Serena shocked by comeback success

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In Saturday's final, Williams, 36, will compete against another German player, No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, herself a two-time Grand Slam champion.

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

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said her "dream match" would have been on Centre Court against Serena Williams.

Williams watched Wimbledon from afar past year when her sister Venus lost to Spain's Garbine Muguruza but, in truth, it feels as if she has never been away after she dropped only one set as she progressed to a 10th Wimbledon final.

While Leah Stivala wrote: 'I'm just patiently waiting for Meghan Markle to be in the Royal Box with Kate watching Serena at Wimbledon'.

Six months later she surpassed Steffi Graf's Open era record of Grand Slam titles by winning the Australian Open while pregnant, before signing off for maternity leave. Ostapenko: Winners (30), Unforced Errors (36); Kerber: Winners (10), Unforced Errors (7).

After tumbling out of the top 10 previous year, the German left-hander appears back to the blistering form that carried her to the top ranking and three major finals in 2016, including grand slam triumphs in Melbourne and NY.

The youngest of five daughters, Serena was drilled intensely by her father Richard Williams, who was happy to let schoolchildren hurl insults at his girls as they played.

But on the grass of Wimbledon, a surface she has always been comfortable on and one that doesn't need as much force as clay, she has built up a commendable momentum right from the start.

Three hundred and fourteen days after becoming a mother, tennis champion Serena Williams earned her spot in the finals at Wimbledon.

We also have to see the player who is in only in her fourth tournament since her return from childbirth and a series of emergency surgeries to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

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"I don't know if it's been the toughest, because I have Olympia".

Kerber didn't have her serve broken once in the first set and defied a crowd that was very pro-Ostapenko towards the end of the match. But Williams said that she had not been thinking about it here. In 1973 she triumphed at the Australian, French and US Opens.

After all the controversy about the decision to seed Williams 25th at Wimbledon despite her position at 181 in the WTA rankings, she has proved the tournament's officials were actually too conversative.

Angelique Kerber is not the least bit surprised Serena Williams once again stands between her and a coveted Wimbledon crown. That was also the year the German was the runner-up at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams in the title match.

"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me". "It was tough. There was a time I could barely walk to my mailbox".

Williams has improved round by round at SW19 over the past two weeks and her power was a joy to behold as surprisesemi-finalist Goerges was beaten 6-2 6-4.

A "crazy" journey that began with Serena Williams taking baby steps back into top-flight tennis following a 13-month maternity break has come nearly full circle at Wimbledon as the American stands just one win away from what would be a remarkable triumph.

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

She is by far the most risky player the American has faced so far this fortnight and is on something of a comeback trail herself after a slump in 2017.

For 29-year-old Goerges, Thursday's outing was not completely a lost cause because despite the mauling, she had finally made it to a semi-final at one of the four majors - albeit on her 42nd attempt.

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