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

Julia Goerges of Germany celebrates winning her Ladies' Singles Quarter Finals match against Kiki Bertens Julia Goerges was overcome at the moment of victory over Kiki Bertens in their Wimbledon quarter-final Credit Clive Mason Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2018, 01:33

Goerges could only find the tram lines with a forehand down the line as Williams forced the first break, and a swirling cross-court forehand proved too hard for her to return as the first set went the way of the imperious American. But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again. "That's what I'm doing", Serena said. Her mobility is solid, her serve is incredible, and she's been taken to three sets just once all tournament.

But Goerges' composure deserted her and a double fault handed Williams a trio of match points. Especially at Wimbledon, where she's one victory from an eighth championship.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month.

She will face either seven-time champion Serena Williams or fellow German Julia Georges in the final.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it.

In the final, Williams will play Angelique Kerber after the German's 6-3, 6-3 win over Jelena Ostapenko.

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'. She won here I don't know how many times.

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"For me, having to deal with PEs is more mentally challenging because if I have a pain in my leg, I automatically go to the worst-case scenario", she said.

It's a staggering achievement for Williams, who defeated Kerber in the 2016 final at the All England Club before sitting out the 2017 tournament to prepare for motherhood.

'She's trying to, yeah, playing like she played the years before where she won the big matches.

Serena Williams was expecting to take "baby steps" on her return to tennis as a mum but after reaching the Wimbledon final wants to make giant strides. The 36-year-old, playing only her fourth tournament since coming back from a complicated birth 10 months ago, made only four unforced errors in the first set. Now she's supporting me in a different role. "I'm happy and proud to be back in a Grand Slam final, it's what I was working for since I was in a kid".

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second.