Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

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She added: "I was expecting a few more baby steps myself".

"It is a completely new match [this year]", Kerber said after defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals Thursday.

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second.

It's been two years and a lifetime since Williams, 36, and Kerber, 30, met on Centre Court. What Federer did at the Australian Open - you prove to yourself you can win the biggest tournament in the world, or one of the biggest, and then you know you can do it again. Kerber won the US Open two months later, but struggled throughout 2017. She dropped out of the top 20, failed to make another Slam final and fired her longtime coach. "It would be really special to win", she said.

"I don't think it's the right thing to do", Dominika Cibulkova told the BBC before the decision came down.

However she has put in just a handful of public appearances since giving birth to Prince Louis in April and has not been seen since she watched her husband play at the polo last month. "She does it so well".

Kerber, who also won the Australian Open in 2016, is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Graf in 1996.

Serena Williams defeated Julia Goerges in straight sets to reach her 10th Wimbledon final and 30th Grand Slam final overall.


"Kerber maybe edges it on movement, but Serena wins everything else: serve, return of serve, pace, variety, experience, you name it", Navratilova said.

Serena Williams (USA) celebrates match point during her match against Julia Goerges (GER) on day 10 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. "She's such a great opponent".

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she'll tie Margaret Court's all-time record for grand slam singles titles. The 36-year-old will also become the oldest mother to win a grand slam title and only the second mother to win Wimbledon. But it will be no easy road.

Williams had to overcome medical complications both during and after the birth, with her competitive return to tennis only coming in March.

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.

- This was an emotional fifth Wimbledon title for Serena after injury and health issues forced her to the sidelines for over a year between 2010 and 2012. She's won 89 percent of her service games and 80 percent of points on first serve. She was unable to take advantage of her opponent's sub-80 miles per hour serves. To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time. Williams paused, realizing she, too, was getting ahead of herself. Equally important will be the mental game that goes on between these two women.

They've played each other a total of eight times in the past, and Williams leads 6-2. "We had so many great matches in the last years". Williams, who had lost the French Open final just weeks earlier, was back to her best, dropping only one set en route to the silverware.

'Yeah, she's a fighter.

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