Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Why It's Always a Bad Idea to Underestimate Serena Williams

Why It's Always a Bad Idea to Underestimate Serena Williams

Williams is headed to her 10th Wimbledon final after defeating Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday.

Williams is set to face another German player in the final, 11th-seed Angelique Kerber, who also booked a spot in the decisive match beating Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in her respective semifinal. Williams won that for a second consecutive Wimbledon title, then sat out the grass-court tournament previous year while pregnant, part of a 16-month gap between majors. "That's why she is there where she is now", Kerber said of Williams. Four tournaments after her pregnancy, Serena is back where he'd always wanted to be, in contention to tie Australia's Margaret Court on 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the all-time record.

The German was utterly ruthless in her approach as she broke early and held her advantage, conceding just three games in the opening set. This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest.

If she beats Kerber on Saturday, Williams, who first won Wimbledon in 2002, will become the first mother to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong 38 years ago.

Williams' match against Goerges was even until 2-all, 30-all.

Fittingly, Williams' daughter was in the Centre Court crowd as tennis's latest super-mum dismantled Goerges like she needed to get her 10-month-old back home in time for an afternoon nap. "Again, I've said it all week, this is only my fourth tournament back". "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final". I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

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Serena Williams is playing some of her best tennis, and she'll go for her eighth Wimbledon title on Saturday. "So I'm taking everything as it is and just enjoying every moment".

The outcry over her unseeded status at the French Open-she didn't lack points for failing to win or because of injury, but rather because she was busy for over a year having a baby-led to the USTA reexamining the ranking and seeding process. In the set, Williams won an incredible 87 percent of her first-serve points (13 of 15).

Kerber was under pressure straight away on her own serve and the match might have taken a different course if Ostapenko had not blazed a forehand long at 30-30 with the court gaping.

Kerber has her heart set on winning a first Wimbledon title after booking a return to the final.

"I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts, especially now that I have a daughter". "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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