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Serena goes from struggling to walk to Wimbledon final

Angelique Kerber Kerber through to Wimbledon final after easy win over Ostapenko
Sidney Guerrero | 14 July, 2018, 06:53

Win or lose, she was defying odds and outperforming even the most optimistic predictions for her first year back on tour.

Williams has only dropped one set en route to the final and beat Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 in the semis.

After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.

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Williams also moved past Billie Jean King to sixth in the all-time list of female Grand Slam singles champions with 13 major titles.

In a testament to her remarkable longevity, the former world number one has now made at least one Grand Slam final for the last 12 years.

- For the second time, the American secured the "Serena Slam" as she held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

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. But she struck back immediately and looked to the sky when an attempted lob from Gorges flew out to give her the victory.

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Angelique Kerber's versatility bolsters her grass-court pedigree. "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" she said in the post match interview.

At 181st in the world, Williams is technically the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final - although given her stellar record, it's a statistic that is unlikely to carry much weight. "Otherwise, I think she's not only defensive player, she can hit winners, as well". "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", Williams said.

But it has not even been a year since Williams spent six days in hospital after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia by emergency C-section and then needing surgery to prevent blood clots entering her lungs with potentially fatal consequences. 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. She's a champion. That's why she is there where she is now'. That first game consisted of eight points: Three were unforced errors by Ostapenko, including a double-fault to begin the proceedings; the other five were winners by her, including a 100 miles per hour ace to close the hold.

From the moment she arrived at All England - heck, before she stepped Nike to perennial ryegrass - the aura around Williams felt different than in her previous three tournaments.

"I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final".

"I had a really tough pregnancy delivery".

If Ms Williams takes the title on Sunday, she will write herself into the Wimbledon history books.

"She knew how to win that match by her experience, and". She talked about the power of walking into her matches knowing she has nothing to lose, a point of view she gained by losing nearly everything.

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