Wimbledon 2018: Angelique Kerber storms past Jelena Ostapenko to reach final

A stunning double-handed backhand to hold serve for 3-2 in the opening set was followed with a cry of "Come on!" from the 36-year-old.

The American is quite the queen of Centre Court, whether she's swinging her racket or engaging with the fandom.

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Williams, who is in a major final just 13 matches into a stirring comeback, said, "This is insane, I don't know how to feel. I'm just enjoying every moment". I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it. I didn't think I was going to make it at one point. "I remember I couldn't even walk to my mail box, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final". In her last visit to SW19, Williams beat Kerber for the 2016 title. That's wildly impressive. Believe me, I know she wants to go out there and win. "It'll be a good match".

Williams can become the second mother in the last 38 years to win a Grand Slam singles title. Williams broke the ace-thumping, heavy-striking German again in the seventh game before serving out the set in 33-minutes.

It was not until the sixth game that the seven-time Wimbledon champion had a breakthrough. But it was Kerber who played the smarter game, keeping her cool, counter-punching whenever possible, and refusing to be rattled by the screaming winners that her opponent hit time and again. A break and a consolidation gave Williams another 5-2 lead.

The German was unable to turn that break into anything resembling a comeback, however, as Williams quickly earned three match points in the following game and converted when Gorges sent a lob long.

Williams, who hates being broken, reacted swiftly, back with game and grunt, she broke for the match.

All of the time away pushed someone who's spent more than 300 weeks ranked No 1 down the rankings - she began Wimbledon at 181st, but was seeded 25th on account of her past success - and no one could quite be sure how the American would fare over these two weeks. "I don't know. There's word on the street", added the 36-year-old.

Serena is well established as one of her sport's all-time greats and winning the title for the third time in the last four years - she missed the 2017 tournament due to her pregnancy - would only enhance her standing.

"I feel like she's been playing really well". "2017 is over, we are in 2018". I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final.

  • Rosalie Stanley