Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Sublime Serena to face Kerber in her 10th Wimbledon final

Making her 18th main draw appearance at the All England Club, Williams continued her bid to win her eighth Wimbledon singles title, joining Helen Wills-Moody: in the Open Era, only Martina Navratilova has won more (nine titles).

The second set was quite simply a masterclass in precision groundstrokes from Kerber as she again broke early to seize the advantage.

Serena Williams of the US reacts during her second round match against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

On Saturday, Williams can match Australian Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and move one shy of Martina Navratilova's record nine Wimbledons.

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", she said courtside.

Williams had daughter Olympian on September 1, followed by a pulmonary embolism and being bedridden for six weeks.

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The first of the two matches on Centre Court seemed to hold more promise given the contrasting styles of the two players.

Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start. Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

In the driving seat, Williams began hitting the ball cleanly and with her customary mesomorphic beauty, holding her serve and then breaking Goerges, this time to love.

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.

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.

The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko's aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors.

Wimbledon, where she was made the No 25 seed despite having fallen outside the top 150 in the world, is only her fourth tournament of 2018 but she has only dropped one set on her way to the semi-finals. Win or lose, she was defying odds and outperforming even the most optimistic predictions for her first year back on tour. "So do I", Williams said.

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