Serena Williams Advances to 2018 Wimbledon Final with Win vs. Julia Gorges

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Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles victor and seven times at Wimbledon, advanced to Saturday's Wimbledon final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Julia Görges on Thursday. Williams paused, realizing she, too, was getting ahead of herself. Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in their last meeting in the 2016 Wimbledon final and said she's been watching the German play well the last two weeks. She waited 42 main draw appearances in a Grand Slam before reaching her maiden semifinalists, the fifth longest wait in the Open Era behind Likhovtseva (46), Vinci (44), Tauziat and Vesnina (42).

"I lost count after four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", she said.

Williams has barely played in the last 18 months having taken a year off to start a family. Victory on Saturday would increase the 36-year-old American's grand slam tally to 24, equalling the all-time record held by Margaret Court. She's one match from making that happen, 10 months after childbirth. "It came from the palace that she is coming on Saturday". "I nearly couldn't make it to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final". "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile.

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Williams isn't taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she "didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back".

Kerber looked anxious and Ostapenko had a point to close to within a game but she dumped a backhand return into net and then coughed up two more errors to hand Kerber victory. I'm really proud to be back in the Wimbledon final, especially after past year where things weren't like I was expecting.

Williams is playing an extremely high level of tennis, and that she's doing so just months after her return from giving birth to her first child is simply remarkable.

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'But as I said in the past couple years, I don't want to limit myself. "I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so for me to back in a Wimbledon final isn't normal nor is it inevitable".

Williams can become the second mother in the last 38 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts.

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On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky. Goerges, playing her first Slam semifinal, sent a forehand flying wide off the sidelines to concede serve. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".