Super-Mom Serena into 10th Wimbledon final

Ross Houston
July 14, 2018

"But in a way, it's by far the best". "There was definitely pressure towards the end", said Williams, who also completed the Serena Slam in 2003.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press.

Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club, and she'll be playing her seventh match in the last two weeks when she meets 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.

If she beats Kerber on Saturday, Williams, who first won Wimbledon in 2002, will become the first mother to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong 38 years ago.

She's been wearing compression leggings during her matches as a precaution and says she remains nervous.

"If I could pick to play any one single player from another generation it would be Serena Williams at Wimbledon, no question", Navratilova said in her London Evening Standard newspaper column on Friday.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates defeating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in the Wimbledon semifinals. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament past year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

We also have to see the player who is in only in her fourth tournament since her return from childbirth and a series of emergency surgeries to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 - won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. "In case no one's told you yet today, I want to remind you that you are greater than your circumstances", she wrote two days out, as if aware she was building up to something worth commemorating. "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this". I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition.

An avid tennis fan, Kate has attended nearly every year since becoming a royal, is patron of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and famously had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead.

Given Williams's domination of the sport over the past two decades, it is easy to assume that she can summon greatness at the snap of her fingers. "It's surgery - major abdominal surgery - and she had all these other complications". Kerber only had 10 winners and converted 61% of her first serve points.

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

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts. Along the way she has seen off the entire careers of world-class players.

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