playing her first Wimbledon semifinal, 21-year-old Ostapenko rallied to save a match point and break Kerber's serve for the first time, but the German saved a break point as she served out the match at the second attempt.

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.


She will vie for her eighth Wimbledon title against German Angelique Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 Wimbledon final, which Williams won in straight sets.

"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. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest". "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". She's coming back and for me also I'm coming back from 2017. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

She was, instead, going to employ spectacular defense and solid, steady play, while letting her opponent, Jelena Ostapenko, be the one to determine the outcomes of almost every point. She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.


"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me. and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Williams added.

Ostapenko won the French Open in 2017 by playing in this manner and knows no other way, but she had an off day and, despite hitting 30 winners, it was her 35 unforced errors that cost her any chance of progressing. She won here I don't know how many times. Until then, Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline and big serves with Williams. There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3.


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