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

13 July, 2018, 03:20 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Jelena Ostapenko

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, watched on as wife Williams triumphed in her semi-final on Thursday, beating Julia Goerges 6-2 6-4 in one hour 10 minutes.

The left-handed Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion, used a seven-game run to beat 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3.

"It's not frustrating [being a favourite], but it's like, "C'mon guys, this is pretty awesome", Williams said.

Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title, returned to tennis in March, but failed to achieve any considerable progress in her first tournaments and struggled to regain decent competitive shape.

Prowling the baseline, Williams was aggressive and precise with her groundstrokes, keeping Goerges pinned back and working hard just to remain in rallies. I had a really tough delivery, I had to have multiple surgeries and nearly didn't make it.

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.

After getting broken by Goerges in the second set Thursday, Williams slammed the door on any thought of a rally by serving out the match with successive service blasts.

Williams has barely played in the last 18 months having taken a year off to start a family.

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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 remember when I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal to be in a Wimbledon final'.

Williams' movement is far from the best on tour but her game is so well oiled that it does not matter, her ability to control proceedings ensuring she was always perfectly placed to unleash another groundstroke. I didn't think I was going to make it at one point.

Williams v Kerber will be a rematch of the 2016 final. She won here I don't know how many times.

"I had age [in common with Williams] and a C-section, and I certainly wasn't coming back to play tennis", said Shriver, who's at Wimbledon as an ESPN analyst. Williams, who already holds the Open Era record for Grand Slam titles, can tie Court for most ever. "We played here in the final the last time I played here in the final. It would be really special to win", said the two-time Grand Slam champion.

"I want to be around as long as I can to support her".

On her third opportunity, the German drilled a winning return and raised her clenched fist into the clean Wimbledon sky.

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