'It's crazy': Serena shocked by making 10th Wimbledon final

Serena books ticket to 10th Wimbledon final By IANS Last updated Jul 13 2018- 17:54:23 Share

Serena books ticket to 10th Wimbledon final By IANS Last updated Jul 13 2018- 17:54:23 Share

It was just the right tactic, although not that many players have the tools to execute it.

The 25th-seeded Williams will face No. 13 seed Goerges for a second straight major, having defeated the German in the French Open third round last month.

This is just her fourth tournament back since giving birth last September, and Williams is one win away from a 10th Wimbledon singles final appearance. "It's just about the next match now".

"A lot of people were saying, "Oh, she should be in the final".

Williams, seems to have taken the lead from her 10-month daughter in her approach to her comeback that has taken her to a 10th Wimbledon final. I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final. "But our friendship is still exactly the same". She's also won her past 15 grand slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

"I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final".

There was a different look about Williams when she headed out to Court 9 to warmup for her match, around 11:30 a.m.

Despite being favourite for the 2018 title, Williams admits it's "not inevitable", the BBC reports. Sock won the title in 2014 playing alongside Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Moments later, the 21-year-old was punished.

And after days of speculation it was confirmed that Williams' close friend Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, will be in the Royal Box to lend her support. The tennis champion and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Williams had been dominant on serve to that point and hadn't faced a break point until her final service game against her German opponent on Centre Court.

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Her semi-final was billed as attack versus defence and it was the solid, reliable manner of Kerber that prevailed as she let an erratic Ostapenko, who was going for winners on nearly every shot, hand her a swathe of free points. "Serena is one of the best players in the world".

The seven-time champion won the opening set of her semifinal, 6-2, against 13th-seeded Julia Goerges.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with the only brief wobble coming in the ninth game when Williams was broken.

The victor will face two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in the final. Aside from the American, Kerber has been the most successful of the remaining contenders, making the last four seven times at the majors. "This is the only chance to beat her.", said Kerber.

It is a no-contest in terms of serving strength, but Kerber can keep the pressure on powerhouse Williams by landing a high percentage of her first deliveries in court.

The match was all over in just an hour and 10 minutes.

The 11th-seeded Kerber, who was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2016, twice broke 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko's serve. She pushed me and won the first set against me. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries".

"She is clearly a really good grass-court player".

The 11th-seeded Kerber is seeking a return to the Wimbledon final and a possible rematch with Serena Williams, who beat the German in the 2016 final.

And in that one, it was Kerber who won in three sets to earn her first career Grand Slam title.

When Williams took a leave of absence to have her first child soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her streak might be under threat. "It's always an honour playing against her". Three months later, Williams and Ohanian, 35, Wednesday in an intimate New Orleans ceremony.

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