Serena to face Kerber in Wimbledon final

Julia Goerges of Germany celebrates winning her Ladies' Singles Quarter Finals match against Kiki Bertens

"This is not inevitable for me, I had a really tough delivery and multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest", said Williams after her semi-final victory on Thursday.

Williams duly raced to victory, delighting the packed Centre Court crowd with a display that confirms the 36-year-old is nearing her best form at the ideal moment.

She has dropped just one set at this Wimbledon, against Camila Giorgi in the quarter-finals, and has served the second fastest serve at 122mph - just behind sister Venus' 123mph delivery. "For me it's such a pleasure and a joy because, you know, less than a year ago, I was going through so much stuff". Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. Williams beat Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in their last meeting in the 2016 Wimbledon final and said she's been watching the German play well the last two weeks.

Her first Grand Slam tournament back was the French Open, where she won three matches before withdrawing last month because of an injured chest muscle. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

A jubilant Williams was back giving the crowd a one-arm raised victory twirl after reaching a 10th Wimbledon final when her opponent swiped a lob behind the baseline.

Wimbledon is just her fourth tournament since she signed off the tour with the 2017 Australian Open title. With the match at 2-2, Williams kicked off a streak of five consecutive games won.




It has all meant that Williams, who will be watched on Saturday from the Royal Box on Centre Court by her good friend the Duchess of Sussex, is the favourite for a title that will make her the fourth Grand Slam-winning mum of the Open era.

It was the first time at these championships that the American had faced a player ranked in the top 50 and she stepped up with a powerful display that also showed better movement around the court than in previous rounds.

Gorges was solid to start the second set as she held her first two service games again, but just as in the first, Williams broke through in the sixth.

"She brings her "A game" in a lot of important moments", Goerges said.

'To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament, ' she said after beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4.

There was one brief blip to come: Williams got broken for the only time while serving for the match at 5-3. "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".

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