Serena to face Kerber in Wimbledon final


Serena to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

Serena Williams thinks of herself as Wimbledon royalty and the seven-time champion will be cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex in Saturday's final against Angelique Kerber.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel because I literally didn't think I'd do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams.

There was a time, when she was a much younger player, that Serena Williams got upset when she wasn't picked as the favorite to win Wimbledon.

"I lost count after four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said.

Speaking to reporters after Thursday's semifinal, Williams appeared relaxed and revealed more about the challenges she has faced since Alexis Olympia was born September 1, including a recurrence of life-threatening blood clots after her emergency Caesarean section.

Williams rested some after that, not practising serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents - or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter - until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

Williams' pregnancy was not without complications, as she told the BBC this week: "It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

She opened with a double fault and won the next point with a bludgeoning forehand of breathtaking audacity, a pattern that left the audience gasping at her free-flowing brilliance and then gasping again at her appalling blunders right through the game.

"Because of all the blood issues I have, It was really touch-and-go for a minute".

Referencing her dismal form a year ago, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that". Asked if Williams was reaching a broader audience now, Smoller said: "Of course".

Angelique Kerber's versatility bolsters her grass-court pedigree. "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits".

Wimbledon is just Serena's fourth tournament since returning to the tour in March. Serena's serve is too good at the moment, which will counter Kerber's return and ground strokes.

"I think she had really many advantages because of that".

She would be only the second mother to win the title, only ten months after she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia.

"Serena is the one who you want to play, who you want to get the experience from", said the German, whose previous five visits to the All England Club had ended in first-round defeats.

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.

It's easy to say that she only returned to win the record 24th Major, that she may have called time on her career if she had already had the record.

Kerber's road to her first major final since winning the US Open has proven just that.

Nearly decade older than Ostapenko, the 30-year-old's experience and patient waiting game paid rich dividends as Kerber only offered up seven mistakes from her end.