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Kerber 2-3 Ostapenko in first set

Kerber 2-3 Ostapenko in first set

And Kerber, who has just two wins over her in eight meetings, knows she can not underestimate her current level.

"I think she's the best player".

Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if all it signified were merely another chance at another in a long line of trophies. Williams paused, realizing she, too, was getting ahead of herself.

"I didn't expect to play this well so quickly into my comeback", Williams said after the match.

Serena Williams demonstrated that having a baby had not robbed her of any of her phenomenal tennis skills when she became the first mother in 38 years to reach the Wimbledon final, with a 6-2 6-4 demolition of Germany's Julia Goerges on Thursday. Autograph hunters, selfie-seekers, memorabilia collectors, young, old, girls and boys, asking her to smile, telling her to keep going, calling her an inspiration. Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

In comparison, there were just seven errors off the racket of Kerber and that tells the story of where the encounter was won.

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

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies.

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke.

The former world number one will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday's showpiece.

Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. In addition, this was Williams' 20th consecutive victory at Wimbledon, a run which has taken her to the title in her last two appearances. Williams gave birth to a daughter in September.

"This is not inevitable for me". I had a tough delivery, multiple surgeries.

'I remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'. She's also won her past 15 Grand Slam matches since the start of the 2017 Australian Open, which she won while pregnant.

As top seed after top seed failed to advance past the early rounds, Serena sailed, dropping only one set in six matches.

There were moments when watching Goerges made it easy to wonder how it could be possible she never had been past a major's fourth round until now.

"I still have a match to win", she said.

To the crowd's delight, the Latvian came back strongly winning one of the three break points she had in the next game and then holding her own to reduce the margin to 3-5.

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