Serena Williams vs Julia Goerges, Wimbledon 2018 semi-final

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

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.

It was clear right from the opening game of Angelique Kerber's Wimbledon semifinal how things were going to go.

Angelique Kerber reached her second Wimbledon final after nullifying the threat of Jelena Ostapenko.

It worked. The 11th-seeded Kerber reached her second final at the All England Club by avoiding too many mistakes and using a seven-game run to seize control of the match. "I just feel like when I don't have anything to lose, I just can play so free, and that's kind of what I'm doing".

After giving birth to daughter Olympia last September, Williams dealt with issues including blood clots, and she's been wearing compression leggings this fortnight as a precaution.

Last year, Williams took a break from competitive sport, announcing her pregnancy shortly after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open.

While it's unfair on the other players to merely write off their chances of challenging Williams, it's also slightly arbitrary to say the American can sweep all in her path given it is only her second grand slam since returning from maternity leave with her daughter still not a year old.

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Incredibly, with Williams serving for the match, Goerges broke back but it was a mere stay of execution as the mother-of-one broke again to advance to a 10th final. So I remember I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final.

She then gained an early break in the second set on her way to the win.

The 25th seeded American downed German 13th seed Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 to book her place in her 30th Grand Slam final.

That title pushed her past Steffi Graf's record of 22 majors in the half-century professional era; Court won some of her Slams during the amateur era.

Blogger Royal Suitor wrote: 'With Federer and Serena playing back-to-back I think we may get a Kate-Meghan outing to see the last two matches.

Williams has every reason to be confident against 13th-seeded Goerges of Germany, who is playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal. After a dismal 2017 during which she won just under 55% of her matches, a credible argument can be made suggesting she's been the best player in the women's game so far this year (she is 32-12 for a much healthier 73% clip).

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