Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Serena seeks eighth Wimbledon crown to cap another comeback

Angelique Kerber in action Kerber has a decent shot at the title Credit Eddie Mulholland
Shannon Reynolds | 14 July, 2018, 06:52

To hear people say, 'Oh, she's a favorite.' Like, the last 16 months, I've played in four tournaments and was carrying another human half that time. Really soak in the improbability of what the 23-time Grand Slam champion has accomplished so far this tournament.

Across the net, she will find that same Angelique Kerber whom she defeated in her last title-match appearance on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Certainly didn't take long for the 36-year-old American to get her game in gear and close in on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title, one short of Martina Navratilova's record, and 24th Grand Slam trophy in all, equaling Margaret Court's all-time mark.

"Again, I've said it all week, this is only my fourth tournament back. For me, I only see joy out of it".

After hitting five aces with a serve that reached 119 miles per hour, delivering 16 winners to only seven unforced errors, and covering the court so well with speed and effort, Williams will face another German, 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber, on Saturday.

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".

The left-handed Kerber, a former No 1 and two-time major champion, beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Serena Williams played a total of seven matches in 2018 before arriving at the All England Club.

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'She know the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here.

Kerber let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point. By the end, Ostapenko had far more winners, 30-10, and far more unforced errors, 36-7.

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Williams rested some after that, not practicing serving at all for a couple of weeks, and was able to ease into things once Wimbledon began because of a draw that allowed her to avoid playing any seeded opponents _ or anyone ranked inside the top 50, for that matter _ until Goerges, who was making her Grand Slam semifinal debut. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", Williams said.

Even for a player who missed eight months due to knee surgery after her 2003 Wimbledon win, another six in 2006, which she later blamed on depression, and had a year out after lacerating her foot on broken glass following her 2010 Wimbledon triumph, this comeback has perhaps been her biggest challenge.

"Being here and having an opportunity to play is super great for me". "It was quite tough but I'm happy to be through".

I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final. Then came her singles return, at Indiana Wells in March, when she won her first two matches before losing to her sibling.

An avid tennis fan, Kate has attended nearly every year since becoming a royal, is patron of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and famously had a tennis court built at her Amner Hall home. But there is no statistic fantastic enough to convey the implausibility of the outcome - a 6-2, 6-4 win over Goerges that at once felt predetermined, yet unthinkable just a short time ago.

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