Serena Williams's seven Wimbledon titles

Serena Williams's seven Wimbledon titles

The 36-year-old's pregnancy ended with an extremely hard delivery that left her needing several operations to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

Speaking to reporters after Thursday's semifinal, Williams appeared relaxed and revealed more about the challenges she has faced since Alexis Olympia was born September 1, including a recurrence of life-threatening blood clots after her emergency Caesarean section.

In the build-up to Thursday's semi-final against Julia Goerges, there had been some rumblings that Williams had yet to be tested as she had been fortunate not to run into any top 50 player since none of the top 10 seeds made it into the last eight.American great Billie Jean King had also voiced the main concern that remained about Williams. "Because of all the blood issues I have, I was really touch-and-go for a minute". "I've played tennis for over 30 years, so I'm so used to [being] incredibly fit".

"Because I have Olympia. It's just a number and I want to get as many as I can".

Williams is proud of her accomplishments and the fight ahead on the court.

"She knew how to win that match by her experience, and". Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final having belted more winners (199), more aces (44) and more unreturned serves (113) than anyone else in the women's draw but those statistics counted for little when she came up against a red-hot Williams.

Williams, the world No. 181 who was given a protected seeding of No. 25 by tournament organizers due to her pedigree, is two titles shy of Martina Navratilova's all-time women's singles record at the All England Club. I don't know because the body's holding up and the desire is there. "So do I", Williams said.

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Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach of six years, has had an open and casual relationship with the press in the past, speaking freely about Williams play and, more recently, her comeback. I felt like when I played on Court Three, for example, the shots I was hitting were more effective than the shots I was hitting today.

For the second time, the American secured the "Serena Slam" as she held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.

Williams' pregnancy was not without complications, as she told the BBC this week: "It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

Pat Cash, the 1987 men's singles champion, said: "I think it just shows how mentally strong she is". But unlike in the quarterfinals, when she needed seven match points to win, this time it required only two, with the match ending - fittingly enough - on a forehand by Ostapenko that sailed wide.

"I still have a match to win", she said.

After a breakthrough 2016, during which she won the Australian Open and US Open and rose to No. 1 in the world, Kerber struggled with the weight of expectation in 2017, as she dropped out of the top 20 for the first time in five years. "Wimbledon is a really special place". I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts...

And, while there were plenty of doubters when Williams spluttered in the first matches of her return to action earlier this year, somehow it was never in doubt that this latest chapter in Serena's life would have a happy ending.

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