Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

Serena Williams wins at Wimbledon, headed to finals

This will be Williams' 10th final at the All England Club, according to Wimbledon, putting her in position to tie Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

In September 2017, she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia, an experience which she later described as life-threatening and detailed complications she faced from a pulmonary embolism and a host of surgeries to prevent blood clots spreading to her lungs. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old.

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel", Williams said after the match.

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Croatia were a different team after the break, dominating play and looking the better side. In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares.

"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. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final".

At the beginning of the match, it seemed as if it may just work with the crowd-pleasing Ostapenko mixing her big boisterous hitting with some drop shots, as if to signal that she has soft hands as well.

"Whatever happens, honestly, it's an incredible effort from me and just good motivation to keep going for the rest of our career", Williams said. I think that's what I was doing in the past, I was limiting myself. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

Wimbledon continues Friday with the men's semifinals: Rafael Nadal playing Novak Djokovic for a 52nd time, most between two men in the Open Era (Djokovic leads 26-25), and American John Isner against South African Kevin Anderson in a match of first-time Wimbledon semifinalists. Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.

It took Kerber two tries to serve out the victory, getting broken to 5-2.

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