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Kerber, Serena set to reprise 2016 showdown

14 July 2018

Williams has returned to tennis after taking time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian September, and she looks just as dominant as ever.

The outcry over her unseeded status at the French Open-she didn't lack points for failing to win or because of injury, but rather because she was busy for over a year having a baby-led to the USTA reexamining the ranking and seeding process.

"I think it's awesome that she's even had time and made the effort [to get back to that level]", she said. "I lost count after, like, four surgeries because I was in so many surgeries", said Williams after her semifinal win on Thursday.

Serena can also equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles if she beats Kerber.

Williams is not one for doing things quietly during a career that has earned her 23 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic gold medals and more than $85 million dollars in prize money.

The erratic Ostapenko, who put up a fight in the final stages of the match, produced 30 winners but was eventually undone by 36 unforced errors. "It would be really special to win", she said.

When asked about the change, Williams said, "I don't know".

She's been excellent this Wimbledon, although it wasn't easy late against the stubborn Ostapenko.

We also have to see the player who is in only in her fourth tournament since her return from childbirth and a series of emergency surgeries to prevent life-threatening blood clots.

"It's no secret I had a super tough delivery".

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"I've been watching her matches". But Williams said that she had not been thinking about it here. Kerber did not dictate much, content to let 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko determine the outcome of almost every point.

Mitchell Ikoghode, 31, holding her 10-week-old son Noah, said: "It's awesome". At Wimbledon, on a 20-match unbeaten streak having lifted the title in 2015 and 2016, it is like she has never been away. Until then, Goerges, the first seeded player Williams faced these two weeks, showed she was capable of trading power from the baseline and big serves with Williams.

By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration.

"I don't have anything to lose and I feel I can play so free".

A "crazy" journey that began with Serena Williams taking baby steps back into top-flight tennis following a 13-month maternity break has come nearly full circle at Wimbledon as the American stands just one win away from what would be a remarkable triumph.

"I didn't know I would have such kind of traumatic thoughts, especially now that I have a daughter". "I couldn't even walk to my mailbox, so it's definitely not normal for me to be in a Wimbledon final", she said.

In the first set, the experienced Kerber broke twice while the only break point Ostapenko earned was when she was leading 3-2.

Kerber is a very good player but Serena is on the precipice of a first post pregnancy Slam to add to her legacy.

Williams has only dropped one set in six Wimbledon matches so far and that, alone, is an impressive feat.

Kerber, Serena set to reprise 2016 showdown