Wimbledon 2018 -- Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber reach final

Wimbledon 2018 -- Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber reach final

In an intense rally at 30-40, Williams stepped up a gear and forced an error from her opponent to take a 4-2 lead, and she followed that up with a comfortable hold. The Latvian plays an aggressive brand of first-strike tennis that carried her to the 2017 French Open title as an unseeded 20-year-old. Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

Ostapenko suddenly began to land some big blows, clawing back a couple of games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single game as Kerber showed late nerves.

"Pregnancy will not be penalized", USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said last month. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", said Williams after her semi-final win on Thursday.

Well, it looks like the USTA won't have to worry about it. 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.

However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games.

"It wasn't as tight as I was used to", she said last month. She also relocated to the south of Germany and cut back on playing doubles with Karolina Pliskova, who she reached the semifinals at Wimbledon with in 2016 only to lose to, you guessed it, the Williams sisters.

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The 23-time major victor can match the Australian legend's total of Slam titles on Saturday, though Williams already holds the record for most Open Era crowns won.

Two weeks on from that outing, Williams has reached her first Grand Slam final since becoming a mother, only 10 months after giving her birth to daughter Olympia. 'I think it doesn't matter against who she is playing.

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 the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break-point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

Williams, in fact, got broken just six times in the tournament, as her serve, like her ball-striking, became harder and cleaner.

She did fight back to break Williams when the American, seeded 25th despite her laughable ranking of 181st, was serving for the match at 5-3 up in the second. "In a way, it's by far the toughest, but in a way it's by far the best".

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