Unstoppable Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record

Tonya Becker
July 13, 2018

Although Serena Williams seemingly restored a sense of normality by reaching the final at the All England Club for the 10th time in her illustrious career with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Julia Goerges on Thursday, this time her appearance in the showpiece is far from ordinary. Williams is not shy about saying she, for one, is impressed by this.

It meant a familiar name will stand opposite Angelique Kerber in a repeat of the 2016 final, which Williams triumphed in, but the iconic American was keen to emphasize that her latest journey to the second Saturday can not be considered run of the mill.

But Serena had already made her mark on the tournament this year before she ever stepped foot on Centre Court. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit". Until the start of this tournament, that was the last match Williams played at Wimbledon.

After the brisk first set, Goerges competed much more effectively in the second until she saw her serve broken once more to give Williams the advantage.

'She's always going out there to win the matches, ' the German said. So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

It's nearly as if Serena Williams never left.

Ostapenko grew increasingly frustrated as she slipped a second break down and, despite hitting back to deny Kerber as she attempted to serve out for the match at 5-1, could not do enough. "So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment".

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

The old adage of feel your way in to a match and start solidly does not appear to apply to Ostapenko who put together a insane sequence to start her first Wimbledon semi-final.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.

Williams says the problems she faced after the birth of Olympia have left her in constant fear of new complications arising with a pulmonary embolism.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me". So do I. She's playing so well. Williams won that for a second consecutive title at the All England Club, then sat out the grass-court tournament a year ago while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors.

Ostapenko, seeded 12th at SW19, threw everything at her opponent but was not able to haul herself back into the contest at all.

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final.

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

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