Williams isn't taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she "didn't expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back". "I know that she is always pushing you to the limits". "I had a really tough delivery, and I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it, to be honest". Yes, Wimbledon is a Slam she's won seven times before and one where she hasn't dropped a match since 2014.
A second break allowed her to serve for the win at 5-1 and she had a match point, only for Ostapenko to find her range and stay alive. Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline with Williams.
If she beats Kerber on Saturday, Williams, who first won Wimbledon in 2002, will become the first mother to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong 38 years ago. "For me it's such a great feeling to be back in the final, playing again on Centre Court", said the German, who seems to have pulled herself together after a poor last season.
"I think it is a completely new match". Or, more to the point on this afternoon, how such a stinging serve and groundstrokes didn't help her avoid first-round exits each of the past five years at Wimbledon.
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Williams has barely played in the last 18 months having taken a year off to start a family. "For me, I only see joy out of it", Williams said with a smile. "Yeah, I have to be ready for the match of my life". After Kerber had her serve broken in the second set, Ostapenko powered back to take another game, but Kerber was able to complete the sweep when Ostapenko fired two serves back into the net and returned the final volley outside the lines on match point.
As for her focus on winning No. 24? I think everybody knows this tournament. It's just a number.
However, unforced errors were her downfall and particularly costly given Williams' unerring accuracy and solid service games. But the American discovered to be human and double faulted as Goerges played her best shots of the match to create her first break point chances.