Unstoppable Serena Williams closes in on Margaret Court's record

13 July, 2018, 03:21 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Jelena Ostapenko

At 36 years and 291 days, the sixth-oldest Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open Era dominated 62 64 Julia Goerges and became the third oldest major finalist. In her last visit to SW19, Williams beat Kerber for the 2016 title.

The American is projected to move to No.28 by finishing runner-up and No.19, while Goerges will rise to No.10 by making the last four.

"It's insane, I don't even know how to feel because I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", said Williams.

"When I don't have anything to lose, I can just play so free and that's what I'm doing".

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"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final. I had multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it when I gave birth. It was tough. There was a time where I could barely walk to my mailbox.

"Whatever happens, honestly it's an incredible effort from me. and good motivation to keep going for the rest of my career", Williams added. She will also be returning to Wimbledon the following day with her husband Prince William to watch the Gentlemen's Singles Final on Centre Court.

Williams is the lowest ranked player to reach the women's final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final. "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final".

When you remember the fact that she continues to suffer from pulmonary embolisms and that she will turn 37 in September - there are younger players taking part in this year's invitational doubles - her achievements are truly astonishing, however rich her past pedigree.

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As top seed after top seed failed to advance past the early rounds, Serena sailed, dropping only one set in six matches. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches, going to the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant. After both Williams and Goerges held, the 29-year-old German won three straight points off Williams' serve and broke back three points later to get back on serve. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and big groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

The left-hander had to save a break point, too, at 2-3 - conjuring an ace.

Serena Williams has been mobbed on her way out of show courts this fortnight. When Serena went serving for the match, things looked done and dusted. "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final.

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