Serena Williams: Wimbledon final is 'awesome' after having baby

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd.

Williams then said she did not feel she deserved her status as the media's favourite for another Wimbledon title, as she had only "played four tournaments".

Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record - she wants to smash it.

Kerber, a finalist at Wimbledon just two years ago, and a two-time Slam victor, should be a much tougher test. Serena had not faced another seeded player in this tournament until Goerges.

Williams was in control from the outset against 13th seed Gorges, who was making her Grand Slam semi-final debut.

"To be honest, I felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments", she said.

"That's why she is there where she is now", the German said after taming misfiring Latvian 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 on today.

Ostapenko, who won the 2017 French Open title, was playing in her first Wimbledon semi-final.

But the seven-time Wimbledon is not merely planning on matching the Aussie's 24-Slam haul and insists she won't "limit" herself by setting a finite target. Against Naomi Osaka in the third round, she cracked 23 winners to 5 unforced errors, unsettling the youngster with her aggression.

Saturday's final against Angelique Kerber could certainly be quite a moment. That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match.

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.

"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me". I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many. I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final.

The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition. But it's precisely that versatility, the ability to play both a counter-punching game and an aggressive game, that has landed her consistently in the final frames of the majors this year.

Will Serena match Court's record? No disrespect to the likes of Goerges and Mladenovic who are good players, but they are not Williams' equal.

But she has not had it easy. In the quarter-finals, she dropped the first set against Camilia Giorgi, ranked No.52, and had not faced a seed until playing the 13th-seeded Goerges.

"She's carrying a message and on a platform that is so much bigger than a tournament or a sport, " said Jill Smoller, her long-time agent. She was solid in every facet of the game. "It's such a great feeling".

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