Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber storms past Jelena Ostapenko to reach final

Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber storms past Jelena Ostapenko to reach final

Serena Williams came through her semi-final on the Centre Court this afternoon and will go for her eighth Wimbledon singles title against Angelique Kerber on Saturday, having defeated Julia Görges of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

The sheer energy it took to stay with the 25th seed eventually took its toll, though, and Williams was ruthless in converting.

Serena Williams has been mobbed on her way out of show courts this fortnight. But the American discovered to be human and double faulted as Goerges played her best shots of the match to create her first break point chances.

Two months ago she withdrew from her French Open last 16 match against Russia's Maria Sharapova due to health problems just hours before the encounter was planned to start. "It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Hardly so. And Williams has made a point of raising the curtain on her rocky road back to make a larger point to women who feel overwhelmed by the changes in their bodies, emotions and priorities following childbirth. 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.

"There's word on the street", Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.

Ostapenko grew increasingly frustrated as she slipped a second break down and, despite hitting back to deny Kerber as she attempted to serve out for the match at 5-1, could not do enough. "I'm just enjoying every moment", Williams added.

Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel". She won here I don't know how many times.

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Saturday's final will be a re-match of the 2016 showpiece, which Williams won.

She completely controlled the game and crucially broke to 4-2 in the opening set. She remained on bed rest for several weeks afterward, unable to train until the end of the year.

"I think I was not thinking too much about against who I'm playing", Kerber said this week.

"Whatever happens, honestly", Williams said, "it's an incredible effort from me".

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she'll tie Margaret Court's all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

"I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts, especially now that I have a daughter".

This year's final is the first repeat of a previous Wimbledon final since 2009, when Serena Williams faced Venus Williams for the fourth time in SW19, winning 7-6 (3), 6-2. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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