Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

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

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

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.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month. "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest", Williams said.

But she couldn't keep up with Williams, who grabbed 18 of 22 points and five consecutive games to close the first set and begin the next.

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The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long.

The 13th seed looked out of the contest at 5-3 down but she managed to force a gutsy break of serve with Williams serving for the match.

The Wimbledon ladies' finals are set to have a double dose of royal glamour this weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex are confirmed to be attending the match together on Saturday afternoon.

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On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.

"This is not inevitable for me", said Williams, who gave birth in September. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era. "I don't know. There's word on the street", added the 36-year-old. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed. "That shows that she has a lot of respect for me, really going for her shots".

For Kerber it is a second opportunity to win Wimbledon in a final after she reached the showpiece match in 2016. She was not going to dictate or control much. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile. "I have to be ready for the match of my life". In the other semi-final on the day, Angelique Kerber takes on Jelena Ostapenko. "That's kind of what I'm doing". It's just a number. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win.

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However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games. So do I. She's playing so well. "So I'm not even there yet".

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