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Ten months after baby, Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2018 final against Kerber

14 July, 2018, 07:15 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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U.S. tennis star Serena Williams has outplayed Julia Görges of Germany 6-2 6-4 to propel herself into the Wimbledon final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter.

Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut as a precocious teenager and 16 years since she clinched her maiden title at the All England Club, Serena remains virtually unstoppable on grass.

Jul 12, 2018; London, United Kingdom; 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 also closing in on her 24th Grand Slam title, which would equal Margaret Court's all-time record. It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox.

But that's changed this year at Wimbledon. "It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through".

There was a time, when she was a much younger player, that Serena Williams got upset when she wasn't picked as the favorite to win Wimbledon.

"Because of all the blood issues I have, It was really touch-and-go for a minute".

"Because I have Olympia".

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.

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"Serena loves to turn it up a notch at every level and very few players can hold their nerve".

Against Gorges she appeared to conserve energy by not running for the balls she was unlikely to make but then occasionally charged forward to the net to finish off a point and show she could still move around the court well. It's nearly like she's not feeling the pressure as much as life has taken a different turn.

She was off the tour for more than a year after her Australian Open title in January 2017 - won while she was pregnant, she later revealed. The pair will now contest their third Grand Slam final, with each having won one so far. "I don't even know how to feel". That latter option would make the two-hand backhand tricky, but I feel like Serena could give it a go.

"This is not inevitable for me to be playing like this". Playing on Centre Court is always great,"said Kerber, who's bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996".

"I honestly felt I would have done better in some of the earlier tournaments. I think she's incredibly confident", she said. "It's just a number".

The Wimbledon women's final is set: It'll be Serena Williams, 36-year-old and mother of a 10-month-old daughter Serena Williams, against Angelique Kerber. "Wimbledon is a really special place". "I know that sounds weird, but I worked out a lot and I worked hard".

"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.

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.

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