Super-mum Serena ready for royal date with Meghan at Wimbledon

Danny Woods
July 13, 2018

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.

Although her 6-2 6-4 victory over German 13th seed Julia Gorges on Thursday was her first match against a top-50 player at these championships, she has shown enough power, desire and stamina here to answer any questions over the shape she is in.

"It's insane. I don't even know how to feel, you know, because literally, I didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back", Williams, 36, said, according to the Associated Press.

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open victor, beat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in Thursday's early semifinal.

In Saturday's final, Williams, 36, will compete against another German player, No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber, herself a two-time Grand Slam champion.

Serena Williams came through her semi-final on the Centre Court this afternoon and will go for her eighth Wimbledon singles title against Angelique Kerber on Saturday, having defeated Julia Görges of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

Wimbledon is just her fourth tournament since she signed off the tour with the 2017 Australian Open title.

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Serena Williams of the US reacts during her second round match against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova. "I had a hard birth, multiple surgeries, I nearly didn't make it".

The match was all over in just an hour and 10 minutes.

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.

The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and a keen tennis fan, so it's no surprise she will be taking a break from her maternity leave to make an appearance at the ladies' finals.

"This is as well as she has played, period, in her career", said nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova, commentating for the BBC.

Kerber, though, looms as a serious threat. She is, yeah, fighting. "That's what I'm doing", Serena said. Serving to stay in the match, Goerges lost the game in four short points, ending her Wimbledon run with a lob shot that flew long. "I was saying a lot of people are saying, 'Oh she should be in the final.' But for me, it's such a pleasure and a joy because less than a year ago I was going through so much stuff". But her opponent in the final knows what it's like to beat Williams for a major title. "I think that she steps up her game [against me]", Goerges said.

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