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Ten months after baby, Serena Williams in Wimbledon 2018 final against Kerber

Wimbledon Live Score Wimbledon Live Score Angelique Kerber will face Jelena Ostapenko in the first Wimbledon semi-final
Cassandra Castillo | 14 July, 2018, 06:54

Serena Williams is not focused on simply matching and breaking Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam record - she wants to smash it.

The left-hander lags behind Williams 6-2 in their previous meetings but one of her wins was in the Australian Open final in 2016, a year in which the German also claimed the U.S. Open and battled Williams in the Wimbledon final.

She would be only the second mother to win the title, only ten months after she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia.

The 36-year-old's pregnancy ended with an extremely hard delivery that left her needing several operations to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

"Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win".

Kerber is going to need every bit of her powerful return game and relentless hitting to force Williams to make mistakes. I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it to be honest. "It's not inevitable for me to be playing like this".

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. "I didn't know I would have such, kind of, traumatic thoughts".

Just hours later when it was confirmed that Serena Williams had won her place to compete for the trophy, she spoke of how excited she was to have her old friend in the crowd.

However she has put in just a handful of public appearances since giving birth to Prince Louis in April and has not been seen since she watched her husband play at the polo last month.

Regardless of her world rank of 183, Williams was given the 25th seed at Wimbledon as the All England Club overruled the WTA's positioning of Williams in world tennis. She won the grass-court tournament the last two times she played it, in 2015 and 2016, before missing it past year while pregnant.

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Keen tennis fan Kate is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, but hasn't attended the tournament so far this year as she's on maternity leave following the birth of Prince Louis.

In a testament to her remarkable longevity, the former world number one has now made at least one Grand Slam final for the last 12 years.

"A lot of people were saying, "Oh, she should be in the (Wimbledon) final".

When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena's dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment.

In both sets Goerges was broken in the sixth game, surrendering each with an error on break point.

Kerber faced down the young Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in the other semi final, so what will make the difference tomorrow?

"I was just trying to move good and take my chances".

"In a way, it's by far the toughest year for me, but in a way it's by far the best".

"It's such a great feeling to be back in the final. Playing on Centre Court is always great". The 30-year-old has bounced back from a bad 2017 and is close to the form that brought her the Australian and US Open titles two years ago. We are in 2018!

"I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final. I still have a match to win, so I'm not even there yet".

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